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My shoes fit so much better now that I have taken the trees out. I don't know why this is.
To the person who asked about Solovair shoes/boots. Doc Martens (very similar to Solovair) make a product called Wonder Balsam. Use this every few weeks and it will keep your shoes/boots supple and protect them from the weather.
Shoe tree question: I occasionally take off my shoes when I'm at the office, especially if I don't have any meetings scheduled or if I'll be sitting behind my desk for extended periods of time. This could last from a couple of hours to half a day, depending on my schedule.
Would it be advisable for me to bring/leave shoe trees at the office for such occasions? Any of you actually put trees on your shoes at the office?
I also take off my shoes and was thinking the same thing about trees. Depends on the office, but I think it's a bit too much to bring shoe trees to a regular 'office'. On the other hand coat hangers are used everywhere
Thanks for the reply. I might be mistaken, but if you're replying to my question about kudu and AE's waxy leather, I don't think either will take polish very well. So far I've been brushing once every few weeks and saddle soaping roughly annually.
Call your local Fish & Game, go to a hunter check-in station, or just start asking around to find a hunter. Shouldn't take much effort to locate a source of fresh deer. Tell them you want a metacarpal without any scraping off of the tissue that might scratch the bone - skin can be cut and pulled off and soft tissue rubbed wiped to minimize. Find a place in your yard where it won't be taken by small mammals (under a overturned large plant pot or in wire mesh, etc. leave it for three months and the bugs will clean it for you. FREE
Or you can use the back of a spoon or other smooth object, there is nothing special about bone despite the hype.
Or you can just rub wax buff etc. as there isn't much special about the smooth surface 'scraping' either except to smear out the oils and this is also accomplished with enough rubbing and buffing. Some may find it reduces the formation of rolls but I tend to like them.
thanks for advice, i ordered a deer bone off amazon to test.
I use neatsfoot oil on my 404s, works pretty well though leather is already quite oily
I had a couple questions regarding some leathers in my collection. I have a pair of Alden Indy AF64s (very similar to the 404) with the heavily oiled Kudu leather. I also have a pair of AE McTavishes in waxy black leather (from their Rough Collection). Of course I'm not looking to have either of these be pristine or shiny, but is there anything I should do in the name of general upkeep besides keeping the in shoe trees and in rotation? I have the AE saddle soap, which they recommend, but I'm wondering if I should just wear them and let Alden/AE take care of them during recrafting.
I googled this a while ago and it seems that people recommended neatsfoot oil for the kudu if it looks a little dry. Other than that just beat the hell out of them.
Edit: stevent beat me to it.
Brushes: I have one brush, then again I only have black shoes. If I didn't have only black shoes I would probably still use one brush. FWIW, I wash my brush maybe once or twice a year with dish soap to remove some of the wax on the bristles.
Lukewarm water, shampoo and a brush is how I do it (just like suede)
Watch out if the canvas is light colored since the leather lining might stain it after it has become wet.