Since most of you people like the "pretty boots & shoes " it may be of interest to you to know how to keep the brushes used on them pretty too....
Here are the ones made from Yak hair, made in Germany, 25-28 years old, a little pricey, they like to be on their own.
They are made from very dense clusters of Tibetian yak hair. The ones with handles are Redecker , the one on top was made in USA by shoe company that is now closed. All German made or German decent company owners that only deal/dealt in the very best in the world. (Some Japanese manufactures custom hand make the Yak hair brushes now, also. They always were good at coping stuff.)
Here are the brushes for lighter colored leather, USA made from horsehair in the late 30s-mid 50s. I like 3-4 particular out of business manufactures.
They don't like mixing with the darker colored brushes or the polish will rub off on them, all at least 50 years old. Notice very dense clusters of longer horse hair on the larger and close cropped on the "travel" brushes.
Here are the same USA made/manufactured brushes with darker horse hair from the same 3-4 makers. All from late 30-mid 50s.
These brushes are for darker color shoes & boots.
Real dark then lighter for cordovan and then my 2 cleaning brushes on the top right.
All the cleaning brushes are German Redeckers hand tied in hair, made from very hard dense horsehair.
Finally here is the power wheel, I it use to buff to extremely high sheen. 3 inch long horse hair made in USA on a Baldor 1750rpm trimmed to 400rpm.
All my stuff is serviced/cleaned about once a year . I use Spray Nine that dissolves the polishes and residue, spray it on and scrub the brushes with a hand brush, shake them out, and then brush the hair to restore the shape and alignment. Let Air dry or place on shoe rack in dryer on low air only.
But really, I don't know much about maintaining shoes boots I got all these pics from the internet..
The process leaves the brush hair like is came out of the womb. Then you can keep your pretty boots and shoes pretty.....too.