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Originally Posted by jasonmx3 View Post

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 confused.gif
post #6992 of 11241
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Originally Posted by goodlensboy View Post

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 confused.gif
I keep an extra black and brown pair of shoes in the office and they have their own shoe trees. If anything I would remove those shoe trees and put them in the shoes I were wearing that day if I took my shoes off during the day.
post #6993 of 11241
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Condition once in a while and polish once in a while.

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.
post #6994 of 11241
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Originally Posted by SBear View Post

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.
post #6995 of 11241
How many brushes do you guys use? I have black, dark brown, medium brown, light brown and burgundy shoes. One for each colour/shade?
post #6996 of 11241
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Originally Posted by ducatisteve View Post

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.

I use neatsfoot oil on my 404s, works pretty well though leather is already quite oily
post #6997 of 11241
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Originally Posted by ducatisteve View Post

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.
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Thank you both. The leather is pretty oily already, so usually vigorous brushing will bring out a natural glow. Just always looking for more ways to feed the obsessiveness.
post #6999 of 11241
Yeah I would use neatsfoot oil on kudo as well. A lot of brushing. I wouldn't use saddle soap on them.

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.
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What are good products recommended for

 

- suede/nubuck, various quality or price ranges

with tutorials

 

- greasy/waxy or special leathers, various quality or price ranges, too.

 

Thank you.

post #7001 of 11241

I have CDBs in this particular finish

 

 

 

and strangely they get super dusted after treading with simple (Doc Martens) dubbin. Strangely my greasy/ways Docs are just fine with this treatment.

post #7002 of 11241
Just to make this one complete:

- Proper care for canvas shoes? (No washing machine)

- How to make the side of the plastic sole like new again on (sneaker) shoes? Regular bath soap did not do the trick

Thanks.
post #7003 of 11241
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Originally Posted by name View Post

Just to make this one complete:

- Proper care for canvas shoes? (No washing machine)

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.
post #7004 of 11241
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Originally Posted by name View Post
- How to make the side of the plastic sole like new again on (sneaker) shoes? Regular bath soap did not do the trick

I use liquid dish detergent, mixed with a little warm water. Lightly scrub with an old toothbrush, then wipe with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

post #7005 of 11241

I've always put my Nike Air-max trainers in a pillowcase and in the washing machine. After that - out of the pillowcase - I tumble dry them. Both of these activities on low heat settings. The trainers always come up like new. Obviously, you can't do this too often but, then, trainers don't really need cleaning very often. 

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