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

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

  1. starro

    starro Senior member

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    There is solvent in the cream, so it will remove some of the wax layer. Obviously, as you point out, it won't be nearly as effective as a cleaner or wax stripper, but your cream should be able to absorb into the leather no problem, assuming the leather is open pored.
     
  2. DrizztD

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    I have a question about suede care.

    What can i do about the spots where the lace has chafed the suede from constant lacing and unlacing?

    Is it damaging the leather? Will it eventually cut a hole through the leather? lol
     
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    Hello Narc. It sounds as though you might be putting stuff on your shoes a bit too often. If you brush well, before you put them on and when you take them off, you will keep the shoes looking good. I would only use polish when they obviously need it. That, for me, is longer than 'every 2 weeks to a month'. I have never needed to use Renomat. I only use Renovateur about once a year and I don't use wax. I find that polish brings up a pleasant shine, without the need for wax. Just some thoughts! With best wishes Munky.
     
  4. starro

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    Suede is not paper lol, so even the weak split suedes won't be ripped by laces.

    Overall nothing to worry about, just general wear and tear (or to put a euphemism on it, "patina"). If you want to get rid of lace impressions, brush with brass wires, then use a suede cleaner on the area. Brush again until it's dry. I doubt it'll get rid of the marks completely, but they should be obscured somewhat.
     
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    This is why I wear all my suede shoes without laces like Run DMC [​IMG]
     
  6. starro

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    Yeah, IMO suede and other textured leathers only look good on simple shoes without a whole lot of seams. Loafers, PTBs, single monks with no toe capping or medallion... Not on oxfords (although I could be persuaded on wholecuts). A suede brogue, to me, is self-defeating.
     
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    That's very reassuring! Been worried about those marks. The aesthetics don't worry me, just longevity.

    I'll probably just give it a renovetuer spray every now and again.

    Thank you!!
     
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    That is a kit with one container of cleaner, and one of the conditioner. If you just want the conditioner:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000...f_5?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=YAB19HJ8X9F9S2KW7MWA
     
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    I think it's OK, but it's really meant for leather upholstery.
     
  12. TweedyProf

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    @Betelgeuse Bick4

    So, I'm still trying to fix the stain on the suede cap posted earlier. I hope it can be fixed and if so, I'm chronicling my travails here so it might be of some use either way to people in the future (not much on suede in this thread).

    I will say that I think talc is fine to remove stains from the nap.

    Kirby has suggested the following product to me

    Saphir Hussard Oil Stain Remover

    Has anyone used this on leather or suede?

    @NOBD has kindly reminded me of his use of sapphire renovateur to recolor some suede shoes but I'm no longer sure it will work if the stain is in the leather versus the nap. The goal would be to darken the suede to lessen the contrast between splotch and unadulterated suede.

    Final option: asking Carmina just to replace the cap perhaps as in a refurbishment.
     
  13. Betelgeuse

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    I did not understood this mate. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  14. DWFII

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    It may be the best thing out there for cleaning shoes or any kind of top grain leather, really. Better than saddle soap by a long shot.
     
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  15. starro

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    For suede cleaning and conditioning, I've been trying out product from a company out in Norman, OK.

    http://www.blackboxproducts.com/col...ede-nubuck-leather-cleaner?variant=1121855065

    Their conditioner is actually patented. US #6156833. For more, see http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6156833.html.

    Far as my limited chemical literacy is concerned, its mostly water + soybean oil, and trace chemicals. Others more knowledgeable than me are welcome to comment on this product, how beneficial/harmful it is to leather. (they claim to be environmentally friendly, and harmless to leather)
     
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    Sorry, I understood you to be looking for a leather conditioner. Lots of people, including @DWFII recommend Bick4. I use it as well and it seems fine.
     
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    Oh! Got it. Let me search for it in Amazon. Thanks!
     
  18. Betelgeuse

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    Guys...

    Quote:
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    Guys, would you consider this a major flaw that will make you return this pair and exchange it for other? Or could you live with it?

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    Right shoe with that crease on the heel

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    Left shoe, no defect

    [​IMG]
     
  19. starro

    starro Senior member

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    If you're able to cost-free, then why not?
     
  20. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'd ask for a discount. If it doesn't affect the structure of the shoe, it's not that visible so I wouldn't sweat it.
     

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