So you got that new job, revamped the wardrobe and just dropped some serious cash doing it. Along with the new suit, shirts, and other manly accessories you should now be in possession of a pair of fine leather shoes. Now you’re not just looking the part, but are truly “well-heeled”.
First things first, you’ll drop those new clogs on some shoe trees then clean and condition those puppies.
What’s that? Clean & condition? But they’re brand friggin’ new!
Exactly! You just spent some serious money on that fancy new footwear, when they’re new is exactly the time to take some preventative measure. Think of it as insurance on your slick calf-skin investment. To do this, just follow the steps below and your leather will thank you with years of looking like Don Draper (from toe to ankle anyway).
1. Clean off the dust & grime with a soft brush 2. Foam up some saddle soap on a clean damp rag and rub into your shoes; rinse with another clean damp rag
1. Rub in a light layer of conditioner (or mink oil) into your leather with a clean shoe brush. Use small circular strokes
1. Drop your shoes on shoe trees if you have them. They will help maintain your shoes shape
Ok, so you’ve take all precautions, but now after a few wears out in the big city things are starting to look a little tired and you’ve got a scuff or two showing; what now? Well, you have most of the tools already at your disposal from the start of this little adventure. Just follow steps 1 & 2 and you only have to add a third.
1. Get a firm grip on your shoes 2. With a matching shoe polish, rub into shoes in small circular motions; use either a clean rag or shoe brush 3. Buff polish into leather with a buffing brush until the polish reaches a high sheen
Your shoes should now be looking good as new!
With proper care, not only will you be looking good, but your shoes will last longer and start to develop a nice patina that only makes them look better. Keep in mind, you should keep things clean & conditioned about once a month if you’re wearing them on the regular. Keep things cleaned and polished as often as needed.
(All the shoe care items mentioned can be picked up at the local pharmacy or shoe store and should run you about $25-$30…I’ve picked up most stuff at CVS over the years)