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While my suede dries... New Nomads (AE)


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Feb 16, 2020
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My first ever pairs of suede shoes are on the windowsill drying. Here’s a bit about this purchase and what I’m doing to care for them:

1. They are Allen Edmonds Nomad plain toes, very beautiful, with calfskin leather lining soft enough to wear without socks. (I probably won’t.)

One pair are medium grey (6244), with beautiful dark brown sole edges. The other are white buck (3473) — white, not bone — and equally gorgeous soles edges with a subtle red layer. Both factory seconds. picked up at ShoeBank for $149.00 and $97.00, retailing for $345.00 each. So congrats me on that.

2. The shoe care products came to $73.00, but worth it. I am amazed what a good suede brush and suede gum eraser can do! Brushing suede with metal (and non-metal) bristles fluffs up the nap brilliantly!! And the eraser is miraculous! Trenton & Heath swear erasers solve 90% of suede problems, and it’s true. The specks and smudges on my white suede just disappeared!

Now the Renovateur Suede conditioner is drying at the window. I took them to the fire escape (remind me to find the spray cap that fell four stories) and gave them a generous spray; the mink oil and other Reno nutrients will absorb into the leather tonight.

Tomorrow, a spray of Super Invulner. I can’t wait to do Trenton’s water proof test and watch the water slide right off these. But first, a few droplets as a test. If they bead up, great — if they absorb into the leather, I’ll apply another layer and try again.

Last, I’ll apply Saphir Everest Graisse to the welt threads (carefully and precisely) to help condition them for a long healthy life, and when the shoes are completely treated, they’ll be relaxed, wrapped in tissue and placed in clear plastic tubs. My cobbler Josef (Advance Shoe Repair, NYC) recommends these to keep shoes from getting dry and dusty, and you can see what shoes are inside.





Here they are pictured after the application of Saphir Renovateur Suede Conditioner spray.

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