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Damned salt!!!  What the hell happened to my shoes???

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Cayne-Abel, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    fwiffo Senior member

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    Frankly I would rather deal with the salt than walking on unsalted ice with dress shoes. I was in Atlanta last week and unsalted sidewalks were not fun at all.
     
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    Mac Senior member

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    Frankly I would rather deal with the salt than walking on unsalted ice with dress shoes. I was in Atlanta last week and unsalted sidewalks were not fun at all.

    When that happens, I tend to take the less risky path and walk on the road. [​IMG]
     
  4. Mac

    Mac Senior member

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    I had a pair of shoes that got absolutely wrecked from salt through winter - luckily they were a cheap pair though.

    One tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of water does the trick. Wipe them clean and leave until fully dry. Then polish etc.
     
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    jrd617 Senior member

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    My two recommendations:

    1). Read this article

    2). Get these:

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    greekgeek Senior member

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    This thread is a good case for keeping a pair of Corrected Grain leather shoes on deck at all times.
     
  7. REguy

    REguy Senior member

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    Don't coddle your AEs. These Eastons are my go to shoes whenever the weather in Boston gets crappy (it's been a tough week). They're a pair of cheap seconds, so who cares. Some washing and polish, and 99% of the population thinks I paid extra for the patina. I'll have to give the vinegar thing a try though.

    [​IMG]
     
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    retozimmermann Senior member

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    You should never expose leather footwear (especially leather soled footwear) to the elements (water, snow, salt or slush) in the first place.
    Please purchase some galoshes.
    Remember old wise saying: 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'.


    Are you serious? Shoes are made for walking, also walking in the rain and snow. Of course I wouldn't suggest wearing the most precious leather shoes purposefully in the most awful weather, but: If you take good care of the shoes after they've been exposed to the "nasty real world", they should be perfectly fine.

    If you want shoes that always look unworn as statement pieces behind glass, then you can't wear them - ever.
     
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    MBreinin Senior member

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    I really can't tell anything. They look fine to me. Don't stress over it.

    Mike
     
  10. Cayne-Abel

    Cayne-Abel Senior member

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    Bummer, but unlike many of the typical wise-ass, non-responsive replies this site is famous for and you got, let me offer an answer: the standard treatment for salt is a rubdown with a vinegar/water mix, although depending on the damage, it is not a 100% cure. I live in a city that uses more salt than anywhere and while I take extra precautions, my wife, with her 20 pairs of $229 "fashion boots" does not. I have used the salt solution with more success than anything else, but the ridge deal is a bitch. You may have to strip the polish with saddle soap (sorry to take you backwards) so you can get to the goddamn salt. You should see what it does to cars here! Finally AE's are perfectly acceptable shoes, notwithstanding the snotty EG devotees on this site. You could put a pair of Lobbs through the same abuse and they wouldn't hold up any better. So, don't feel bad about that.
    Thank you for a response that's actually responsive. And as for the snotty reply, mr Monty, consider the possibility that not everyone feels the need or has the means to spend $400+ on a pair of shoes. I used to think that only the spoiled Louis Vuitton-clad white girls at the mall had that attitude.
     
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    Salt happens to us all one time or another. I use this method with good results:
    Half vinegar-half water in a bowl. Use a terrycloth (old towel or white sport socks).
    Rub the salted areas leather ( rub meduim hard) using a fresh part of the cloth for each pass (soles too). let dry on some newspapers. If white film persists, repeat process until it stops. Let dry 12 hours, lotion, polish, let dry, brush, buff.
     
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    Marcellionheart Senior member

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    I have found that I can get most of the salt out with the vinegar solution, but there's still a slight blemish where the salt stain was; right now I'm trying to just drape the vinegarish rag over the stain for an hour or two to see if that goes away. It's barely noticible with polish, but still...OCD reigns. Fortunately, it's just on a pair of Loakes. Full-grain Loakes, yes, but nothing to cry over.
     
  13. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    Needs more salt.
     
  14. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos In Time Out

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    Don't coddle your AEs. These Eastons are my go to shoes whenever the weather in Boston gets crappy (it's been a tough week). They're a pair of cheap seconds, so who cares. Some washing and polish, and 99% of the population thinks I paid extra for the patina. I'll have to give the vinegar thing a try though.

    [​IMG]


    That's not patina, son, that's just straight wrecked.
     
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    ter1413 Senior member

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    You deserve that....
    You live in NY son?? Try the local NY1 channel..they have weather on the 1's!!
     

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