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Shoe Shining Disorder. What Have I Done!

These boots are what “before” and “after” photos are all about.
Good idea. I’ll post pics when I’m done. I’m not going to bring them to a high shine because they will be doing some hard work come Monday, but I can get them back in fighting form with some elbow grease. Stay tuned.....
 
I have meetings the next couple days and wont be out in the shop again until Monday. Guilt took hold and I decided to get the process started this evening.

Cleaned...dried....placed in oven to warm leather up to 135 degrees so the leather absorbs the conditioner better and coated with a thick layer of SnoSeal. I'll leave them sit a couple days to let the SnoSeal soak in, then buff them a bit.

SnoSeal is excellent stuff. Its primarily beeswax and its been around forever. It waterproofs boots and conditions the leather. Keeps them from cracking. Probably a good reason why mine have seen 28 years of hard use and are still going strong. They ain't pretty, but they'll still get the job done. The leather is as soft and supple as a pair of Italian leather driving gloves.

After I retire in a few years I might have them resoled and reconditioned so they shine like a new dime!

Boots After.JPG
 

The Knize

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Bob/JohnnieGold, how are you finding the Saphir Sole Guard performs in real life? I am almost through the bottle I bought. I seem to have way more shores than I thought and my soles are extremely thirsty. I have not really tested any of them in wet conditions. I did notice that if I pour some water on a treated sole that has had some time to dry per the directions, water seems to wet the sole, if that makes sense. I have not tested to see if it soaks through to the inside.
 

johnniegold

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There hasn’t been much inclement whether to test it out on but I will say that the sole seems to get a sheen from the sole guard. Not slippery but it does appear that there is a “coating”. I did apply some Sole guard over the weekend to another pair of shoes that appeared to be extremely “thirsty”. I’ll follow up as these winter months come upon us.
 

The Knize

Moderator Emeritus
but I will say that the sole seems to get a sheen from the sole guard. Not slippery but it does appear that there is a “coating”.
Maybe that is the issue. That is, where the sole is thirsty, I need to keep reapplying until the sole takes on a sheen, and does not dry from the sole guard application to look pretty much like the sole looked before the application of sole guard. That is slightly sheeny and not simply a flat finish.
 

The Knize

Moderator Emeritus
I just ordered my second bottle of Saphir Sole Guard. I have faith in your judgement johnniegold!

Also, even if it does not really do much for waterproofing. I like the way it makes the soles look and I have to think it is good for them.
 

johnniegold

Moderator Emeritus
I just ordered my second bottle of Saphir Sole Guard. I have faith in your judgement johnniegold!

Also, even if it does not really do much for waterproofing. I like the way it makes the soles look and I have to think it is good for them.
2nd bottle? Are you drinking it neat or on the rocks? :wink: :biggrin:
 
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