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How To Shine Your Shoes Like A Soldier

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Historically speaking, the US military is known for many things. When it comes to uniforms and militant attire, one thing stands out more than the rest; one thing that most everyone can associate with: shoe shining. Before going on a date, heading to the office, or attending a client meeting, be mindful of your shoes, as footwear can make or break an outfit and is a true game changer.

Nothing says ‘put together’ like a shiny pair of leather shoes or boots. Besides making them look vibrant, shining your shoes actually works to preserve their condition, making them last longer. With the right products and technique, you can have the shine of a soldier shoe. Your leather shoes are an investment which means you should also consider investing in the upkeep of them as well.

The Shoe Shining Process

What you’ll need:

  • A tin of wax polish
  • A horsehair shine brush
  • Shoe polish brush (applicator)
  • Cotton balls
  • Shine cloth

Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process in shining your shoes. Partaking in routine shining will ensure that your dress shoes have a near mirror shine.

Step 1

  • Locate an old washcloth or towel that you no longer intend on using. This will act as your working area, separating any accidentally spilled product from coming in contact with your floor. Shoe cleaning and conditioning products can drip so the towel will keep your working surface clean.

Step 2

  • Wipe off all noticeable dust as well as debris from your shoes/boots with a damp rag. You can also feel free to use a soft bristle brush. Let them air-dry before you move onto the next step.

Step 3

  • Take your shoe polish and put a generation amount of it onto your shoe brush. Match the polish according to the shade of your boots/shoes. Make sure to cover the entire shoe, getting down into the stitches and seams as well. Let 15 minutes for polish to completely dry before the next step.

Step 4

  • Take the horsehair shoe brush and brush the entire shoe in circular motions. This is intended to take off all excess polish that has not penetrated the shoe so that it does not rub off on your clothing.

Step 5

  • Use your discretion to decide when the remaining polish has been rubbed off. Take a lightly dampened cotton ball, dip it in the same polish, and rub it on the heel as well as the toe of the shoe or boot in a circular motion. These parts of the shoe get the most wear and tear so you want to be sure they are properly protected. Repeat this process until the desired shade is achieved.

Regular Maintenance Is Key

 

Maintaining your leather shoes with a routine military-style deep conditioning treatment will ensure a lasting shine and longevity of your shoes. It’s always beneficial to rid your Regshoes of obvious marks and scuffs in order to preserve their look and appeal. The nature and condition of your shoes are often reflected by the care, time, and effort you put into ensuring they are taken care of. Taking care of your leather shoes may seem obvious, but if you don’t use the products properly, you run the risk of swirly circle marks on your shoes which ultimately make them look unkept. Using the right products in conjunction with the proper technique will reveal a shoe that is unparalleled in shine.

 

When you are not wearing your leather shoes, you’ll want to be sure they are ready to wear when you are. In order to keep them looking good, store them in a cool place - keeping leather shoes near a window or vent will dry your shoes out. Insert a shoe tree in each shoe so that they maintain their shape until next use.

 

The quality of your outfit is complete with a polished pair of shoes. Just as a soldier spends much of his time ensuring that his boots are clean and shined to absolute perfection, you must also follow in his footsteps, or shall we say ‘bootsteps’, in order to achieve the same level of shine.

4 Ways To Protect Your Leather Shoes From The Rain

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The rainy season brings to mind images of frolicking in puddles and dancing in the rain. It also brings a disagreeable environment for owners of leather goods. These challenges are magnified if the leather accessories you wear happen to be on your feet. By being closer to the ground, your favorite shoes are the first victim in the case of rain, mud, slush and snow. Today we guide you on preparing leather shoes for the wet season.

 

  1. Know Thy Leather Type

Before we can take care of our shoes, one must be aware of the type of leather that is used in its manufacturing. “Leather” is a broad and general term. There are all sorts of skins, tanning methods, and treatments that distinguish one type of leather from another. Whether you are wearing roughout, pull-up, suede or cordovan, it helps to know the type of leather that makes up your shoe - that way you’ll be equipped with the information that will ready you for the storm ahead. Wet weather can be devastating for leather shoes, and using the wrong type of leather water repellant can cut the life of your products short.

