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How do you clean used shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by phenom01, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. phenom01

    phenom01 Well-Known Member

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    I bought some allen edmonds shoes online and would like to clean them inside. How do i go about that?
     
  2. Gdot

    Gdot Well-Known Member

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    First you set the washing machine setting to delicate...............................................................






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    Sorry, I don't know what you can do really. Perhaps some athlete's foot powder if it is germs you are worried about?
     
  3. tgt465

    tgt465 Well-Known Member

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    Last time I went bowling I saw them spraying Lysol in the rental shoes. You could also ask your local ski rental place about what they do with their boots. Not sure how advisable any of this is with proper dress shoes though.
     
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    Lysol does a good job for germ prevention. I think it does help some with odor as well. Sometimes if my feet sweat or the shoes I'm wearing get wet from rain or snow, I'll spray some lysol in them before they dry.
     
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    I've either been very lucky or the Lysol works very well. I've acquired countless pairs of thrifted dress shoes including innumerable pairs of AE's and have yet to get teh itchy foot.
     
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    1.Wipe the inside with a damp cloth witha a dash of saddle soap, let it dry:
    2. wipe the saddle soap with a damp cloth;
    3. Spray with solution of boric acid, sold here as anti fungal anti microbian spray:
    4. Let that for 24 hrs to air dry.
    5. Insert shoe trees and proceed with upper cleaning and restoration of color, if necessary.
     
  7. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Well-Known Member

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    Adding moisture inside a shoe isn't the best approach...
     
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    I'd stick with lysol.
     
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    Vodka pr Whiskey on terrycloth. Not too wet. 40% alcohol kills germs and leaves a lovely fragrance in the shoe after. Let dry. Apply sparingly, some leather lotion inside the shoe with your fingers. Work it into the leather. Let dry an hour or so. Wipe with clean rag. Insert shoe trees. Then leather lotion the outside of the shoes after wiping them with a damp cloth (water, not vodka). Let dry another hour. Brush, then buff. Re-lace the shoes after. Post before and after photos please.
    Welcome to Styleforum.
     
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    Because that's just what I want to smell like at 8am.
     
  11. Gdot

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    Just be sure to dust the shoe interior thoroughly with the remnants from your ashtray. It absorbs all of the excess moisture and it's aroma only adds to the effect!
     
  12. Nick V.

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    In addition to some things mentioned above:

    Lots of country clubs and high end shoe repairs use sanitizers these days.
    You may want to stop by and have your shoes zapped.
     
  13. phenom01

    phenom01 Well-Known Member

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    Does alcohol mess up leather?
     
  14. WhateverYouLike

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    Alcohol dehydrates so I doubt it's too healthy for your leather...

    Also, 40% alcohol does not kill a lot of bacteria. 70% is the magic number.
     
  15. Nick V.

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    Dries it out. Bad to use.
     
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    Nuke it from orbit.

    It's the only way to be sure.
     
  17. koolhistorian

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    You add moisture with each wear :D, sorry to say. On the other hand, if it is about a pair of shoes that was worn by an unknown person, I just prefer to be on the safe side - if totally obsessed you can add a silica pouch to absorb moisture. And use for a time a anti fungal talcum powder ....
     
  18. Anden

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    But using a cloth with alcohol/sanitizer once to get a "fresh start" should not hurt too much. I have done it and I can´t see any damage. When using them you add new sweat that should soften the presumed dry leather. It all depends on the shoe and the value of it.

    One idea I have is to use a steamer. I have one for cleaning and steaming clothes with exchangable heads. I have been thinking of steaming the inside of shoes. Sure you add some moisture but at least germs and other nasty things will die.
     
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    My golf shoes had some odor 'issues' (probably resulting from walking through some swampish ground) that I couldn't quite shake - even with Lysol.

    I stumbled across this Kiwi deodorizer product at Dick's Sporting Goods:

    http://www.kiwicare.com/kiwimcmssite/us/products/sport/fresh-force.html

    It's done an amazing job at eliminating the odeur de swamp.
     

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