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

  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Ummmm, huge problem guys. One layer of my heel stack just broke off of my shoe. I have to be out tonight. What do I do??????????? :(
     


  2. jrd617

    jrd617 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Are they stacked wooden heels?
     


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    patrick_b Distinguished Member

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    Shoo goo...or...a perfect excuse to buy some new shoes :). Stop off down at Leffot.
     
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    Since Renomat is such a powerful cleaner shouldn't it be wiped off with a moist cloth to get off and dilute some that have been penetrated into the leather?
     


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    kirbya Senior Member Affiliate Vendor

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    No harm in this. I take a chamois to it to make sure I wipe off any residue. But no harm in using a damp cloth.
     


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    Gerry Nelson Distinguished Member

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    So what did you end up doing?
     


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    Good idea Bear. Here are some pics taken today of my previously posted Allen Edmonds Kenilworth blucher in Burnished Brown. I plan to strip these and start fresh.

    This was the original shine, before they were even worn outside:

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    Taken today after I wore them to church this AM. They've probably averaged 1.5 wears/week since late Sept. After the original shine, I've brushed regularly and applied Renovateur a couple of times, followed by more brushing. I don't think I've added any additional wax since the initial shine.

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    They still look great IMO. I can't really see the creases crisis :)
     
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    Personally I wouldn't strip them.

    I would apply a coat of paste wax, or two if that's what it takes to get them looking smooth and then go back to just Reno.

    I notice when I look at the side of the shoe that they look a little grainy. And the above approach works for me when I see this effect.

    Your mileage may vary, of course.
     


  11. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    There was a nail that was coming out so I just slammed my heel down really hard on the floor a few times to nail it back in. It got me through the night. I am sure the rain helped though. It was pouring and I had to walk quite a bit. The swelling probably helped the nail stay in.
     


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    kirbya Senior Member Affiliate Vendor

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    I had the privilege of going to this event (or, perhaps, a similar one) while in Paris. I highly recommend going. Corthay's finishing is quite artistic.
     


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    Thanks for the feedback Gdot.
     


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    Just a thought. I've had that look before - it seems to come from the Renovatuer eating away the wax polish but leaving behind the pigments in the cream polish. (Just my theory).

    In any case - I'll be interested to see what you do and how they work out. You've been on an interesting journey!
     


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    how long do you let polish dry before wiping it down with some cloth? also, I'm using AE shoe polish so do I just squeeze and rub it on the shoe with the sponge part at the end of the tube, or do I put some polish on a horsehair brush, then apply?
     
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