To check what type of leather your shoe is composed of look on the inside tag that lists the size of the shoe. You should be able to see there. If this information is not written, or if your shoe has no tag, click here for more information on the various leather types produced throughout the world. In addition, you can always go into a store that sells leather goods and ask a knowledgeable associate what type of leather you’re dealing with. Suede, for example, acts differently than other shoe types and is a type of shoe that isn’t as resistant to moisture - than say shell cordovan or calfskin.

 

  1. Air Dry Wet Shoes

Now that you know what type of leather make up the composition of your shoes, it is time to learn how to properly take care of them. The first step to leather shoe care maintenance is to let the shoe breathe on its own time; this is the best leather protectant. Let your shoes dry naturally.

Do not make the mistake of using artificial heat, such as a hair dryer, on your delicate leather. The artificially inflated temperature will dry the shoe to an extreme degree. You will have removed the outside moisture, yes, but the extreme heat caused by the blow-drying process will also remove the naturally set moisture inside the leather soles. In turn, this may cause the material to crack. These cracks are both unaesthetic and also also compromise the integrity of the shoe. What’s worse, you may not even notice these cracks until it is too late.

Never use high heat in combination with artificial methods to dry leather shoes. It is better to air dry them under the outside air or inside the house next to a fan.

 

  1. Polish Shoes to a Shine

Besides making your shoes look good, a regular dose of shoe shine will make your leather last in the precipitation. Add shoe polish to your clothing routine in order to replenish the natural oils found in leather hide, and add a dazzle to your overall look. First, choose the right type of polish for the given shoe, taking into account leather type and color. Then, be sure to follow the instructions on the given shoe polish you choose, paying attention to application methods and shoe-shine best practices. For the most part, you may take a small amount of polish, apply it to a soft cotton cloth, and gently rub onto the shoes in circular motions. Not only will your polish keep you looking dapper, but the polish will restore some of the water resistant properties of your shoe, providing a clear barrier between you and the outside rain. To do this, we recommend the easy to carry Cadillac Classic Shine Sponge for neutral colors, Kiwi Honor Guard for black shoes, and Lincoln Stain Wax for shoes in brown, mahogany and red.

 

  1. Avoid the Mud

Mud will not only make your leather shoes dirty but will stick and not let go, causing far more damage over time. The rainy and monsoon season is the time when you really need to take care of your shoes and keep them away from incoming splashes of damp mud. Hardened mud that forms on leather does not allow it to breathe. The mud, when not cleaned, will seep into the fibers of the leather and attach itself to the molecules that make up the lining of the shoe. If you must go mudding, a leather protector like Sno Seal Bees Wax should be applied on the exterior of your shoes. This leather protector (which also serves as a leather water repellant) fills the follicles of the leather, soaking deep into the grain of the leather. It does not interfere with the natural breathability of the material, and it will act as a barrier preventing semi-solid buildup.

Clumps of mud that form on your shoes should be removed as soon as you get home. You may choose to remove the mud once it has dried, peeling it off in clumps, or you may prefer to use a cleaner while the shoes are still somewhat wet, and get to the source of the damage quicker. No matter what you choose, remember that Leather Care has your back. We believe leather is a beautiful material - one that stands the test of time when cared for properly.

There you have it, four tips to protect your leather shoes from the rain. We hope this advice serves you well during the rainy season. Keep those leather shoes shiny with more leather care tips from our blog!

