Shoes don’t need to seem like our cover image. Why does someone have such powerful creases in their sneakers? We took care of the sneakers.
At some point, even the best leather, despite routine and good shoe maintenance, is in the end of its life.
A good shoe may be worn for a long time and with frequent inspection and caring attention, it behaves like a traditional vehicle.
Folds cannot be prevented. But our feet are not bricks, but quite flexible body parts that are enclosed with a sturdy shoe.
The more space there is between the upper leather and the rear of the foot, the more powerful the creases can develop there.
Having a shoe tree along with regular care, the leather shouldn’t dry , creases cannot be prevented, however, the formation is significantly reduced.
In any case, we do not feel that the shoes were still worn in people since they were.
The shortcomings in detail
Along with failed shoe maintenance, shoes have a few more issues
- Strong folds
- Slight abrasions about the hints
- Scratches on the leather
- Sole edges colorless and frayed
- Leather matt and dry
- Insole nearly black (the consequence of frequent wear without resting period
- Insole damaged
- Heels expired strongly
Thorough cleaning of the inside and outside
Before shoe maintenance comes the shoe cleaning.
We use the Burgol shoe cleaner for inside cleaning. It has a disinfectant effect and adds moisture and nourishing substances to the leather from the inside. For your outer leather, we utilize a strong cleaner, the Saphir Leather and Saddle Soap, and a small brush with short wild boar bristles to help.
We dilute the Burgol shoe cleaner with 2 parts of water. In order to soften the stubborn dirt inside , we apply undiluted shoe cleaner to a sponge and wipe the inside. So pre-treatedwe allow the sneakers stand for 10 minutes.
We wash the inside thoroughly with all the diluted shoe cleaner. We repeat the procedure until the liquid which runs out no longer turns dark.
We use a piece of towel paper to absorb extra cleaning fluid at the interior. We don’t let the leather dry, but rather go straight to moist cleaning with leather and saddle soap.
We employ the saddle and leather soap generously with a moist sponge and let it work for a few minutes. We consume water with the brush and wash the leather aggressively. We repeat the procedure once.
Now all of the dirt and the shoe polish are off the leather. The leather got really wet. With the wet leather we proceed into another step.
It would be nice if creases could be easily removed. But maybe not possible. Once the structure in the leather is flexed, stretched and compressed, there is no means that may restore the structure to its original state.
We tried once with a folded bone, but we couldn’t. Maybe we do not have the practice. It’s ideal for removing shallow scrapes in Shell Cordovan.
Good shoemakers have a special straightener for leather. With experience and the straightening iron, the very best approach to reduce bloating. However, the structure in the leather can’t restore a straightening iron into its original condition. The exterior of this leather is attracted back into shape by heat, but remains considerably more prone to wrinkles that are new.
With heat and moisture you can do a lot with leather. Wet leather expands slightly and contracts again as it dries.
The areas will continue to be vulnerable, but with good care that soaks from the leather, it is going to stay pliable. The folds cannot harden as readily and the leather may afterwards crack.
We depart the shoe trees at the shoes instantly. The shoes dry at room temperature.
Maintain sole edges
The cut edges of the soles are particularly sensitive. They’re sealed when the shoes are created, however, the protection does not last forever. As in our case, the consequences are somewhat frayed and bleached cut borders. The consequences of moisture, dirt and continuous mechanical strain.
We proceed in several steps so that the sole advantages not only look great, but also that the ironic leather is slightly more flexible again.
- Apply to the edge of the sole, let it soak in and, for the next measure, rub the surface vigorously with a sterile cloth.
- Together with the sole edge colour we shield the sole edges such as a light seal and give them back a uniform colour. The Creme Delicate doesn’t absorb it deeply, but it is still completely sufficient.
- In order to get a better look at the frayed sole edges and also to provide even more security, we use shoe wax. Before doing this, we lightly smooth out the frayed regions with fine sandpaper. Apply shoe wax with a cloth and a little more pressure, let it dry and buff the edges with fabric.
