• We would like to welcome Exquisite Trimmings as an official Affiliate Vendor. Exquisite Trimmings is a UK based purveyor of the very best in clothing and accessories, from gloves by Thomas Reimer to leather portfolios from Il Micio, to watch rolls by Rapport London. Please visit their new thread and give them a warm welcome.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

suitforcourt

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 11, 2012
Messages
5,855
Reaction score
11,066
Thanks. I do think they're much improved.

I kind of fumbled my way to it: First I went at them with acetone and a towel to remove the dye that I applied, followed by acetone and a toothbrush to get the creases.

This wasn't the best way to go however, as I found what you really want to do is go at a very small part at a time quite vigorously with the toothbrush dipped in acetone, followed by a quick wipe of the "sludge" left behind with a rag. Keep working in very small sections as you go around the shoe, cleaning up as much as you can with the rag. You can't really get it all however - there is residue left behind no matter what you do. It's messy and time consuming, not gonna lie.

I let them rest a bit and then tried to clean them up with mineral spirits, but I found that it wouldn't touch the acetone/dye/gunk residue, so I did a last pass with acetone once more, which got them pretty clean.

So I think it would be best to do the hard toothbrush scrub first, followed by a final acetone wipe to get the last of the residue. You'd save a round of acetone this way - and you use a hell of a lot of acetone - which can't be good for the leather in the long term. (Or you, I guess)

I did give them the water droplet test, and I do think I'm down to bare leather now. I did 2 rounds of Bick 4, just out of pity for the leather.

For next steps, I have some of the lower end Saphir light brown cream, but I was thinking of getting a pig bristle brush from the Hanger Project during the current sale and adding in a Saphir Medaille d'or light brown (or cognac?) jar while I'm at it. I don't have any colored Collonil creme, just the neutral stuff.

Thoughts?
Thanks for sharing. Try the Collonil 1909 light brown. That's the one I use.
 

hamercha

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 20, 2019
Messages
64
Reaction score
53
This is a snug fit, which some people like. I have another pair with a different last, also 8.5G. Much wider and I prefer that fit as I enjoy the wiggle room for my toes.

Otherwise, shoes are comfortable. I believe Dacks used a high quality leather sole. Most used pairs I see still have lots of life in the soles. Even though heels are shot.
I had captoe Dack on 82 last. It was E; it was one of the narrowest E I ever have. What last is this ? And what last was the one that was widder on the same size?
 

suitforcourt

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 11, 2012
Messages
5,855
Reaction score
11,066
I had captoe Dack on 82 last. It was E; it was one of the narrowest E I ever have. What last is this ? And what last was the one that was widder on the same size?
E for Dacks is more like D or C for US brands like Florsheim.

I will check this pair for last size. Just bbqing some meats right now.

The other pair is at the office, so I may never be able to tell you if WFH becomes indefinite. Which is more likely as the days pass.
 

hamercha

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 20, 2019
Messages
64
Reaction score
53
E for Dacks is more like D or C for US brands like Florsheim.

I will check this pair for last size. Just bbqing some meats right now.

The other pair is at the office, so I may never be able to tell you if WFH becomes indefinite. Which is more likely as the days pass.
Thanks for the confirmation. E was much narrower than some medium shoes I have.
 

Oshare

Senior Member
Joined
May 3, 2017
Messages
928
Reaction score
4,275
Speaking of a high shine.

I was reading some older posts on another thread and they were talking about super soft goat hair finishing brushes to get a high shine on your shoes. Apparently super soft goat hair brushes are much better for this than horse hair brushes.

The problem is that I don't want to spend over $150 on a shoe shine brush where I may or may not be able to see any appreciable difference.

Now the cheapo question: Have any of you ever used a super soft cosmetic brush (with or without your wife's permission, but we don't need to go there) to finish off your shoes?

I'm wondering if I can get away with a small cosmetic brush for the same effect at a fraction of the cost. I guess it would mean using your wrist when brushing, versus using your elbow to go back and forth with the brush over the shoe.
 

Hotel Cali

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 21, 2016
Messages
491
Reaction score
2,091
Speaking of a high shine.

