Why do we need shoe trees?

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If you have made an investment in a pair of leather dress shoes this fall and you want them to last, you will want to make an additional investment in a pair of cedar shoe trees.

Throughout the day your feet are perspiring and the leather and lining of the shoes are absorbing the moisture from your feet. They say that some people up to a coup of moisture a day.   After a while it will affect the shape of the shoe and begin to rot the inside lining. When you take your shoes off at night and insert the shoe trees they bring back the shape of the shoe as it was originally  and they wick away the moisture to keep the lining and the leather healthy.

To protect your investment and to keep your shoes comfortable as well as smelling good go online today at shoeshinekit.com and treat yourself to a new pair of Rochester Cedar Shoe Trees.  The Shoe Shine Kit has in stock   two styles of Men’s shoe trees to choose from.  They come in S, M ,L, XL and the sizing chart is on the order page.

Made in the USA.

 

 

Meltonian Shoe Cream and Kelly’s Shoe Cream

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Kelly-PicThere have  been some changes in the industry lately.  We have been made aware that the SC Johnson Company  will no longer be making the Meltonian Shoe Cream.    That has been a staple on this website and in our shoe repair shop for over 35 years.

In trying to find a shoe cream similar we have decided to  offer the Kelly’s Shoe Cream made by the Fiebings Co.,  which has been making shoe and leather care products since, 1895.  We already carry some of their products such as their Heel and Sole Dressing and their Saddle Soap.

The Shoe Cream polish  has a similar texture to the Meltonian and comes in many of the same colors. Hope you will give it a try and we love to hear from you so please let us know what you think.

 

Storing your winter boots and shoes.

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Even though we woke up to snow this morning on our first day of Spring I am convinced that warmer  weather is on the way.

Before you put your winter boots and shoes away don’t forget to visit the The Shoe Shine Kit for all the products you need to clean and polish them so they will be ready for you again when you need them.

If they are stained with any salt from the streets this winter we carry Fiebing’s Salt Stain Remover. It removes salt stains from leather and fabric footwear.

The other product I would like to tell you about is the Boot Trees.  They help your boots dry out well and keep them looking good from not folding over in the closet so you get that fold in the upper.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about caring for your leather goods.

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Tarrago Self-Shine Color Dye– Before and After

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We are always happy to hear from our customers especially when they have had  great success with one of our products.  This customer  was so pleased she said I could share them on my blog.   I appreciate her doing this.

She was using the Tarrago Self-Shine Color Dye to rescue an old ottoman and this was her email:

Janet,
I just want to let you know that I was absolutely astonished how well the
dye worked for us.  I’ve attached pictures of our leather ottoman that we
have had for 20 years.  The colors of a couple of the pictures are off color
a little, but they are the same piece.  You can see how many scratches were
from wear and tear.  We almost sold the furniture but first we wanted to see
if we could find a color dye that would work.  We chose #33 and it was a
perfect match.  We are now keeping the furniture and I will certainly
recommend your product!  Feel free to use any photos to show a “before” and
“after”.

VM

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Shine Butlers are not new

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JANUARY 6, 2016 — The New York Public Library has expanded access to more than 180,000 items with no known U.S. copyright restrictions in its Digital Collections database, releasing hi-res images, metadata, and tools facilitating digital creation and reuse.

We found this advertisement from this  collection. Click to enlarge.

There were two versions of the shine butler back in 1907. That is the date on the photo: Aug. 3 1907.   The one on the right is not longer made but was available  up until a couple of years ago.   The one on the left looks exactly like the shine butler that we still carry on our website today.

 

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Shoe Stretchers

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Shoes can be stretched for increased comfort.   A shoe repair shop can do this for you or you can do it yourself.

The Shoe Shine Kit sells stretchers for men’s shoes, women’s shoe and women’s high heel shoes.

The direction for using a shoe stretcher are simple:

Wet down shoes inside and out with the Shoe Stretch Solution. On cloth or suede shoes you might test solution on inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t stain the material.  Decide whether you need to use the bunion pods and either remove them or move them to the appropriate location on the stretcher.   Insert stretcher as far as possible into the shoe.  Start to crank the stretcher open, continue turning until pressure appears on the upper.  DO NOT OVERSTRETCH.  For best results leave on overnight.  If necessary repeat the process.

One shoe stretcher is all you need, you can use the same one for the left or right foot.  You can also purchase shoe trees to be inserted in your shoes while storing to keep their shape.

 

Fall Cleanup

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Fall is here.  It was 29 degrees this morning in Connecticut, more like winter, but the fall foliage is still with us and it did warm up a little during the day.

This is a sure signal  it is time to take a few minutes  and spruce up your winter shoes and boots and protect them from the elements.  Does your house need a shoe shine kit this year?   I hope you will take a look at our Classic,  Deluxe and Basic Shoe Shine Kits which come with excellent quality brushes and polishes and of course, instructions.

Don’t forget waterproofing too.   Treating your leather boots, shoes or bags  with Meltonian Water and Stain Protector after polishing or even when they  are  new will keep them looking good and lasting longer.    This Water and Stain Protector is excellent for finished leather and also suede.

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Tips for shining women’s shoes

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Tips for cleaning, shining  and maintaining women’s shoes.

  1. Shampoo shoes with Lexol PH cleaner or Lincoln EZ Cleaner to get the surface dirt off.   These are   mild  shampoos and will not harm the leather.   Let dry.
  2. For finished leathers, apply polish of corresponding color with an applicator or soft cloth. W e also have foam applicators available. Let dry to let the polish setup for about 3 minutes.  If you can’t find the exact match for color using Neutral will still  condition the leather and bring back or brighten up the  existing color.
  3. Brush with 100% Horse Hair shoe brush, have one for colored shoes and one for black shoes only. Brushing helps to distribute the polish evenly and get into difficult areas. Excess polish will rub off onto the brush and the leather will begin to shine.
  4. After brushing  thoroughly, buff briskly with  a Professional Shine Cloth to finish the process.
  5. Apply Fiebings Heel and Sole Dressing to the outside edges of soles and heels. Let dry thoroughly. This puts a nice finishing touch on the shoe shine. We also have Fiebing’s Sole Edge and Heel Polish which I find  is a little easier to use.

PATENT LEATHER SHOES:

Lexol PH cleaner applied liberally to patent leather cleans and makes them look shiny again. I also like the Meltonian Leather Lotion for patent leathers.

CLEANING WHITE SHOES:

As with shining any shoe cleaning with the PH Lexol Cleaner or the EZ Cleaner would be the first step.

We recommend Kelly’s Dry Cleaner for taking off the black marks on white shoes. It works great but remember not to rub too hard and take the finish off the leather. After cleaning use White shoe polish to restore the finish, condition, shine and protect the leather.

If the polish doesn’t cover completely  you can also use the Tarrago Self-Shine Color dye if necessary, that should cover.

WATER PROOFING:   And of course don’t forget to waterproof.  It  not only protects from the elements but from food and liquids stains. Better safe than sorry. Meltonian Water and Stain Protector is easy to use and won’t darken the  leathers. But of course with any shoe care product, always test first on an inconspicuous  area.

Thank you for reading our blog and   KEEP SHINING!