Did you know?
CIDER SHOE TREES
When you purchase a new pair of shoes, it’s always a good idea to get a pair of shoe trees to go along with them (cedar is best).
-Trees will ensure that your shoes maintain their form for years to come, and cedar also has moisture wicking and deodorizing properties that will keep your shoes looking and smelling good.
- OFF THE FOOT -
(O.T.F.) New and used shoes being cleaned, conditioned, and shined off the foot.
*Takes longer $5 extra and up. - (Depends on how much leather is associated with the shoe) -
The nice thing about Off The Foot =OTF, is we take the laces out, so we can get to the shoe tongue, and also clean the whole shoe, top and bottom.
*The nice thing about doing the shine on your foot, in the chair is, the warmth of your foot, warms the leather, so the polish and wax absorb into the shoe much better.
Leather shoes should be polished when they are still new, as this will cut down the chances of incurring permanent damage on the leather surface.
Leather wax and creams do three main things;
1) Moisturize the leather.
2) Protect the leather by creating a surface barrier.
3) Give it a shined look.
As a rule of thumb, shining your shoes every 2-3 weeks will keep them in good shape.In most places you can get away with every month or so.
"But our "SEATTLE" rainy climate means we have to shine more frequently."
- Cordovan Leather - (Horse Leather) -
Highly sought after and limited in supply worldwide, the equine leather known as (shell) cordovan is exceptionally hardy, lustrous and has great water and dirt repellent properties.
The most common fault when caring for cordovan leather is applying too much and/or the wrong kind of shoe care product.
Apart from caking up on the surface, smothering its inherent color and patina, too much cream or polish may actually dull its natural shine.
And as with all as shoes, excess polish in the vamp area often leads to unsightly crumbling in the creases.
Deer Bone Conditioning
Primly used for cordovan shoes, shoe polishing deer bones contain natural oils and are used to re-compass the pores and fibers of the leather.
This helps cover up scratches and scuffs while also providing some nourishment.
Zip Soles, Sole Savers -
One thing that makes a huge difference in maintaining leather soled shoes is getting them Zip Soles/Sole saver. That’s when a rubber overlay is placed over the natural sole, and it’s best to have this done when the shoes are still new.
Acts as a barrier between the leather uppers and the wet/rough ground.*Most water damage is done from the bottom up, rather than top down, because the leather soles act as a sponge wicking water right to the leather uppers creating a wavy water line.
- Water Damage -
But, anytime is better then leaving your shoe soles to the elements. Mostly in wet climates like Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, and the east coast as well. 18 eighteen different colors of Zip soles/Sole savers, to choose from.
Unfortunately once salt/water stains have appeared, some say they can't be removed.
But here at Old Style, we've come up with a process that can remove some or most of the stains, it really depends on how long it's been on the
(Old Style Shoe Shine has come up with a way to removing some water and salt stains. Stop or call and get a quote)
If you have gotten them wet, how do you care for them?
Or are they goners?
If you get caught in the rain, wipe the water off as soon as possible – don’t let it sit on the surface.
If a shoe becomes too saturated it can create permanent stains.
They should always be protected with a rain and stain guard when they are new and every time they are cleaned.
It’s always best to avoid permanent damage before it happens, so you don’t have to worry about salvaging your favorite pair after the fact.
The zip sole, sole saver, acts as a barrier between the leather uppers and the wet/rough ground.
So, don't give up on those favorite shoes, boot's, or anything leather.
- Suede -
Suede should never be spray protected while still dirty, because it will actually lock the stains in.
If you have gotten them wet, how do you care for them? Or are they goners?
If you get caught in the rain, wipe the water off as soon as possible – don’t let it sit on the surface.If a shoe becomes too saturated it can create permanent stains.
That being said, they should always be protected with a rain and stain guard when they are new and every time they are cleaned.*Suede should never be spray protected while still dirty, because it will actually lock the stains in.
*Must be off the foot!
Stop or call Old Style Shoe Shine Co. We need to see the piece of leather, boot, shoe, purse, briefcase for a quote.
Plus, we carry Dainite sole and heels as well.
Dainite, a specialized product invented to solve a common problem with dress shoes: their soles are usually made from flat leather. Leather is a lightweight, breathable and durable material to use on a shoe sole.
However it is less ideal in persistently wet conditions.
Rubber soles with grip patterns are the obvious solution to this but they tend to pick up dirt easily and are thicker and heavier. They are also considered less formal. Dainite provides the perfect answer. The sleek and smooth rubber gives a formal and high-quality feel and the indented studs grip into the ground. This is useful in the winter months when rain and frost can often cause poor grip.
Dainite’s special design ensures that dirt is not picked up in great quantities and the soles can easily be wiped clean if necessary. It is this provision of excellent grip combined with great durability and ease-of-maintenance which gives Dainite an edge of many other sole materials.
Although Dainite has been around for over 100 years, the manufacturing process has changed little, and the low-dirt form has held fast. The product’s name originally came from the local slang for the company as being the “day and night mill”.