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If you’ve ever shelled out a tidy sum for a quality pair of leather shoes, you’ll know that they need cleaning even when they’re not especially dirty. So, the first step in caring for leather shoes is regularly removing dust and light surface debris from the uppers with a horsehair brush and then cleaning it with a cotton cloth.
Next, you’ll need to condition your shoes so as to soften and moisturise the leather and help prevent it from cracking. You should apply a conditioner to your shoes whenever you feel the leather is getting dry, but this is something of an acquired skill and it’s not always so easy to determine – a general rule is to condition every five to ten wears in hard conditions, and every fifteen to twenty-five otherwise.Also leather conditioners are a bit hard to find. We recommend you to search online for a good leather conditioner. Try it on a small area first to see the result. Follow directions written on the product for best results. Invest in a soft cloth and buff a little of the conditioner into the shoes in small layers using tight, circular motions. Once the entire surface of the shoe is treated, take care to wipe away any excess product.
This might seem obvious but better safe than sorry: make sure you match the color of your polish to the color of your shoe – for example,oxblood Derbies should be shined with burgundy wax.
Note:do pre-test in an inconspicuous area on the shoe before applying it to the entire surface area to get an idea of what is the result of application. There are two types of product you'll encounter.
One is a cream polish which will penetrate the leather and is good for colour rejuvenation. The other is a wax polish that's ideal if you're looking for a surface shine because it creates a coating
over the leather allowing you to buff it to your heart’s content.Much like conditioner, shoe polish should be applied in small, gradually layered amounts using a horsehair brush or cloth moved in
concentric circles with mild pressure.
We suggest you opt for a wax-based polish, which will add some pigment to the shoes (enriching their colour), provide all-important protection and enhance the smoothness of the finish. Wax
polishes also give you a better chance of achieving that perfect military-standard,mirror-like shine on your dress shoes. Bull shining (or spit shining as you’ll probably better know it) is the
old-fashioned yet surprisingly effective technique commonly used to give a high shine finish to dress shoes.
If you’d prefer to take this more economical route, then find a soft rag, stretch it over your index and middle finger, twist the loose ends of the cloth until the material is tautly stretched over
the fingers,and hold. Then, apply a few drops of water to your rag-swaddled fingers and rub gently on the same spot until you feel a hardening of the wax; with a good bit of elbow grease, a
decent shine should begin to appear. If the wax still remains soft and you still cannot feel any change, wait for thirty seconds, apply another few drops of water and re-work the same spot.
When a shine has appeared in one spot, move on to the next until the entire shoe is gleaming.
Care for your shoes and they are not going anywhere for years. So its important to store them properly. Keep them away from direct heat . This makes the leather crack and dry fast. Leather shoes should be stored in shoe bags – these will protect the shoes from light that can damage leather and will also keep your shoes free from dust.
Store suede shoes in open air (but not in direct sunlight) – unlike some types of footwear that can be stored easily in plastic containers, suede requires exposure to air in order to breathe.Put a pair of shoe trees in your shoes.
After conditioning and cleaning, cedar shoe trees are the best thing you can do for your footwear. They retain the shape of the shoe, reduce creases, and naturally absorb moisture/odors. Look for one with a full heel made out of cedar.Give 'em the day off. For example, wearing your chestnut brown wingtips three weeks straight is definitely not going to prolong their life. Every few days give the shoes a chance to "breathe".Use a shoe horn. That foot wiggle dance you do when trying to get your shoes on destroys the heels.
Different types of leather require different types of care, so we made this handy guide for keeping your shoes clean and looking their best.
With the right supplies, your shoes will last longer, feel better and always look their best. Here is a list of essential things you would require to help your shoes achieve a longer life and dapper appearance.
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