How To Maintain Leather Furniture

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What better way to make your house feel like a home than with the addition of a few great pieces of leather furniture? It can definitely be an investment, but if taken care of properly, leather furniture can last for years.
We, at Leather Care Supply have put together a few pieces of advice on how to maintain your leather furniture. If you follow the tips and tricks listed below, your furniture is guaranteed to look like it was just brought home from the store

 

What You Should Be Doing

Cleaning and Conditioning
Similar to hair, leather needs be cleaned and conditioned in order to look its best.
Over time, leather furniture accumulates body oils, perspiration, dirt, and more. Even if you can't see impurities on your furniture, you can bet its there.
The best thing you can do to rid your furniture or dirt, grime, and stains is to clean and condition it weekly. We have a variety of leather furniture conditioners and cleansers to choose from at Leather Care Supply, our most popular being the Apple Brand Leather Care Kit.This kit will supply you with a cleaner, conditioner, and cleaning cloth that is easy to use and made for all types of leather. First, use the cleaner to wipe away all the unwanted dirt and stains. Once dry, finish with the conditioner to give your upholstery a look of rejuvenation.  

 

Cover It Up

If you’re not a fan of cleaning and conditioning your leather furniture or simply don’t have enough time in the day, consider covering your upholstery with a sheet.

When you are not using your furniture, keeping it covered is the best way to protect it from collecting dirt and dust. A lightweight sheet can also preserve the original color of your furniture by shielding it from the sunlight. As beautiful and aesthetically pleasing as it is to have a room that is lit perfectly by the sun, its effects can also be damaging to your leather furniture by drying and fading it out.

 

Dust Frequently

During your weekly cleaning, give your furniture a once over with a dust rag. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, pull out the vacuum and work in between and under the cushions to get rid of any hidden crumbs or dirt and dust particles.

 

Don't Do This

The worst thing you can do to your leather furniture is neglect. If you don’t properly care for your leather furniture, it will not last half as long as it would if you maintained it regularly.

 

Forget To Check

You should never forget to conduct a spot check before using a new cleaning product on your leather upholstery.
 
If you forget to check, you are risking the chance of further staining your leather. To avoid discoloring your furniture, test out the new product on an area of the leather that is easily hidden from plain sight, like the back bottom corner. Let the product settle for a few minutes and check to see if it had any negative effects on the leather.

 

Let Stains Settle

 

If you accidently spill any liquids on the upholstery, clean it up immediately. Simply use a damp cloth to blot away the stain.

Unfortunately, a wet cloth won’t fix a grease or oil stain. We recommend using Saphir Reno Mat Leather Cleaner and Stain Remover for any tough stains.  
If you follow these simple rules, your leather furniture will last you a long time. We, at Leather Care Supply, have all the products you need to keep your furniture looking its best.

Diabetic Foot Care Tips For The Winter

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Winter is a cold merciless season that forces us to turn up the heat, pull out the blankets in an attempt to keep all the warmth from getting sucked out of our bodies. For those who live with Diabetes, it is the most dreaded season of them all.
Numbness and decreased circulation throughout the body is a common and dangerous side effect of winter’s frigid temperatures. In diabetic patients, this side effect is even more severe and leads to a higher risk of ending up in the hospital with foot ulcers or infections. With winter rearing its ugly head, it is time to take the appropriate steps towards proper diabetic foot care. Follow these tips to keep your feet healthy and infection free this season. 

 

Inspect Your Feet Daily

Doctors advise patients with diabetes to give their feet a once-over every single day. But what are you looking for?

Scan over your feet for any changes in color, breaks in the skin, and calluses. Your first sign of infection will be any discharge and changes in odor. Once you’ve given your feet a good and thorough inspection, take out any old socks you’ve worn and look for any stains. If you notice any differences in your feet, the first person you should call is your doctor.

 

Wear The Right Shoes

Proper diabetic foot care starts with the shoes you put on your feet.

When preparing for the winter, be sure to buy winter boots or shoes that give you all around coverage. These shoes/boots should provide your feet with warmth, protection from water and snow, and have enough padding and room to keep your feet comfortable. Once you’ve found the perfect boots for the winter, wear wool socks to keep your feet warm. 

