Show Your Shoes Some Love!

It's nearly Valentine's Day, so three cheers for love! Here at Polished, we figured it was the perfect time to talk about some of the leather and shoe care products we use to show your shoes some love.

Best Cleaner - Fiebling's Saddle Soap

It's a classic for a reason...Fiebling's Saddle Soap is amazing for cleaning smooth leather without drying it out. Find it here!

Best Conditioner - Saphir Renovateur

Our personal favorite, Saphir Renovateur is a conditioner that gives your shoes unparalleled nourishment, keeping them soft, supple and glowing. Plus, it's water based, with no nasty solvents. If you're going to use only one product on your smooth leather, this is it. Find it here!

Best Polish - Meltonian Shoe Creams

In terms of keeping your shoes happy and healthy, cream based polished we prefer cream based polished over wax any day. With great conditioning, and an astounding number of color options, if you have a shoe, chances are Meltonian has a cream to match it. Find it here!

Best All in One - Bick 4 Leather Conditioner

If you're looking for an all in one cleaner, conditioner and protecter, and you prefer a more matte finish, you can't go wrong with this easy to apply product from Bick 4. Find it here!

Best Oil - Obenauf's Leather Oil

Obenauf's is actually rated #1 over all others for most complete leather protection. Since it's oil based, it can darken leather (although it will lighten some over time) but this stuff pulls heavy duty protection from the elements. Find it here!

Best Sneaker/Suede Cleaner - Reshoevn8r

Their tagline is: The Ultimate Sneaker Cleaner, and we think that's a fair assessment. Also excellent for canvas and suede. Find it here!

Happy Shoe Year!

Your best shoe covered foot forward!

Your best shoe covered foot forward!

It’s resolution time again. How about a resolution that is (relatively) easy to keep? Take care of your shoes! It’s not very complicated and your shoes will not only look better, they will last longer. You’ll save money and probably even have more friends!

The following steps can help you in this worthwhile endeavor.

Step #1: Shoe trees—Not just any shoe trees though, forget those awful plastic things. You want full cedar. Feet sweat, and your shoes are marinating in that stuff. Shoe trees wick away moisture and bacteria, which helps your shoes maintain their shape and protects them from rotting and cracking. And bonus! Your shoes will smell more like leather and less like stinky feet!

Step #2: Rotate—Shoes need time in shoe trees for them to be effective. Give them that time by having at least a couple pairs of shoes you switch between. Try not to wear the same pair two days in a row so your favorite pair can get some rest and relax back into its proper shape.

Step #3: Conditioning—Leather is skin. As soon as it leaves the cow it starts to dry out. The only way to keep it soft and supple is to put moisturizing agents back in. The best product for your shoes is going to depend on the type of leather (but that’s a post for a different day). The main thing is, you want something that’s going to nourish the leather without changing its original color or patina.

Step #4 Dress Appropriately—Winter weather generally calls for a thicker, preferably rubber sole. Dress shoes and heels sure are pretty but they are not meant to trudge through ice and snow, no matter how much weather protectant you spray on them.  Water and salt will not do anything good to your leather, so wear the right footwear out there!

Bonus Step: Schedule POLISHED to come to your office or event! It can be hard to remember to regularly condition and care for your shoes. We get it; life is busy and shoes can take a hard dive to the very bottom of your to-do list (or right off it).

That’s where we come in! Book us, and we will show up and breathe life and shine back into your shoes. Afterwards, you can spend that extra time you saved hanging out with all your new friends!  

I have friends!

I have friends!

Winter Shoe Care

Leather and snow aren't exactly friends, especially when you add in salt. So what do you do when the weather is bad and you want to protect your shoes? First and foremost, try to pick shoes with a thick rubber sole and avoid wearing nice dress shoes outside when the weather is bad. 

Sometimes wearing nice shoes in bad weather can't be avoided. So the first step is to keep them conditioned! A shoe that's dry will soak up all that nasty salt and water and quickly warp, stain and crack your leather. A nice layer of conditioning will help repel that stuff from getting to cozy inside your shoe.

If you do wind up with salt stains, you want to take care of them as quickly as possible, before they have a chance to create cracks and warping. The best way to do that is with a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and water, or for suede, full strength white vinegar. Use an old rag to apply the vinegar solution to the leather and allow to dry. Depending on how much the salt has embedded into the leather, you may need to repeat this process a couple times. I recommend keeping a rag and vinegar solution in your car or at the office, so you don't have to wait until you're home. 

Once the salt has been removed, it's important to get your shoes shined as soon as possible to restore the conditioning and eliminate dryness.