Originally Posted by ThinkDerm
Anyone ever used the Cura brand shoe brushes? Any feedback?
I believe the same brushes are sold under a variety of names. I have two of them (under a different name) and while they are well constructed brushes, there are two aspects that I am not entirely happy with.
The first is that the form and finish of the handle are not what they could be. The handle could be both a smoother finish, and designed to fit more comfortably in the hand.
The second issue I have found is that the ends of the handle extend a bit farther beyond the bristles than brushes from some other manufacturers, and on the underside have a sharp edge, rather than being rounded nicely.
I have had this sharp edge cause nicks on the edges of the soles and heels of shoes while brushing. It doesn't happen all of the time, but I have found that when brushing the arch side of a shoe with particularly deep arches, the end of the brush can make inadvertent contact with the side of the sole or heel, and the sharp edge can cause a nick.
I don't have this problem with other brushes. When the handle doesn't extend as far beyond the bristles, it is less likely to accidentally contact the sole or heel and even if it does, a well rounded edge won't cause a nick.
I suppose both of these issues might be resolved to some extent through the judicious use of a little sandpaper, however I have not attempted it.
My favorite brush is an old Fuller, inherited from my father.
I don't believe Fuller sells the same style of brush any longer, but the one I have closely resembles this brush
which, though I don't own one, appears to be a rather nice brush. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that the handle appears to have a very smooth finish, there are grooves in the sides to accommodate your fingers, and the ends of the handle end shortly after the bristles and are nicely rounded.