I was reading some older posts on another thread and they were talking about super soft goat hair finishing brushes to get a high shine on your shoes. Apparently super soft goat hair brushes are much better for this than horse hair brushes.

The problem is that I don't want to spend over $150 on a shoe shine brush where I may or may not be able to see any appreciable difference.

Now the cheapo question: Have any of you ever used a super soft cosmetic brush (with or without your wife's permission, but we don't need to go there) to finish off your shoes?

I'm wondering if I can get away with a small cosmetic brush for the same effect at a fraction of the cost. I guess it would mean using your wrist when brushing, versus using your elbow to go back and forth with the brush over the shoe.
I use a $1 micro-fiber chennile duster from Dollar Tree. It's decent.

1591053196525.png
 

madhat

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Jan 17, 2017
Messages
12,281
Reaction score
38,818
Speaking of a high shine.

I was reading some older posts on another thread and they were talking about super soft goat hair finishing brushes to get a high shine on your shoes. Apparently super soft goat hair brushes are much better for this than horse hair brushes.

The problem is that I don't want to spend over $150 on a shoe shine brush where I may or may not be able to see any appreciable difference.

Now the cheapo question: Have any of you ever used a super soft cosmetic brush (with or without your wife's permission, but we don't need to go there) to finish off your shoes?

I'm wondering if I can get away with a small cosmetic brush for the same effect at a fraction of the cost. I guess it would mean using your wrist when brushing, versus using your elbow to go back and forth with the brush over the shoe.
What's wrong with using her hosiery?
 

nikolau

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 11, 2020
Messages
301
Reaction score
422
Vintage Florsheim still better. I am saying that with my head, and not my heart.

As a Canadian, I am very fond of the domestic vintage brands. Majority were decimated.

The one advantage of Dacks is the variety of skins. Hippo, rhino, seal, giraffe, are just some of their offerings.

The overal details, stitch count, and craftsmanship, has to go Florsheim. When I compare my Canadian shoes to the classic Florsheims in my collection (93605, 93606, 93602, and 92604), it is not even close.

Dacks was still well made and durable. I would say more like Johnston Murphy of the day.
Please post pics of Giraffe and Rino shoes... that sounds freakin’ spectacular.
 

CWOyaji

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 20, 2016
Messages
2,365
Reaction score
16,011
Think I'll go with some vintage London Tan cream polish on my new Aldens. Also, @Oshare this brush I found in an 'Art of Shaving' starter kit at a thrift had one of these badger hair brushes in it, if you're still looking for brush ideas.
426E5ADB-23D6-4B5C-8C3E-1247B98EEEB5_1_201_a.jpeg
 

stook1

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 2, 2015
Messages
1,936
Reaction score
5,086
Think I'll go with some vintage London Tan cream polish on my new Aldens. Also, @Oshare this brush I found in an 'Art of Shaving' starter kit at a thrift had one of these badger hair brushes in it, if you're still looking for brush ideas.
View attachment 1399229
My hobbies are intersecting, lol. You arent about to use that brush as a dauber, I hope!
 

suitforcourt

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 11, 2012
Messages
5,855
Reaction score
11,066
Please post pics of Giraffe and Rino shoes... that sounds freakin’ spectacular.
I don't have any. But a former manager of a Dacks store mentioned it in an older post.
 

friendlygoz

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2016
Messages
1,387
Reaction score
6,171
Got to wear my Golden Harvests today (courtesy of @Thomas Crown). It’s like hanging out with an old friend.
23F4E6A5-9C01-4A5E-9F57-ACF79A039E1C.jpeg
 
Last edited:

CWOyaji

Distinguished Member
Joined
Nov 20, 2016
Messages
2,365
Reaction score
16,011
My hobbies are intersecting, lol. You arent about to use that brush as a dauber, I hope!
No, I have four of these brushes but use them for things like cleaning the dashboard in my car and flicking dust off shoes before I take pictures of them for listing. Badger brushes are expensive if bought alone, but mine cost me about $5 as part of those kits. Plus they came with shaving cream and other balms and whatnot.
 
Last edited:

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

What's your favorite summer fabric?

  • Seersucker

  • Fresco

  • Linen

  • Silk


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
440,560
Messages
9,505,452
Members
198,981
Latest member
Grimasiji7
Top