Brand new member here, been stalking the forum for the past 2 days and I have a lot of questions to ask and I feel powerless and would like your help.
Disclaimer: I've only found this forum after i bought my shoe so here goes:
- I have bought a pair of Bruno Magli (i know i know you guys hate it haha) "Raging" this past weekend and it is being shipped to me
- I have only had time to glance and semi read, but there's a lot of articles to go through and there are many opinions so I figured I can get it consolidated with the experts here
- My goal is to figure out, what I should do to my shoe, from beginning to end to keep it nice, etc.
- I believe this shoe is 100% leather on the top, rubber on the bottom, that's it right? (very important, please confirm)
- When I first get the shoes out, I'll try them on briefly around the house, but after that, then what? I heard that you're supposed to insert shoe trees and then "apply some shoe conditioner all over the shoes." Is this correct? If so, what conditioner? can someone please give me a direct link to it (not a generic description)?
- After i let it dry naturally, i shall wipe it once with a "dry cloth", but what kind of cloth exactly should i use? can you show me an actual product for this cloth? terricloth? random dishwashing towel?
- Do i then "apply a layer of shoe cream"? what is shoe cream? better yet, can you show me a product for this? Is this redundant if i already have shoe conditioner? How long should i leave it for? What do i use to wipe it off?
- What next? i heard about brushing the shoes now that the cream is off, but with what brush? i heard horsehair, any ideas? direct link to the product? why brush shoe if its fresh off the box/been conditioned?
- Polish the shoe? if so, how exactly? with what equipment? I read from GQ i should just take it to a nordstrom to do it. should i? I don't want to F up my brand new shoe by using the wrong brush/polish
- Wax the shoe? if so, how exactly? with what equipment?
you see, this may seem second nature to you, but if you can explain each tiny step to me as how i can take care of my shoe i'll be forever grateful. I have a 1.5 yr old colehan that I didn't do any of that and I can see the black is a little bit fading (just a little bit) and i don't want my first "getting to the top tier shoe" follow the same path.
Sorry it's a long post, but in reality, it's really a small question.
Thanks so much in advance!