The seasons are changing…the long slow creep from summer to winter is coming to an end. It’s time to put away my sandals and get out my leather shoes and boots.
This change of seasons often gives me an excuse to shop; an excuse to buy something new for my feet. But do I really need that new pair of boots or shoes? Won’t last year’s tall black boots be as effective as a new pair? I’m not sure. They look a little dingy to be honest. But the holidays are coming. Is spending money on boots for myself really my best use of funds right now?
Probably not! This is where my shoe care kit comes into play. I know that with a little bit of elbow grease and the right tools, I can make my boots look like new again!
First – let’s dust them off with a nice horsehair brush or soft cloth.
Second – cleaning is next. There are a few salt stains from last year and a bit of dust still remaining. A quality shoe cleaner or leather conditioner will do the trick. Apply a thin coat with a soft cloth or brush. Let this product sit for a minute or two and then buff with another soft dry cloth.
Third- polish. Now this can be easy liquid wax, lustrous shoe cream or the old fashioned wax paste. This is really a personal preference. ( I usually go for the cream.) Apply soft shoe cream with a soft clean cloth, fully covering the entire shoe (except the soles!). Let the cream soak into the leather for 10-15 minutes. Wipe with a cloth and buff with a soft horsehair brush. Wow.
They are really starting to look like new again.
Now if you have some stubborn scuffs or marks, work a little harder. They will come out. If the edges of your soles are marked, try a little edge dressing. The results can be amazing.
Fourth – time to protect. Apply a light coat of leather protector to your boots and let it dry overnight.
Alas, you are ready to hit the road again, and have saved yourself a lot of money!
Invest in shoe care, it will save you in the long run.