Even though snow boot and shoes are made to withstand the elements of winter, it is advised to steer clear of excessive amounts of puddles formed by melting snow. No matter how high-quality of a boot you have, you are still risking the chance of getting damp feet. If this happens, change out of your wet socks as soon as possible and examine your feet for any discoloration. The last thing you want is for bacteria to fester.

 

Moisturize and Massage Your Feet

Anyone living with diabetes knows that their damaged nerves can lead to poor circulation. But did you know that poor circulation can lead to the deficiency of your moisturizing glands located in your feet? Due to this, your feet have a harder time of staying hydrated and are more likely to develop dry, red skin which can lead to skin breakage and ultimately an infection.

After each shower, break out your favorite moisturizer and give your feet a mini-massage. Be sure to moisturize every day and thoroughly rub all the lotion in. By giving yourself a mini-massage, you are helping stimulate better blood flow in your feet.

While you’re at it, pull out the nail clippers and give your toenails a good trim. If you let your toenails grow too long, you risk getting an infection under the nail.

 

Avoid Any Extra Types of Warming

In the winter season, it is so easy to want to turn the water on steaming hot and soak your cold body in. But for diabetic patients, this is a big no-no. Due to nerve damage caused by diabetes, it is recommended that patients stay clear of any extra efforts to keep their feet warm. Electric blankets, hot foot soaks, heating pads or even sticking your feet by the fire is considered risky.

 

Monitor Blood Sugar Levels

Finally, the best way to take care of your diabetic foot problems is to carefully monitor and control your blood sugar levels. If you can keep your Diabetes under control, then managing your foot care needs will be even easier. Eat healthily, watch your weight and avoid smoking for an all-around better lifestyle.

 

Leather Care Supply Has Your Feet Covered

We carry a plethora of diabetic foot care products. 

If you are looking for something to stimulate the circulation in your feet or something to help ease your soreness, you may want to try the Foot Rubz Foot Massager.

Another product great for stimulation circulation is Leather Care Supply’s Orthosleeve Compression Foot Sleeve. The compression sock is made to press the veins in your foot to promote better circulation.

Leather Care Supply also carries a selection of quality foot lotions, creams, washes, and soaking crystals that are beneficial for diabetic foot care needs. For more added comfort in your shoes, Leather Care Supply has an array of foot petals, arch supports, and insoles that fit comfortably in your shoes and are fit for any occasion. 

How To Care For Patent Leather Shoes

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Leather vs Patent Leather

Leather is made from animal skin that has gone through the tanning process. The tanning process involves soaking the skin in an acidic solution that helps soften and preserve it at the same time. Depending on the purpose of the leather, it can be dyed during the tanning process to many different colors. Some popular leather colors are tan, brown, white, gray, and red. Most of the time, leather is created for different styles of clothing, shoes, purses, gloves, upholstery and even book bindings.
 
Patent leather, like standard leather, goes through the same tanning process as well. However, once the tanning process is complete and the leather is formed into a specific product, it is coated in either a plastic, varnish, or a lacquer finish that gives it a noticeable shine. Most of the time, patent leather has a smooth glossy finish, but it is also able to be embossed in different textures. Patent leather is most commonly used for belts, dress shoes and purses.

4 Simple Steps To Care For Patent Leather Shoes

Patent leather cares differs a bit from standard leather.
If you have a pair of patent leather shoes that desperately need some TLC, here are four quick and easy steps you can follow for any of your patent leather care needs.

 

Step 1:

Use a damp cloth and carefully wipe away any dust or debris left lingering on your shoes. Cleaning away any dust or residue is important because it allows the cleanser (Step 2) to do its job properly

 

Step 2:

Use a patent leather cleaner and apply a thick layer to your entire shoe. Try out Cadillac Boot & Shoe Leather, Patent & Vinyl Cleaner Protector for a cleanser that gives the patent leather a deep, smooth, and clean finish.
If your black shoes are scratched or scuffed, use Monesyworth's Best Brillo Liquid Wax Instant High-Gloss Finish Shoe Shine. This cleaning cleanser is perfect for eliminating any scuff marks and restores color and shine for your black shoes. This cleanser is also available in a neutral tone and both are supplied with a chamois cloth for cleaning.

