Can I use SHOE GOO to glue it back on?
EDIT: found out about something called Barge Cement. would that do the trick? is it safe to use?
Edited by blazingazn - 8/15/11 at 1:03am
First post. Been lurking for a little while.
This thread is just what I needed, when I am just starting to get my first nice (for me) shoes.
I've bought two pairs of Ferragamo Parigis, and have some entry level Bruno Magli pieces.
I know that's small potatoes for the people on this forum, but they're right for the level I'm playing at and I'm really enjoying them.
Last night I bought shoe trees on the Jos A Bank buy one, get two free sale.
This week, before I get home from working offshore, I'll sort myself out with a bunch of Saphir products and will start practicing soon.
But the question I have is about caring for the suede stuff. The brass brush and rubber brush for nubuck have been mentioned for stain cleaning and preserving the texture of suede...
But what about the oils in the leather? Isn't suede subject to the same dehydration effects that other leathers are? Since you can't polish suede, what products do you use to keep it oiled/hydrated and how do you apply them?
I really want to keep these Parigis looking their best and in great condition for as long as I can.
For the benefit of others after me, I have found these things out:
Dealing with suede often is often summarized as "spray protectant on it and brush the nap when it's looking tired"
But there do exist some suede conditioning products specifically with nourishment in mind.
Ecco makes a "Nubuck and Suede Conditioner Daily Care" spray. Daily was probably more than I was thinking would be necessary,
and I wasn't sure Ecco was trustworthy enough a brand.
I also found a company called Leather Magic. Apparently their entire business is based on conditioning leather. And they seem to
have been around for a while, so OK. They have a Suede Conditioner that is pure conditioner.
They also make cleaner - there's a bunch of cleaners on the market though. Still, they make one more interesting product for suede and nubuck: A UV guard:
Particularly recommended for naked leathers like nubuck and suede. So there you are - now your shoes need sunblock. I ordered some of this.
In addition to the brass and rubber bristled brushes recommended, I also found this product geared towards scrubbing suede/nubuck:
The above website was also a very good-value resource for horsehair polishing brushes etc for someone starting out like I am.
Remaining knowledge gap is that I can't seem to get anyone to commit to what the ideal products are for ostrich and elephant. They're fairly unique skins, and neither really fits under the banners of either calf based or reptile. Would love some experienced comments on that from someone.
hope this helps another noob like me.
Don't know about crema alpina, but Saphir Reptan Beauty Milk sounds like a winner.
I've bought one of these, but didn't get a chance to start working on my boots this last leave.
all the best,
Ditto. My head is spinning, too.