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    Quote Originally Posted by magic View Post
    does it make more shine on the leather? i am looking for something like a conditioner..
    The last couple times I cleaned my boots I used Alden's Fine Boot Cream in neutral. It did the trick on a few different leather colors without adding any sort of extra shine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bestial View Post
    my ccp derbys and guidi ankle boots does have some shine too them, so of course one doesn't notice it as much on those. although when I treated my augusta sneakers they became a little bit too shiney, or maybe too black, will of course go away after some wear.
    i like the matt black on my augusta boot so just hope to keep it^ but yes, it will go off after some wear.



    Quote Originally Posted by croatoan View Post
    The last couple times I cleaned my boots I used Alden's Fine Boot Cream in neutral. It did the trick on a few different leather colors without adding any sort of extra shine.
    Thanks C, there are one shoe cream that i saw at local cobbler which is white/butter colour, not really a shoe polishing but some kind of conditioner. maybe it does the same trick as yours?
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    Quote Originally Posted by magic View Post
    i like the matt black on my augusta boot so just hope to keep it^ but yes, it will go off after some wear.
    I use "Punch Suede & Nubuck Renovator" on any shoes/boots that you want to protect and restore colour but you don't want a waxed shine. I use this on my augusta's and it is perfect for them....its an aerosol rather than a cream and it comes in many different colours
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    Quote Originally Posted by magic View Post
    Thanks C, there are one shoe cream that i saw at local cobbler which is white/butter colour, not really a shoe polishing but some kind of conditioner. maybe it does the same trick as yours?
    That should be about the same thing. I have used a few different random ones with good results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgadd View Post
    Anybody know a good cobbler in San Francisco, or elsewhere in the Bay Area?
    I would contact Arthur at the Archive and ask him. Or you could PM him here: awlouie

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    Quote Originally Posted by stretcheroo View Post
    I would contact Arthur at the Archive and ask him. Or you could PM him here: awlouie
    For some reason I don't ever think to ask store owners/employees. I'll check with him, and at the Barney's shoe dept. Marcus at Acrimony might know one too. Thanks for the idea!

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    donno, if this issue has been discussed here before, but Iīve put some polish cream on my boots and now they are very "shinny" ...

    Does anybody know how to remove this effect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBSCCP View Post
    donno, if this issue has been discussed here before, but Iīve put some polish cream on my boots and now they are very "shinny" ...

    Does anybody know how to remove this effect?
    Not sure if its the right thing to do, but i have polished boots and then regretted it.
    I just washed my boots like you wash your hands with soap and water, and it did the job perfectly.
    you can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter...

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    I had a similar issue as the cobbler had accidentally polished my augusta boots when I had them soled.

    I took a wet towel (just a regular bath towel) and rubbed them, and this worked fine. it might distress the leather a bit, but the result should be a matte finish.

    use a towel you can throw away because the polish might not come off.
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    thanks guys for your quick responses.

    So whatīs the best method then to care our beloved boots? Is there any polish cream that does protect from rain but doesnīt add more glance. I am just unsure if itīs good for the leather to leave the boots untouched, since the leather might crack due to natural circumstances.

    Quote Originally Posted by lowrey View Post
    I took a wet towel (just a regular bath towel) and rubbed them, and this worked fine. it might distress the leather a bit, but the result should be a matte finish.
    Did the wet towel took of all the polish? normally when you add water to the polish the shoes get a water-polish finish resulting in even more glance...
    Last edited by BBSCCP; 09-29-2010 at 08:29 AM.

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    the result was very matte. I suppose the key is not to polish them, but to actually scrub them. a terry cloth towel is surprisingly rough when you add some pressure.

    as for caring, I don't usually do anything to my boots except wear them and occasionally wipe clean if needed. not sure if thats the best way, but I've never had any problems. I've never seen good quality leather crack with regular use. but maybe someone who knows a bit more can elaborate on what type of leather is more prone to cracking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBSCCP View Post
    Is there any polish cream that does protect from rain but doesnīt add more glance.

    Did the wet towel took of all the polish? normally when you add water to the polish the shoes get a water-polish finish resulting in even more glance...
    on your first point - i always use a leather protection spray to waterproof the leather - any good cobbler will sell them - they don't leave a sheen or polish...this is the one I use

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Woly-Protect...5768695&sr=8-3

    on your second point - thats why i used soap - to actually remove the oil in the polish
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    Quote Originally Posted by eton97 View Post
    on your first point - i always use a leather protection spray to waterproof the leather - any good cobbler will sell them - they don't leave a sheen or polish...this is the one I use

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Woly-Protect...5768695&sr=8-3

    on your second point - thats why i used soap - to actually remove the oil in the polish
    cheers Eton97!

    I will definitely buy me such a spray. For now I need to remove the disturbing polish. So, you mean first soap then water+towel?
    Last edited by BBSCCP; 09-29-2010 at 11:44 AM.

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    Does anyone know how to/whether it's possible to buy a produce to colour natural crepe soles. Natural crepe stains like a mofo. Ta for any help

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBSCCP View Post
    So, you mean first soap then water+towel?

    I don't want to give you any bad advice - i had a pair of black matt leather augusta polished by accident......I just washed them like you would wash your face, then dried with a towel - it worked perfectly, but i am sure others would warn against it......and i would be very cautious to do it again - try out a section on the back first maybe...
    you can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eton97 View Post
    I don't want to give you any bad advice - i had a pair of black matt leather augusta polished by accident......I just washed them like you would wash your face, then dried with a towel - it worked perfectly, but i am sure others would warn against it......and i would be very cautious to do it again - try out a section on the back first maybe...
    will do, thanks!

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    anyone got a recommended cobblers in melbourne? :p
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    ^thanks!..i will try to go there next weekend :p
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    Sorry if this has been asked, but does anyone use shoe trees with their Guidi boots? Part of the aesthetic is the wonderful creasing that develops, but I wonder if it might be better in the long run to put in some kind of shoe tree to help with moisture and some of the bigger creases on the toes

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