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**The Official Shoe Care Thread: Tutorials, Photos, etc.**

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr. Moo, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. Zapasman

    Zapasman Senior member

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    Thanks for your answer. I see you have not used neither Renomat nor acetone to strip off the colour of your shoes. Therefore my understanding is that you just went for a deep cleaning before applying different coloured creams. I wonder whether I should use Renomat to strip off the original light colour of the shell and continue with some mahogany cream/wax or just brush the shell and continue with the darker creams/waxes during a long period of time. No one in this forum that I am aware of, have stripped off their shells with Reno nor acetone and I would like to know the results in advance. Cheers.
     
  2. ace13x

    ace13x Senior member

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    I don't know how you go about de-colorizing you shell. My intensions were only to remove the wax, and get back to the burgundy shell underneath.
     
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  3. frankyarmo

    frankyarmo New Member

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    Big Problem :( :( :(

    Today i discoverd green mold i my shoes at First i Didnt think it was mold and i just rubed with a Paperback towel ower now i dont know if i got everithing. So now what should I Do should i go to a cobler and let him open the shoe and Put in New lining and footbed or should I pur in alkohol wather Mix or wineger.
    Im realy angry because the shoes were expencive and i just started wearing them a 2 month ago
     
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  4. whorishconsumer

    whorishconsumer Senior member

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    @ace13x, @Petepan

    Gash is not gone but is significantly reduced in appearance, after application of some Lexol conditioner and aggressive brushing with a horse hair. Admittedly I'm not the most accomplished in the art of buffing.

    Thanks again.

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  5. tropics

    tropics Senior member

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    2 heavy coats of lexol and a bit of elbow grease worked like a champ.

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  6. ace13x

    ace13x Senior member

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    Out of curiosity, did you do the whole shoe or just the area around the gash? Another light coat around that area might yield further improvement.

    I mentioned before I had a pair of Aldens with really bad scrapes, It took a few applications before I could fade them until they were only visible up close. I didn't mind, because that pair was BONE dry. The shell sucked up the first three applications like nothing, and it took five to get them properly moisturized. But consider that an outlier, they looked like they were sitting for years and years in a hot dry place.
     
  7. TexasTexter

    TexasTexter Senior member

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    Man did you guys give $500 for that Gerstner Box? Is it worth it?
     
  8. TexasTexter

    TexasTexter Senior member

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    Do you use shoe trees?
     
  9. TexasTexter

    TexasTexter Senior member

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    What are those shoes?
     
  10. tropics

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    carmina
     
  11. whorishconsumer

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    I did apply a thin coat all around, but focused additional conditioner on the toe and in that area. These are pretty new shoes so I don't want to risk over-moisturizing. The gash really isn't noticeable unless you're as close as my camera was and in the right light. I can live with being snubbed by the rodent dandy community.
     
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  12. ace13x

    ace13x Senior member

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    Excellent!
     
  13. Petepan

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    If it still bothers you, try rubbing with some old nylon pantyhoses. A little (very little!) dark colored wax may also help.
     
  14. Munky

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    What are the pros and cons of having and wearing boots, as opposed to shoes? I have two pairs of boots and quite a lot of shoes. I tend to think of boots as winter wear...but I don't know. I would welcome any comments. With very best wishes, Munky.
     
  15. Rubik1014

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    Cross posting this thread as well as the AE Appreciation thread for more input:


    In the "asked and answered 100 times but I wasn't paying attention then, and don't know how to find the answer in this 1,000 page thread" category:

    What do you all use for polish on Walnut? Is there any consensus on this subject? I have read enough that the AE Walnut polish turns the shoes orange. I've used Neutral, but that isn't putting any color into the leather.

    I have been using a little neutral Saphir wax, but haven't used the polishes.

    Do you use a separate polish cover to add some toe darkening? Or a separate wax color when adding shine?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  16. whorishconsumer

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    I should think rain would be an immediate argument in favor of boots. Next would be fashion, unless you are a woodsman or work an oil rig.

    Personally I have a hard time incorporating boots without invoking the generic, Made-in-USA, Americana look that I feel has run it's course over here. That being said, I could still go for a pair of Alden Indies or plain toe boots.

    I just picked up some Chelseas made by Cheaney, in order to give the whole Hedi Slimane thing a go (not really - my jeans don't have holes).

    I recognize that you are likely asking the question in regards to a more polished, formal look. I wear my shirts untucked, so cannot much speak to that, other than dress boots do go well with tweed and heavy wools in general.
     
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  17. ace13x

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    Use Bourbon. Some like to alternate Walnut and Bourbon, so experiment.
     
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  18. Munky

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    Thank you, Who, this is a very comprehensive and useful response. It rains a lot where I live but I don't need to wear boots for any sort of work, but nor do I have to dress formally (I am retired). I suppose my preference, in boots, leans towards Cheaney rather than solid, all weather boots. One pair of my boots is a Loake, 1880, Burford, in Burgundy. The other is a pair of Dr Marten, 1460, dark blue, 8 eyelet, corrected grain, which I enjoyed wearing, today. I have my eye on a pair of Lollipop red, Tricker boots. My one problem with Tricker's, though, is how long they seem to take to wear in. Thanks, again. M.
     
  19. stephenaf2003

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    My answer really boils down to personal taste. I can't think of any practical reason why I prefer boots. I have twice as many boots as shoes, I tend to choose dressier as opposed to rugged styles. For my work it's business casual, so no jacket but I'll wear boots more than 2/3 of the time.
     
  20. whorishconsumer

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    That would make a handsome collection. I especially like the Trickers. The Doc Martens are definitely an aesthetic more popular in the UK than over here, but I can see them being a good, durable boot. In all cases, I do think Dainite or commando soles allow for more practical wear.
     
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