Originally Posted by sysdoc
I'm sorry to hear your story with the water stained pair. However, I am confident that there is hope. What you do is soak the whole shoe in water with a tiny amount of mild hair shampoo and rub the stained area gently with a sponge. Rinse them with fresh water and let them drip off for a while. When they are drip dry insert shoe trees and apply a good amount of wax to the upper (yes, while they are still wet!). Now let them dry in peace. Once the whole shoe is dry you'll be surprised to see that the wax sunk all into the leather. The stains should be gone. Now polish the shoe (you can treat it with leather conditioner if that makes you feel better).
A certain individual may condemn the look as "gaudy", but I can positively say that a good spit shine saves your shoe from water stains.
I am wondering if I am that individual
. I think that super shiny shoes are nice looking, but I do not prefer a spit shine for myself. Sometimes I am in the mood for that look, and will do it to a pair of shoes, but I end up having to dull them the next time I wear them.