Originally Posted by NAMOR
ugh, I would jump all over this if it was in whiskey
Originally Posted by jslade
Like I mentioned a few times before, I'm completely new to buying shoes that are something other than 1) sneakers, or 2) shoes/boots that don't need to be cared for. I have a few questions regarding taking care of my shoes that I could use a little bit of help on, if one or two of you would be so kind.
From what I understand, the process of conditioning my shoes goes more or less like this:1)
Wipe dust, dirt, etc. off shoes2)
Apply polish to shoes with a brush, cloth, or even old t-shirt3)
Work polish into shoes4)
Wait for shoe to dry5)
Wipe off any excess polish6)
Brush shoes with horsehair brush (?)
Where exactly in this process do I go about applying mink oil to my Pitt Boots? My goal isn't to make my boots especially shiny or anything, although if it helps to condition my boots and to keep them in better condition for as long as possible, I'm all for it. Mainly, though, I just want to waterproof them for the rain and snow.
What exactly is stuff like Alden's Paste Wax
Is there any reason why Alden's Horsehair Brush
is considerably more expensive than Kiwi's?
I plan on picking up:
(1) Horsehair brush
(1) Kiwi Brown Polish (dark brown?)
(1) Shining / buffing cloth
(1) Kiwi mink oil
(1) Horsehair applicator (?)
Thanks for any help, guys, and I apologize in advance for the noobie questions.
OK, I do not use oil on any of my boots (yet) but you would use the oil instead of the polish. For me:
Cordovan, JUST BRUSH. If I get a scrape I just brush a lot more or use spoon to rub it out. Want to get a horn for that sometime.
Calf: This is easier but tricky to explain.1)
Wipe dust, dirt, etc. off shoes2a)
Apply shoe cream to shoes with an old t-shirt. (Leather cream contains leather dye so be careful as it will stain everything including your finger tips. Prob best to do outside. If not possible put down some cardboard or paper) - This step is not needed every time but is great for covering up scratches and scrapes. Not recommended for cordovan? I usually wax after this step but not required.2b)
Apply thin layer of wax to shoes with a brush, cloth, or even old t-shirt3)
Wait for shoe to dry (Do not wait too long. Also you should be using a thin coat which should be dried in less than a minute or two)4)
Brush shoes with horsehair brush5)
Wipe off or buff any excess polish with cloth or old t-shirt
Shoe cream should match the color of the shoe as much as possible. Wax is OK to be off. I sometimes use black wax on #8/Ox Blood shoes and it works great.
There should be a lot of videos on this and how to oil boots.