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  • ianr
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    Originally posted by PureAndy View Post
    Beautiful looking shoes! Watch that vamp, it could use a thin layer of cream to prevent further drying. But overall, very nice shine, ianr!
    Thanks. I noticed after I took that picture how dry it looked and conditioned it.

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  • PureAndy
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    Originally posted by ianr View Post
    Thanks for the advice on the Saphir mirror gloss. It really made the whole process easier. I was able to get a decent shine in less than an hour.
    Beautiful looking shoes! Watch that vamp, it could use a thin layer of cream to prevent further drying. But overall, very nice shine, ianr!

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  • PureAndy
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    Originally posted by armedferret View Post
    Resurrecting the thread with a resurrection of my AE Sturgis, of sorts. A year's worth of muddy range days, some very good fortune in the form of a highly successful hunting season, and some rather not-so-great fortune in the form of cleaning up the mess left behind by a tree that fell and trashed my deck, killed my beloved grill, broke a kitchen window, killed some siding, and borked my roof. Twas a royal mess. Pine too, so sap worse than Clark W. Griswold got when he unleashed the Griswold family Christmas tree.

    Anywho. Should be pretty obvious which is the before and which is the after. :P


    Sturgis Before by Armed Ferret, on Flickr


    Sturgis After by Armed Ferret, on Flickr
    Very nice cleanup!

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  • ianr
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    Originally posted by kbaskim View Post
    I apply the mirror gloss in thin layers using my finger, the body heat will help making the wax soft. then I buff it off with a fine soft cotton cloth in small circular motions using just a drop of water. You should not feel any resistance from the wax, if you do just add a second drop of water.
    Thanks for the advice on the Saphir mirror gloss. It really made the whole process easier. I was able to get a decent shine in less than an hour.

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  • mebejoseph
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    Originally posted by armedferret View Post
    They've been discontinuing great models left and right (Shaker Heights, Normandy) . . . They've even introduced cemented shoes "imported" (little to no detail on where they're made) for the same price as their GYW Port Washington lines. Absolutely ridiculous.

    Make no mistake, if Caleres keeps going this direction, they're going to destroy AE the way they did so with several other previous heritage American-made brands. I hope it doesn't happen.
    I've noticed that as well; that is, that they are selling shoes made with less expensive methods for the same price as the Goodyear welted shoes. That does seem crazy.

    And probably Caleres will continue to pillage and plunder AE--imagine the profit they are making selling cemented shoes for $300 to $450 per pair.

    But some other company will start up (or maybe has already) to take the place of AE after people figure out what's going on. And then they will get bought out as well. And the cycle will continue.

    Also: Are you sure they are discontinuing the Normandy? I have a friend who has been eyeing those for months. I'd better warn him. Here's a poor musician, so they are a bit of a stretch for him financially, but he may act now if he knows they are discontinued.

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  • DocDave
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    That's too bad about them discontinuing the model/boot. I'd have been interested in picking a pair up during one of their sales.

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  • armedferret
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    Originally posted by mebejoseph View Post
    Apparently AE discontinued that model, eh?

    I've got no complaint with AE if they want to sell ugly shoes in addition to great shoes. Too bad they discontinued the Sturgis--it is a good looking boot, I agree.

    They've been discontinuing great models left and right (Shaker Heights, Normandy). They also did away with a LOT of sizing options. Take shell Strands for instance. You can get my size, 9.5, in AA, A, C, D, and a boatload of E widths. But they got rid of B widths for some reason. So now I will never be able to own shell strands.

    They've also been moving more and more shoes to being produced in Dominican Republic, instead of Wisconsin. They've even introduced cemented shoes "imported" (little to no detail on where they're made) for the same price as their GYW Port Washington lines. Absolutely ridiculous.

    Make no mistake, if Caleres keeps going this direction, they're going to destroy AE the way they did so with several other previous heritage American-made brands. I hope it doesn't happen.