 

Step 3:

After applying the cleanser, allow it to dry for 3 to 5 minutes. A white film may become visible on your shoe but don't be alarmed, it’s all part of the process.

 

Step 4:

Last but not least, use the chamois and buff your shoe. By buffing it, you are cleaning all of the dried cleanser off and turning it into a high-gloss shine. There is no need to add any polish to your shoe once it has been buffed. If you add any polish, you are risking the chance of ruining the glossy film that was originally painted onto the shoe. Buffing the cleanser will add enough shine on its own.

 
Cleaning your patent leather shoes is as simple at that.
A Leather Dress Shoe Color Guide

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When browsing stores or shopping online, one is likely to come across a variety of colors including Cognac, Oxblood, Marrone, Tobacco, and Nero.
 
As a consumer shopping for leather dress shoes it is easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of colors available. What’s worse is when you see a color of shoe you like, decide not to buy that pair, and then wrack your brain trying to come up with the exact color when it is time to buy.
 
That’s why Leather Care Supply created a comprehensive guide to leather dress shoe colors. This guide will teach you how to identify colors, how to pair them with a suit, and help you “step up your shoe game.”  
 
To become knowledgeable in shoe colors, one must pass four trials:
  1. “Beginner” aka Used Car Salesman
  2. “Window Shopper” aka The Graduate
  3. “Shoe Lover” aka The Boss
  4. “Master” aka The CEO

The Beginner

This beginner’s guide will give you the basics. We take it you learned these colors in grade school, so you’re probably not learning anything new. However, these colors form the fundamentals needed to understand the various complex shades that leather shoes come in.

In this Fiebing’s chart, you’ll notice some colors, like mahogany, beige, and burgundy. This longtime brand has serviced shoe lovers all across the world since the company was first founded in 1895. Shop Fiebing leather care products here!

 

The Window Shopper

At the second stage, it starts getting a little more complicated. We start adding in lesser know colors like Bark, Chamois, Goldenrod, and Bone. Pay attention or you won’t graduate!

Want to know how to shine these shoes, care for them, and make the investment pay off? Read the 6 Golden Rules of Leather Care and find out how to make your genuine leather shoes last decades with proper maintenance.

The Shoe Lover

The shoe lover (or Boss) has understood the art of the single tone shoe. A boss in both professional and work life, he radiates confidence wherever he goes. He may have started adding a suit or two to his expanding wardrobe.

You’ll notice that some of the more gaudy and flamboyant colors like yellow, purple and aqua green have been removed in favor of more conservative tones like tan, browns, and black. That’s because the Boss is managing people and will not likely close business when he goes into a black tie event or party looking like a pimp. At this stage you will be poised and prepared for the professional challenges ahead. One author famously said “Dress the part for all areas of your life." If you’re managing people you can’t afford to be doubted in your exterior demeanor.

 

The Master

The Master, or CEO probably has a shoe library in addition to a large collection of apparel. At this level of the game, appearance speaks volumes about a person. Therefore it becomes imperative to know the difference between colors like cognac, oxblood, marrone, tobacco, and nero. A great example of a company that really knows their colors is Paul Evans. Covered by Forbes, GQ, Esquire, and the Wall Street Journal, this company “Makes a $400 pair of shoes look like a bargain.”
 
Take a look through their Instagram to get inspired, and browse some of Paul Evans’ shoes below in order to learn about the contemporary “c-suite” colors available to the Ambitious Man. We’ve underlined some of our favorites!

 

One need not spend $13,000 for a pair of shoes in order to become a master of men’s dress shoes. With an eye for good deals and a little bit of elbow grease, anyone can step up their shoe game and graduate to the level of a Master. We hope this guide to leather dress shoes colors has been educational.
 
We’ll see you at the top!