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7 Ways to Look like an Authentic Cowboy

7 Ways to Look like an Authentic Cowboy 0

You need two things to look like a real cowboy: the Right Apparel and Self Reliance. Look the part with 7 ways to use western wear in your wardrobe.
Can you use leather shoe polish on belts?

Can you use leather shoe polish on belts? 0

Yes America! Yes you can.

We've all had a fun New Years, but now it is time to get back to the office. I like to wardrobe my week ahead in preparation. Here's a crazy idea I got as I was matching my shirts, belts, socks, and shoes together. 

I thought to myself "Can you use leather shoe polish on belts?"

Old belt + Shoe Polish = New(er) belt ???

Could it be that the secret is in the polish? The answer, ladies and gents is a resounding YES!

Here's what I had to work with in my belt glossing galactic journey. 

My Secret Belt Glossing Journey 

Inventory

  • 4 belts of varying colors
  • 3 cheap shoe shine covers 
  • rag
  • 10 minutes

Work from lightest color to darkest color, I applied leather varnish to each belt. 


Here are the belts: Black, Dark Brown, Tan, and Red. We're working from lights to darks, saving black for last. If you get black polish on a neutral belt, it is MUCH HARDER to remove than if you get neutral (or red, or brown) polish on a black belt. 

The Correct Order for Polishing Leather

(I guess mamma was right when she told us "don't wash the dark colored laundry with the whites." But seriously, save black for last. You don't want dark ink on your fingers as you handle a delicate caramello cognac colored boot; therefore start from the lightest color upwards.)


Hang to dry for 5 minutes. Let that soak in real nice. 5 minutes is all you need. But if you want to get sentimental, and see the light dancing off the belts like wind chimes on a cool breezy day, you can wait 10 minutes; we won't judge. 



Here are the products: 

 

  1. Brown - Liquid Polish by Shoe Gear
  2. Clear - Neutral Color Shine by Kiwi
  3. Black - Scuff Cover by Kiwi

 

Results

So I'm not the best photographer - but I can see the difference. To me the After picture seemeds more glossy (almost like a car-wax feel to it), more protected, a little darker (but that will fade once the moisture evaporates), and more fresh. All-together a fun experience! 

See for yourself below!

Red belt was fine, Black belt needs to be replaced. Sadly, the leather shoe polish did not remove the creases on the black belt.

Pro Tip

"When attempting to rub a life-giving and salubrious liquid to any leather hide - made of the fatty epidermal tissue of a saber-tooth-tiger, wolf, or other likely dangerous animal -remember to look in the tallest mirror you have in your home & make confident power poses in the mirror. Your confidence will increase like the luminant light of your newly glossed galoshes." -AP

Get Your Leather to The Doctor

Three of the four belts were able to be recovered. The black belt, the one that I had worn for the longest amount of time, sadly, was beyond repair. Much like our bodies preventative care is better, and more successful than curative & immediate in-patient care. If you wait too long, you might just have to buy a new one. 

I'll put it this way:

"Leather care maintenance is like botox. The earlier you do it, the better it will be."

And trust us boo - you ain't getting any younger.To summarize - YES; you can use products meant for shoes on belts and other leather accessories. However, you want to catch it early!!

Stock up on Shoe Polish

You'll need a leather shoe polish to match - so why not buy now? 

Turn back the sands of the desert and the sands of time with Leather Protectant and Horse Rider products.

Wolf of Wall Street? Shine bright like a diamond with Business dress shoe Cleaners and conditioners

Looking to craft accessories, mend broken clothes, or fix your heels, purse, or leather couch - head on over to Craft and Repair. 

 

Are "ergonomic shoes" and "ergonomic sandals" the real deal?

Are "ergonomic shoes" and "ergonomic sandals" the real deal? 0

A lot of shoe and sandal companies claim to have "ergonomic" footwear. But maybe they're trying to pull your leg. Savvy shopper beware! Leather Care takes a look at the science behind ergonomic footwear. 
  • Alex Pop
How Footballs Are Made For The NFL

How Footballs Are Made For The NFL 2

The art of football has been making history since its inauguration in 1920. The NFL was formally known as the American Professional Football Association before they changed their name in 1922. With the constant progression of the game in the following years, the NFL made the decision to join forces with the American Football League (AFL) in 1966
 
In January of 1967, America had the privilege to watch the very first Super Bowl. 51 years later and with 32 highly talented teams, the expansion of the NFL is clearly evident and the progression of American football is still continuous. But there is one thing that hasn’t changed since the time of the very first Super Bowl kick-off, and that’s its official football supplier.

 

A Small Business Transformed Into A National Supplier

If you’re a dedicated football fan, you probably know that Wilson Sporting Goods has been the national supplier of the NFL footballs since 1940.
 
What you may not be aware of is the partnership that was formed by the Horween Leather Co. with Wilson Sporting Goods to supply the leather that the NFL footballs consisted of.

 

A Quick History Lesson

Back in the 1930s, the Horween Leather Company was a family-run business located in Chicago that was well knnown for producing high quality leather, including Shell Cordovan. Shell Cordovan is a leather that is commonly used in the production of upscale shoes, gloves, and wallets.

