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post #1 of 16
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Hello, all. I just got some vintage shoes off eBay and am not sure how to care for them. I know some of the members here buy vintage shoes and wondered exactly what you do to keep your shoes in good shape. I was thinking that I should clean and put leather conditioner on them and maybe leather lotion afterward. Then, maybe some shoe cream or wax every few wears. What do you think about this?
post #2 of 16
Leather cleaner/conditioner is probably a good idea, followed by some shoe cream and then wax. But how is the condition of the leather at the moment? Is there a huge buildup of wax on the upper? Is the upper dry or cracking? How are the soles? All of these things need to be taken into consideration. If the soles are falling apart, for instance, you can get the shoes resoled and reconditioned at the same time.
post #3 of 16
Don't wear them, LOL

j/k

myke
post #4 of 16
Depends on leather, their condition.. etc. Would you post some pictures, so I can give some ideas..
post #5 of 16
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Then, maybe some shoe cream or wax every few wears. What do you think about this?

I assume, by this comment, that you have these only as a collector/for display and not to wear.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
No, I plan on wearing them. I went to the post office to pick them up but the carrier had left by then. They should be here later on today at around 3.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by IBJanky View Post
Don't wear them, LOL

j/k

myke

drive by jokes, always funny.
post #8 of 16
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No, I plan on wearing them. I went to the post office to pick them up but the carrier had left by then. They should be here later on today at around 3.

Sorry Jordan. Guess I need new glasses. When I quoted you, I thought you said cream and wax every few YEARS thus my question.

So, yeah... condition and then treat like you would any good shoe.

How vintage are we talking?
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm not sure, exactly, Mr. Grant. These are Florsheim Imperial Wing Tips with a V cleat. I just got them in....no pictures yet, bet here's the auction....by the way, they fit wonderfully...moreso than any shoe I have owned...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT
post #10 of 16
IME, some vintage shoes could do with a bit more initial TLC (i.e. more coats of conditioner initially) than 'fresh off the bench' ones.
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks for that bit on info, apropos. how many coats do you think will give me the greatest benefit?
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by JordanH. View Post
thanks for that bit on info, apropos. how many coats do you think will give me the greatest benefit?
Coat, let the conditioner dry and haze over, then buff - rinse and repeat. I do it 3 times on all shoes I purchase - I cannot speak for your vintage shoes. If you have a pair of modern-make shoe that has leather that feels just 'right' to you, you could attempt, with repeated conditioning (interspersed with paste and wax), to reach that level of suppleness.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
I said I would put pictures up...so I shall...




post #14 of 16
They seem to be in good condition. Personally, I would wipe down the interior with antibacterial wipes first. Clean them thoroughly and apply two coats of conditioner at least 8 hours apart.

Then I may bring it to a professional for a change of heel and edge dressing before applying a layer of polish, but that's just me.
post #15 of 16
Maybe I am wrong but with a pair of older shoes like the old Kenmoors (or Nettletons), I would be inclined to apply leather lotion a little more often than I would on a new pair of shoes, especially around the crease area (top & sides) just to ensure maximum flexibility and decrease chances of cracking. The leather on the older Kenmoors of this vintage will be stiff, but with love and care they should prove to be fine for many years yet. Great shoes. I'm sure you'll enjoy them immensely.
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