Hey folks, how are you all doing? I'm back for some really quick GUY STUFF post. Though if this applies to the female population as well, go ahead and read on. ☺
Shoes are the last thing I put on when going out. You might look so fly with your clothes, but a beaten pair of shoes can definitely hurt your style. I'm here to give you some practical tips on how to care for your walkers so you can strut with confidence wherever your feet (or fate) might lead you.
Patent leather shoes are made from superior grade of fine grain leather that goes through a process to achieve that classic glossy look. Use petroleum jelly to clean your patent leather shoes. Rub sufficient amount of petroleum jelly onto them, let it stand for a while, then buff with a soft cloth. Petroleum jelly will also prevents the leather from cracking.
Suede shoes are made from a type of leather that uses the underside of the skin. Due to its textured nature and open pores, suede shoes easily gets dirty and may absorb liquids quickly. Use masking tape or clear tape to clean dirt off them. Press it on the affected area and gently take it off. If you have a suede cleaning brush, you can use it too to dust off your suedes but be gentle because the wire brush might take off the top layer of the leather. Also make sure that you brush in just one direction, not back and forth. For heavy stains and scuff, do further reading here.
Nubuck leather shoes is made from top-grain cattle leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain side (or the outer side) to produce a velvet-like surface. If suede leather is created from the inner side of a hide, nubuck is created from the outer side of a hide, giving it more strength and thickness along with a fine grain. Use pencil eraser to clean scuffs or dirt spots off your nubuck leather shoes. And to make them look good as new, use very fine sandpaper and gently rub the shoe.
Applying a little castor oil on your leather shoes can keep them soft and supple. Let it dry first then go on with your usual cleaning and polishing. It somehow makes the leather soles waterproof too, so go ahead and put some on the soles as well.
A pencil eraser can also work wonders on dirty spots and scuffs on your suede shoes, nubuck leather shoes and even your light colored sneakers. So keep a pencil eraser handy.
There you go. Hope you find this article useful. See you all on my next post!
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