One day, the Horween brothers came acquainted with George S. Halas, the owner of the Chicago Bears. In the same time period, Wilson Sporting Goods, who was also based in Chicago, began their production of hand-sewn footballs.

With the help of Halas, the owners of the NFL agreed to allow Wilson Sporting Goods to be their official football supplier in April of 1940. Though Wilson would be the supplier, Horween Leather Co. would produce their high-quality leather for the footballs that met the NFL’s strict requirements.

 

From The Factory To the Field

To produce the perfect quality of leather for a football, The Horween’s had a specific process.
  • First, the all hair was removed from the leather.
  • Next the leather entered the tanning phase
  • Once tanning was completed, the leather would be cut into the appropriate size.
  • Then the leather would go through another tanning phase
  • After final tanning, oils and waxes would be applied to the leather as a sealant.
  • The leather is then stamped with the infamous pebble texture and sent off to the Wilson Sporting Goods' plant.

In only 3 days, the factory workers at Wilson will turn that leather into a ball perfect for gameday.

 

Leather Care Supply Has The Products To Keep Footballs In Top Shape

At Leather Care Supply, we provide a multitude of products that will ensure your footballs stand the test time. We also carry quality leather shoe care products, leather dye, and a variety of foot care products.
  • Lyubov Izotova
5 Ways to Care for Leather Shoes

5 Ways to Care for Leather Shoes 0

Garry Izotov, owner of Leather Care Supply, and the leather gurus from Chamberlain's Leather Milk team up to bring you 5 crucial tips you need to know to help your shoes go the distance! 
 

You can preserve and protect your leather shoes by:
 

Add a Protective Insole to take the pressure off of your shoes; use a thick insole for thin socks, and a thin insole for thick socks.

Use a Shoehorn to slide your heel seamlessly into your shoe, saving the shoe's spine from havoc. A broken shoe spine is about as bad for your shoe as a broken spine is for you.


Rotate your Shoes at least every other day - feet get sweaty! As much as ¼  cup can build up inside your shoes during this time. If that doesn't ick you out, know that your shoes will be icked for sure.


Invest in a Shoe Tree to maintain the integrity of your leather, and absorb moisture from your shoes. Not only does this remarkable device help your shoe maintain its shape, it keeps your shoes smelling fresh, free from insects, and dry!


Maintain your Shoes. Shoes get dirty. Clean them with a damp rag every now again to ensure they don't get too dirty. If your shoes are made from leather, they can take more of a beating than most other shoes, but they will also need some help to keep pristine. Give them leather conditioner and restore lustrous color. Capture that old patina with protectors and preservatives to guard and restore that beautiful color you know and love for years to come.


 

  • Alex Pop
A Shoe Cleaning Brush Is A Great Accessory

A Shoe Cleaning Brush Is A Great Accessory 0

A shoe cleaning brush is one the most important shoe care products you should have in your arsenal. But what brush is right for you and your shoe library? In this article we show you on the different types of shoe cleaning brushes available. 

 

 

The Horsehair Brush

 

When most people think of a shoe cleaning brush they think of a horsehair brush. These brushes come with a wooden handle, and thick horsehair bristles that allow the shoe to be buffed and shined. The hardwood handle is about 6 inches in length and feels sturdy in your hand. Some horsehair brushes come with a curved handle that are great for ergonomics, allowing you to shine with both volume and precision. Horsehair bristles have the body to clean and polish the leather to a smooth polish without marring the surface. Look for solid hardwood and natural horsehair as these brushes are the most durable.

 

 

Nylon Suede Brushes

 

These brushes are used for suede and nubuck shoes. Smaller than the horsehair brush pictured above, the handle of nylon suede brushes can come in plastic or wood. More importantly, the bristles are made out of nylon, a softer material, to be used for general cleaning applications. They can be used on leather boots to remove dirt and caked mud, but in these circumstances the horsehair brush would be more effective. Their primary purpose is to clean suede and nubuck shoes.

 

 

Brass Brushes

 

Once you’ve cleaned your suede shoes with a nylon brush, use a brass brush to raise the nap. These products can also be used in conjunction with a suede eraser to restore the suede’s nap. These hard wire brushes are also great around the house for cleaning tough stains - just be sure to wash them well before using them again on your suede shoes. 

 

 

Heavy Duty Boot Scrubbers

 

For big cleaning it may be time to rely on a heavy duty boot scrubber. These products keep dirt and mud out of your home and off your floors. They are ideal for cleaning work boots and athletic shoes that would otherwise track grime into the house. Stiff scrapers on the bottom and sides clean the shoe thoroughly. 

 

 

Combination Hits

 

Combination items, like the pictured shoe cleaning brush/shoe horn composite are a valuable tool in any shoe care kit. The double headed brush has a soft and hardside, while the handle itself is a shoe horn. A shoe horn is used to elegantly enter into a shoe without crushing the heel-cap on the way in.

 

 


Some people like to have different brush sets for different colors, although a well washed, quality brush can be used for all sorts of leather accessories. Suede and nubuck shoes have qualities that require them to get special care so be sure to use the appropriate brush. For your full 
shoe cleaning kit needs, look to Leather Care Supply.

 

 

  • Alex Pop