CLEANING OLD SHOES
shoe maniac
Guy at the fixer shop wanted l0$ to clean my shoes. I politely excused myself saying I had to go buy groceries, pay rent and heating  bills and have a life. Came home & googled ways to clean them myself, found these methods. The first is the BEVERLY HILLS of HOME SHOE SHINES. This website will GET YOU HIGH on SHOES, STONED. GET YOU CRAZY SPENDING 200$ a pair FOR SHOES THAT LOOK LIKE THESE TO THE LEFT HERE.  First,  GO TO THE SHOE SNOB BLOG and look at their cleaning methods. This site is for ADULTS ONLY. OVER l8. Immature people will become shoe maniacs if they even look at shoes so succulent, so ......I HAVE NO WORDS....... GO SEE. And to think he HOME SHINES! I guess in not making those 20 visits to shoe guy you paid for the shoes!

MORE PEDESTRIAN CLEANERS SAY:
"Try using Goop waterless hand cleaner. It will clean and condition leather. I use it for all my saddles, bridles anything leather. Even leather furniture. It works on all shoes, both leather and man made material. It is also the greatest pre-wash you can use. It gets all kind of stains out and its cheap.
You'll find Goop in auto parts stores
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I use WD40 on my shoes at work. They do not shine because they are work shoes. Just clean off the dirt, mud, etc and spray it on and rub it in a little. It seems to make them softer and more water repellent. Certainly they look better.Traditional Method
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I have found the best method for cleaning leather is to use "Saddle Soap", let it dry, then condition with "Mink Oil". Both of these items are in round cans that can be found where shoe polish is sold. This leaves the leather soft and rich looking without being greasy.
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My husband is a police officer who has to wear leather shoes as part of his uniform, and they have to look good all the time. The best thing we've found for keeping his shoes clean and new looking is furniture polish. Just buy the cheapest store brand you can find, spray lightly, and wipe with a cloth. The polish helps seal in moisture so leather shoes don't dry out and crack. My husband's shoes are black, but I think the furniture polish would work just as well on white or colored shoes. If the shoes are really caked with dirt/mud/etc you may want to first wash with any household cleaner, then follow up with the furniture polish.
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I have found the best method for cleaning leather is to use "Saddle Soap", let it dry, then condition with "Mink Oil". Both of these items are in round cans that can be found where shoe polish is sold. This leaves the leather soft and rich looking without being greasy.
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My husband is a police officer who has to wear leather shoes as part of his uniform, and they have to look good all the time. The best thing we've found for keeping his shoes clean and new looking is furniture polish. Just buy the cheapest store brand you can find, spray lightly, and wipe with a cloth. The polish helps seal in moisture so leather shoes don't dry out and crack. My husband's shoes are black, but I think the furniture polish would work just as well on white or colored shoes. If the shoes are really caked with dirt/mud/etc you may want to first wash with any household cleaner, then follow up with the furniture polish.
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I sell kids shoes for a living. This very question is asked every day. The best way to clean shoes is to prevent stains. Always spray canvas shoes with a "Scotchguard" type fabric protector. Test the spray on the tongue to make sure it won't stain. For leather and suede spray with a waterproofer like "Aquatec". Again test on the tongue.
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The best way to clean canvas is to spot wash by hand using a mild detergent and soft toothbrush (a good use for old toothbrushes and soap slivers). Even if the shoe is machine washable. Machine washing wears down the adhesive that holds the shoe together.
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Leather is leather and should be cleaned professionally. Suede can be cleaned with a $4 care kit that you can buy at a shoe store or repair shop. It should have an eraser and stiff brush. Just follow directions.

Coming from a veteran, maintaining leather shoes that are smooth is an art. You just get some high-quality wax (I highly suggest Kiwi. It is the only one I trust). Take an old T-shirt - the older the better. Get it a little bit wet and gently spread a thin layer of wax on the shoes.

Using this method, you don't have to "polish" the shoe, but you can take out nicks and divots pretty easily. If you just do it one layer a day, you will stretch the life of your shoes. If you keep a coat of wax on leather shoes, it even protects them from water and salt that accumulates on the upper near the sole during the winter months. No matter how battered the shoe, as long as they don't have holes, they can look less than three months old with some patience.

Hair Conditioner

We do a lot of leather cleaning - boots, shoes (even my Sunday ones) bridles etc with VO5 hair conditioning gel. A little goes a long way. Brush off most of the dust with a damp cloth or brush then rub a little dab of gel over the surface and wipe with a soft cloth to a shine.

FROM FRUGAL GAL MOI who won't spend on all the above items. "I have OLD HANDCREAMS, big bottles of CASTOR OIL lying around. Sometimes the GUCK inside gets too old to use on my skin. I recently polished my furniture with Castor oil. WOW! Did it come out great! Shines like shellac. Handcreams are thinner, less waxy and are good for removing dirt and stains, your first cleaning agent. Castor oil is like the final coat. You can shine it when it dries. Dry rag and some elbow grease. SHELLAC!

With proper care, a good shoe can last forever. Remember that you get what you pay for. If you pay $15.00 for a shoe, chances are you will only get one season out of it. But a $50 shoe or a 200$ shoe like JUSTIN SHOE MANIAC at the SITE AT THE TOP of this page... that kind can last a lifetime. AND INSPIRE OOOhhhs and AHhhhhh from men and women. Signed, ANITA SANDS HERNANDEZ.

P.S. As promised,  cleaning leather shoes, or any kind of leather, does not have to be hard or expensive!

http://www.wikihow.com/Polish-Shoes

What SHOE SNOB GUYS says every man wants for Christmas: Go to Walmart and get the collection of items,
soft brushes, flannel rags you make yourself with a yard of flannel and set them in a box of rags under the bed.

wowie xmas gift for a man

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