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A cautionary tale of using the Mac method on brogues with a shoddy brush


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Apr 9, 2012
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(Pictures are reconstruction of events).

In trying to breathe some life into my much loved and well-worn Campanile shell brogues (age: 12 years) I decided to give the Mac method (http://theagatineeyelet.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/the-mac-method/) a try.

I whipped out what is perhaps not the highest-end of brushes, but still a almost new horsehair brush from a English shoemaker of reasonable reputation, and got started.

Watching TV in the meantime, the brushing was long and vigorous but without any excessive force.

The results

1. Indeed, the shoes got a definite facelift which sadly is hard to tell due to my awfull camera (MacBook built-in webcam)

2. What also does not show is that the toe medallion got dense “peach-fuzz” from lint and fibers from the brush that has gotten stuck in the brogueing.

I try to suck it out with a vacuum cleaner, no good. I try to poke it out with a ultra-thin screwdriver for glasses, no success either. Finally I resort to pulling out the strands of stuck horse-hair with a pair of tweezers, one at a time. Incredibly time consuming and annoying.

Moral of the story: When brushing any kind of brogues vigorously, make sure your brush is of a solid quality that does not lose hairs, unless you enjoy the added chore of picking brogue-hairs in addition to nose-hairs. Or consider using a cloth.

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