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

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

  1. whorishconsumer

    whorishconsumer Senior member

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    By the way, @Munky, following up on a question you had back in May re Bass Weejuns, I recently obtained a pair from their 'Made In USA' line (the Lavin), and I'm sorry to say they're about as poor quality as their mainline offering, despite the much higher price point. Leathers was shellacked and the construction sloppy, with very little support in the footbed. It's a shame, because as I noted before the Mr. Porter x Bass collection from last Fall was a solid offering.

    I remember Mrs. Munky did not approve of the style so it's a moot point, but thought I'd update you.
     
  2. Munky

    Munky Senior member

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    Thanks, again Who.The Burfords have Dainite soles and the Dr Martens have the company's own, thick and hard rubber soles that seems likely to last forever. Not to everyone's taste but I like Docs and the company make very comfortable and colourful boots and shoes. Hardly top end but they come with an interesting cultural history!

    You remembered well! Mrs Munky did, indeed, turn her nose up at Bass Weejuns and since I saw them, the shop that had them has closed down. I have since discovered that Mrs M has a downer on all types of penny loafers. No luck with those, then.
     
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    whorishconsumer Senior member

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    Not much for the ivy league, then. I can't blame her.

    Is there a Welsh version of the American Trad look?
     
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    Munky Senior member

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    I think the Welsh version is tracksuits and wellington boots. I may just have lost a few good friends, though. With remorse, Munky.
     
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  5. San780

    San780 Senior member

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    Hello there,

    Has anyone here had the opportunity of testing SAPHIR Medaille d'Or MINK OIL? It seems like a new product on their website and I was wondering about its comparison with Renovateur.

    Thank you.
     
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    pediwear Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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  7. San780

    San780 Senior member

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    Thank you very much for the swift reply.

    Actually the new product I'm referring to is the following:
    https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-medaille-d-or-mink-oil.html

    It's being advertised for smooth leather...
     
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    Old porcelain sign.

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  9. pediwear

    pediwear Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    pediwear Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Hi @San780

    We received a delivery of this today. I tried it out on some black calf leather shoes of mine to start with and was reasonably pleased with the result. However I did notice that the product is quite thick and greasy - not at all like the Mink Oil we have seen from Saphir previously (http://www.avel.com/saphir-medaille...lotion-saphir-medaille-dor-1925-paris-31.html). I have read previously on here or elsewhere that mink oil can discolour leather - and it's use is discouraged for fine leathers by some. So I found an old pair of tan calf leather shoes in our stock and applied Mink Oil on one half of the vamp. On the other half I applied Saphir MDO renovateur. It is noticeable how much more liquid the renovateur is and how it is absorbed by the leather more easily. However it was the finishing result which might give cause for concern because the mink oil side of the shoe had darkened, slightly - but definitely noticeable. I have left it several hours and brushed the shoe several times but the darker shade remains. The renovateur side retains the original colour of the leather.

    This is not intended as a definitive or scientific review. However, based on these results my thoughts are that the mink oil should perhaps to use it to renovate dark waxy leather products and keep it away from any light colours. Given that MDO renovateur is such a good product I would continue using this on calf leather - the arrival of this mink oil product does not seem to be a reason to change. It would be fascinating to hear whether others agree?

    Regards

    Mike
     
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    pediwear Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Of course I should probably add that MDO renovateur itself is Mink Oil based, but it is presumably at significantly lower concentration in that product than in this new offering.
     
  12. San780

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    Dear Mike,

    Thank you very much for your very helpful feedback. Being French, I called VALMOUR directly yesterday and talked with a lady over there. She kept on underlining the fact that I should not use their new mink oil with light colored shoes; otherwise I run the risk of really darkening the shoes.

    I've ordered the new mink oil as well as the new mirror gloss polish. Will give my two cents once I've used them...

    Thanks once again.
     
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  13. Munky

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    I do sometimes worry about the amount of words people write about this or that polish/conditioner/wax. I suspect that, as long as you put something on your shoes, occasionally and brush them regularly, all will be well. In the UK, at least, if you merely brush your shoes, before you go out and when you get back, you will be doing more that around 90% of the male population. Less polish and more brush is probably the way to do it.
     
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    If you brush before and after wearing, I would guess you're doing more than 95% in the U.K. and 99.99% in the US.
     
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    I use dubbin to maintain my C&J Tetbury in Black Wax Calf. Can you use Saphir Wax on top of dubbin to give the toe cap some extra shine?

    If so, can you apply dubbin on top of the waxed part next time the shoes are polished or do you have to remove the wax first?
     
  16. SlickTime

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    Hello gents. What is the best method of aftercare for your leather(upper) shoes in terms of wiping them down etc, after you just got home from walking around snowy conditions or icy slush? And also, what's the best thing to do after a trip of doing so for about a week to best restore them to good health after being exposed to some snow/salt/etc.?

    Thank you!
     
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    I've had a few screw-ups like this. Try a sleeking bone with some crème lubricant to minimize the scar by
    smoothing it out some before using any polish.
     
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  18. pediwear

    pediwear Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Thanks @San780 I look forward to hearing how you get on with both products. I have since used the mink oil on both black calf and black grain and found the results quite pleasing. I am not convinced that the results are any better than after using renovateur though.
     
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    I recently received the SAPHIR new mink oil as well as the new mirror gloss polish.

    Some good results using the new mink oil. However it does darken the shoes considerably. And personally I don't see much of a difference between this product and Renovateur. Smells wonderfully though! Not really sure if I'd be buying it again.

    The new mirror gloss polish is a very pleasant surprise however. I was able to put on a mirror shine very quickly. Highly recommended!
     
  20. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Is the consensus here on oil stains still talcum powder ASAP?

    Vinegar?
     
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