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  • mebejoseph
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    Originally posted by armedferret View Post
    Resurrecting the thread with a resurrection of my AE Sturgis, of sorts. A year's worth of muddy range days, some very good fortune in the form of a highly successful hunting season, and some rather not-so-great fortune in the form of cleaning up the mess left behind by a tree that fell and trashed my deck, killed my beloved grill, broke a kitchen window, killed some siding, and borked my roof. Twas a royal mess. Pine too, so sap worse than Clark W. Griswold got when he unleashed the Griswold family Christmas tree.


    Originally posted by DocDave View Post
    Wow. Nice looking boot!
    Originally posted by armedferret View Post
    Yep. Shame they decided to start selling tattooed boots instead. :\

    Caleres would probably run AE better if they took one of those monkeys that gets amorous around footballs my old First Sergeant compared us to, and put IT in charge....
    Apparently AE discontinued that model, eh?

    I've got no complaint with AE if they want to sell ugly shoes in addition to great shoes. Too bad they discontinued the Sturgis--it is a good looking boot, I agree.

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  • armedferret
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    Originally posted by DocDave View Post
    Wow. Nice looking boot!

    Yep. Shame they decided to start selling tattooed boots instead. :\

    Caleres would probably run AE better if they took one of those monkeys that gets amorous around footballs my old First Sergeant compared us to, and put IT in charge....

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  • DocDave
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    Wow. Nice looking boot!

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  • mebejoseph
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    Wow! Great job. And they show a lot of great character, even after the clean-up.

    I've been too busy at work and such the last couple of months, so I my shoe-shine time has been limited to maintenance, rather than putting on great shines. And that's why I haven't posted any photos on here for a while.

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  • armedferret
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    Resurrecting the thread with a resurrection of my AE Sturgis, of sorts. A year's worth of muddy range days, some very good fortune in the form of a highly successful hunting season, and some rather not-so-great fortune in the form of cleaning up the mess left behind by a tree that fell and trashed my deck, killed my beloved grill, broke a kitchen window, killed some siding, and borked my roof. Twas a royal mess. Pine too, so sap worse than Clark W. Griswold got when he unleashed the Griswold family Christmas tree.

    Anywho. Should be pretty obvious which is the before and which is the after. :P


    Sturgis Before by Armed Ferret, on Flickr


    Sturgis After by Armed Ferret, on Flickr

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  • ianr
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    Originally posted by mebejoseph View Post
    [MENTION=14805]ianr[/MENTION] Very nice, thanks for sharing.

    One thing I've read/learned is that for that mirror gloss, you just want it on the toes/caps--if you put it other places where the shoe bends with your foot and such, it looks discolored when it starts to crack. So, I think you've got the right approach.
    I also do the heels. I would only caution that the heels need a bit to dry as the back of trousers can brush this area... After a dry cleaning bill, I only use "clear" wax polish on the heels.

    Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk

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  • mebejoseph
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    [MENTION=14805]ianr[/MENTION] Very nice, thanks for sharing.

    One thing I've read/learned is that for that mirror gloss, you just want it on the toes/caps--if you put it other places where the shoe bends with your foot and such, it looks discolored when it starts to crack. So, I think you've got the right approach.

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  • ianr
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    Kudos to everyone showing a job well done, especially the obvious hard work on some of these.

    I don't spend 5 hours doing this. I would like a perfect shine, but I don't have the patience.

    Here are some pictures of some shoes I had written off because I got tired of the style but then wanted to wear again. From dull with zero shine, what they looked like wet after 45 minutes, and what they looked like dry outside a few hours later. I only did the caps and have yet to work on anything else.

    My technique is a cotton cloth around fingers, spray water mist over cloth, little bit of polish, switch shoes, repeat until I get tired of it. After it is all dried, I use an old pair of nylons to lightly buff out any remaining fog.

    I respect anyone that goes through the additional effort to create the full wax layer.

    Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk

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