I was looking at my Certo shoes that I ordered a year ago and wore three or four times. Ever. They're way too dressy to fit into my wardrobe, and the fad of wearing dress shoes with jeans is played out, especially in my age group. Even when I wear a suit, they still are just too plain. I'm not a banker, after all. So I decided to antique them (they're dark brown), and messed around with black and cordovan shoe cream, but they were still very dressy looking, with only a subtle change. This is probably because I didn't want to go too far with the black shoe cream, as the shoes were already pretty dark brown to begin with. So today, I started beating them with a hammer, creasing them every possible way in my hands, sandpapering them all over the place, whiping bleach on them, and then sandpapering them and creasing them some more. After I put on some shoe polish and did some light buffing, I decided that they look pretty awesome. They're not ridiculously beat up but all of the sudden they look great with my jeans. I decided I'm going to give them the same treatment as my jeans (which I wear for months at a time without ever washing them to achieve a beautiful patina). I'm going to wear these shoes 4-5 times a week for maybe 6 months or so without using shoe trees in between wearings. I imagine that doing this with only occasional conditioning with shoe cream could create a really nice effect. I guess the moral of the story is - if your shoes are looking boring to you, bust out that sandpaper and follow up with shoe cream. If you never wear them anyway, who cares if you ruin them? I had fun with it and people who have seen me wear the shoes before in their previous state have all of the sudden complimented them. Especially recommended if you're like me and you wear a lot of jeans and co-opy clothing.
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4/10/06 at 8:47pm