A good deal of effort, but we have the intended result. The edges of the only are more elastic again, are well protected, have an even colour and no longer look frayed. Above all, the leather structure stays visible and therefore does not look like a plastic only over the Dainite Rubber Sole.
Eliminate small scratches and light abrasions in the leather
Many tiny scratches adorn the shoes. The majority of them aren’t any longer, or barely, be familiar after care with shoe polish and shoe wax.
It’s exactly the same with the abrasions. They are very superficial and do not go deep in the leather.
We do not need to be worried about it. With the subsequent maintenance with shoe polish and shoe wax, then the small optical defects disappear automatically.
There is a large scratch on the ideal shoe, almost a small circle at the leather. The fault will nonetheless be quite noticeable with the customary shoe care.
We fill up the faulty area with some Famacolor repair cream. We leave a little mound of lotion on the damaged region. Before it is completely dry, we carefully remove the surplus repair cream with a sharp knife.
Colour and care for the leather shoes
After thorough cleaning, the numerous light areas of the shoes require paint. At precisely the exact same time, the dried out leather requires moisture again so that it stays supple and the creases don’t increase again so quickly.
The choice now would be the Saphir Renovateur. But once the leather has approved the renovator, it can only absorb the colour pigments of this shoe polish to a lesser degree.
We therefore do with no Saphir Renovateur and content ourselves with all the maintenance materials in the shoe polish for the initial round of attention. We utilize the Saphir shoe polish in the Medaille d`Or show in Havana.
The narrow areas between the edge of the sole and the upper leather, in addition to the observable cut borders of the top leather, first get some shoe cream with a framework brush.
We use the shoe polish to the rest of the upper leather using a shoe cleaning cloth wrapped around a finger.
At this point, the temptation is excellent to apply a good deal of shoe polish. Leather can’t absorb shoe polish indefinitely. Everything which is too much has to laboriously get the leather off.
Ideally, you simply use as much shoe polish as the leather may consume. No shoe polish remains as a coating on the leather. In training, you apply a very thin layer and, if necessary, another thin coating.
You will shortly get a sense of how much shoe polish your shoes need when it is too far and you have to wash a greasy layer of shoe polish off the leather. Therefore use shoe polish.
The end result is impressive.
Protection and shine with a shoe wax
The superficial abrasions are hardly noticeable through the coloured shoe polish, only the areas look a little bit more matt compared to the rest of the leather. We need a bit more glow on the tips.
We put a thin layer of moderate brown shoe wax on the strategies and slightly more about the abrasions. We allow the shoe wax tender for five minutes.
We polish the shoes into a shine with the horsehair brush.
Having a goat hair brush we work on the tips a bit more.
No shoe wax is applied in the area of the gussets. The hard wax divides quickly. This doesn’t hurt the sneakers or the leather, however, a thin, broken layer of wax visually strengthens the creases.
The inner workings
You may no longer place a foot on the insole. It’s cleaned thoroughly, but you would observe the damaged areas with every step. A shoemaker can replace the old sole, but we don’t even need to go that far.
We are solving the problem with a new insole made from vegetable-tanned cowhide. The front bottoms of the insoles don’t quite fit to the pointed shoes.
We cut on the insoles a bit thinner with sharp scissors. We proceed in very small steps so the insoles don’t suddenly become too narrow.
The image clearly demonstrates that the wrinkles have become significantly fewer even with no shoe tree.
It is not tough to maintain excellent shoes like the Allen Edmonds Belmont in good shape for a lengthy time. Anyone who fails them so badly and creates such powerful creases will need to devote a bit more effort. Our steps at a glance:
- Exterior cleaning with Saphir leather and saddle soap
- Reduce creases caused by damp leather and shoe trees
- Heal single edges with Famaco Creme Delicate, only edge paint and shoe wax
- Scratches treated with Famacolor Repair Cream
- Colour refreshment and care of the leather together with all the Saphir Medaille d`Or Havanna
- Damaged insoles coated with Ringpoint Gold leather only
Shoe care is worthwhile and we’re really excited. When we saw the shoes we didn’t suspect that such a result could come out. Regular shoe maintenance with the right way and program saves a lot of money and leaves your sneakers in a showable condition for quite a while.