I have a pair of DB's in Beeswax... they're REALLY beaten up. Normally I embrace the stains, but these are SO bad they look like construction boots. Since purchase 3 years ago, they have trekked across most major cities in France, and 3 cities in India .. so needless to say they're worn.
I'd like to clean them up "a bit" but have a few dilemmas:
1. I usually put clear shoe polish on them (some brand I bought at Walmart... forgot which one. It's the liquid polish stuff with a sponge on the end.. remove cover, push down on sponge end, wipe). But last time I cleaned them up, I wiped off all the winter salt stains with a wet rag and polished. They dried all splotchy, probably because the salt is still in the leather and reacting with the polish. How can I really clean up the leather without going out and buying leather cleaner? Can I put a drop of vinegar or dishsoap on a wet rag and buff?
2. The sole edges are going pretty much black. I'd like them to look new again so I can start on my next 3-year phase of beating them up again
How do I clean up the edges? Sandpaper? Was thinking of taking some 60 grit to the edges to see if that will clean them up without screwing them up.
I would post pics but they are too horrific at this point. Small children point at my shoes and burst into tears. They're really bad.