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

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

  1. VegTan

    VegTan Well-Known Member

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    I recommend soft/hard wax, because Montana may make an oil stain.


    [table align=left][tr][td]Saphir Renovateur (shoe cream)[/td][td] water-soluble[/td][td] no water resistant[/td][/tr]
    [tr][td]Saphir MDO Pommadier Creme 1925 (soft polish)[/td][td] oil-soluble[/td][td] moderate water resistant[/td][/tr]
    [tr][td]shoe polish (hard polish)[/td][td] oil-soluble[/td][td] moderate water resistant[/td][/tr]
    [tr][td]Montana Pitch-Blend Leather Dressing[/td][td] oil-soluble[/td][td] best water resistant[/td][/tr][/table]




    Yes, a brush is useful for even spreading.


    I suppose an oil/ink stain must be removed, but a water stain does not necessarily need to be removed.


    Yes, that is like enlarging the boundary line up to welt with damp cloth, and needs some experience.


    I am not sure, but Renovateur may make a spot if it is used partially.
     
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  2. benhour

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    Quote i dont recommend using parade gloss on good shoes!! silicone will dry out leather and make it crack after some time!
    Quote: sorry to say that but the picture is way off mirror shine!the surface isnt smooth as glass! this is a good spitshine(reflecting some of the surrounding well lighted area) but not mirror shine at all!
    when you ll go at the mirror shine point you ll have to see the surrounding are clear as in a mirror and not blur!! you are in a good way but you ll need some more layers!!

    i recommend you to learn how to mirror shine with parade gloss(cause of the silicone is mutch easyer to build a mirror shine) on some cheap shoes and then go with some better wax polish on good shoes!! [​IMG]
     
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  3. Munky

    Munky Well-Known Member

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    For those who might want to try the Japanese 'Boot Black' brand of wax polish, A Fine Pair of Shoes still have neutral and dark brown in stock at £2.40, reduced from £7.80. It seems to be going quickly and the Boot Black cream has run out. Also, the same shop continues to advertise the Abbyhorn bone folder at 90p.
     
  4. Munky

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    I expect I am telling you what you already know. Bradshaw and Lloyd indicate that the Loake's 'Shoemakers', 'L1', and 'Lifestyle' collections are all made from corrected leather. Also, Loake's website, in small print and buried quite a way inside it suggest they use two types of leather: corrected and calf in making their shoes. By my reckoning, the '1880', 'Design' and 'Evolution' collections are made from calf.
     
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  5. cbfn

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    The 1880-line is the only one worth getting when buying Loake IMO.
     
  6. madridista

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    Hello Gents,

    I purchased a Meermin dark brown double monk. Somehow, I managed to get scratch/scuff mark on the front of the shoe. [​IMG]
    As you can see, the white color beneath is visible. What do the experts here recommend I do? I have Saphir Renovateur. What do you recommend I should get ? Saphir Pate De Luxe or Saphir Médaille d'Or Pommadier (1925) in either Mahogany or dark brown?

    Thank you!
     
  7. Munky

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    Too late! A Fine Pair of Shoes has run out of 'Boot Black' wax polish!
     
  8. Ducc

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    Thank you for your advice! It's calming to hear from someone that seems to know what they're doing. As soon as the stuff gets here, I'll give it a go.
     
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  9. MiguelSF

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    Benhour, that was a 15 minute job, so after spending another 20 minutes bulling the toe cap, it's pretty damn close to a mirror finish now. Thanks for your comments though.

    I'm still learning and whilst Kiwi isn't the most "premium" brand out there, they've been around for decades and I'm happy with their products.
     
  10. wurger

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    The top end of Shoemakers line are actually full grain, their comfort range, and are priced accordingly.

    On the site, you can search by leather type.
     
  11. thecooldude33

    thecooldude33 Active Member

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    Can anyone help me with this weird "dull" spot I have on one of my Cliftons? I don't know if it's just excess wax or the leather is just bad or something on that spot (they are factory seconds). I tried using the Allen Edmonds Cleaner/Conditioner to get most of the wax off and then attempted to reapply polish and wax, but the spot is just stubborn. Maybe my polishing cloths are too dirty or something. Anyways, I apologize for the crappy pics, I didn't have good lighting, but you can make out the weird looking spot on the toe cap...maybe I need to order some renomat or renovateur? [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  12. chogall

    chogall Well-Known Member

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    Let dry for a day or two
     
  13. Munky

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    Quote: The top end of Shoemakers line are actually full grain, their comfort range, and are priced accordingly.

    On the site, you can search by leather type.



    Yes, you are right, wurger. Thanks a lot.
     
  14. Munky

    Munky Well-Known Member

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    On closer examination, all of the top ends of Loake's shoe ranges - except the Indian made Li range, are made of calf leather. The 1880 range are all made of calf.
     
  15. pazzion

    pazzion Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    I tried getting that magic mirror shine this weekend. It was my first try and I used an old pillow case, Saphir Pate de Luxe and water. They have become pretty shiny and reflective, but I don't seem to be able to get it any better than this. Any tips?

    I used a really light touch in the end and only super thin layers with one to two drops of water for each dab of wax. If two drops I would swirl in the wax and first drop, and if the wax was still a bit cloudy and not as smooth as I'd like I would add another drop of water and work that in until clear to the eye and smooth to the touch.

    Any secrets to be learned?

    [​IMG]
     
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  16. benhour

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    i am not referring on kiwi brand! i am referring on Parade gloss specifically !! Parade gloss has silicone!! this product is develop to give a good -easy spit shine or mirror shine (i think their first priority was armed forces when they developed it) but silicone is not good for shoes in time depth!![​IMG]
     
  17. benhour

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    as far as i can see this is a really good outcome for the first try!!! really good job!!

    some little tips!! first of all you ll need a better cloth!! try a microfiber cotton cloth(selvit or sunglasses cloth) !! Mr Rider recommends an old tie too!! Generally a cloth with smouth and soft surface

    keep puttuing drops of water till you see the surface going clear and smouth!!Blow while you are doing circles(for me it is helping a lot)!!
    try the last buff with a tiny amount of cream polish(2-3 pinheads for the entire toe)!! cream has a lot les solvents than paste(wax) polish so it wont desolve previous layers!!

    finally as you go with the layers put less and les presure after its coate!! hope this ll help you
     
  18. Cunrad

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    Would you please tell us a bit more about appropriate care for exotic leathers. Can you recommend a specific product or brand for this?

    Can anyone else add his expertise?
     
  19. Cunrad

    Cunrad Well-Known Member

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    Double post
     
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  20. RIDER

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    Saphir Reptan.......conditioning cream for exotics. Wipe on, wait, brush.
     
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