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Tag: Shoe Care

Properly Box Your Shoes

Keeping your shoes stored properly not only saves space but also ensures your shoes will stay looking their best. There’s a very simple technique to keeping your shoes boxed properly, which we’ll demonstrate here. It might sound ridiculous but people get this wrong all the time.

For this demonstration we chose a pair of Edward Green Claverton’s in Dark Oak. Not all manufacturers use the same materials inside the box but the same steps apply for any pair. Edward Green happens to package their shoes very nicely. They use excellent packing materials and make a very good solid box.

The key is to lay the shoes in opposite directions, the first shoe with the arch facing down and the second facing up; that’s the way the boxes are designed to fit the shoes.

Lay open the covering.

Left shoe with arch facing down.

Cover the shoe.

Add protective padding if applicable.

Lay right shoe in the opposite direction with arch up

Cover again.

Lay Dust Bags on top.

Edward Green care guide on top of that.

And close the lid.

Of course not all shoes have cloth coverings and padding but almost all shoes have paper to layer between the shoes. Shoe trees can be kept in the shoes as well and if you don’t have cloth or paper to lay between the shoes keep them in the dust bags but lay them in the box the same way. It’s that simple….

Hot, Hot, and More Hot

It’s been over two years since we began publishing this blog. This was our very first post back in June 2008. Now that the summer is here it’s seems relevant.

When it gets this hot it’s tempting to wear your shoes without socks. I’m not talking about sandals or sneakers. I’m talking about “shoes” like the Church’s Grafton.

I tried it on Saturday, and didn’t get very far. For me relief came in a small box of Band Aid Brand, Blister Block strips.

Sure powder helps absorb perspiration but in this heat, not very much. What’s your secret to wearing shoes barefoot comfortably?

Tokyo Shine

A good friend and client wrote to me to share his experience at a shoe shine bar in Tokyo. If you’re looking for a great shoe shine in Tokyo this is the place to go.

On my recent trip to Japan, I received a fabulous shoe shine from the guys at Brift H. It was counter style, where you took off your shoes, had a drink and they shined your shoes on the bar counter. Anyway, I recommend that you try it, if you haven’t already, when you are in Tokyo again.

Thanks to Spencer C for sharing this with us. Good stuff, I”l definitely make it a point to visit next time I’m in Minami Aoyama.

The Dr. Will See You Now

Dr. Nick Valenti of B. Nelson Shoes has operated on some of the finest shoes imaginable. He’s the “Go to Guy” when the time comes to make the necessary repairs on your beloved-ed pairs.

In this guest post Dr. Nick shares his diagnosis about the life expectancy of your shoe parts. Trust me the prognosis is better than you might think. Just as is in health care, prevention is critical.

When to repair:

Over time your shoes will be in need of replacement parts. How to know when.

 

1.Heels:

 

High-grade shoes are made with either a rubber top-lift or combination leather and rubber top-lift. They are attached to the top of the heel base. The top-lift comes in various thicknesses depending on what the manufacturer chooses to use in order to obtain the correct balance of the shoe. Regardless, the lift (or heel) should be changed before it is completely worn out.

 

Look at the profile of the heel. You will see where the top-lift meets the base. The top-lift can easily be removed and replaced when needed. Try not to wear through the top-lift into the base before replacing the lift. If you do, this may require the repair shop to add a wedge to the worn out base. If not done properly, it may cause a wave in the heel, which will be uncomfortable to walk on.

 

When the rear outside border of the heel or top-lift is worn out to the approximate thickness of a dime, it’s time to replace it.

 

 

2.Replacing the Tips:

 

Although this is much less common, I have seen it enough that I thought it was worthy of mentioning.

 

Some have a gait that tends to drag the toe. That results in the toe of the sole wearing faster than the body which is under the ball of your foot. If this is the case for you then it may not be necessary to replace the entire sole when just the toes wear out. Just have the tips replaced.

 

If you continue to wear your shoes while waiting for the body of the sole to wear out you may be causing damage to the welt at the toe. This also leads to a more expensive repair when it could be avoided. When replacing the tips a reputable repair shop will sand down the sole approximately one inch down from the front of the sole towards the heel. He will then add a new piece of leather that is cemented and stitched to replace the worn area.

 

 

3. Soles:

 

Don’t wait until holes appear in your soles to replace them. When you see a hole that also means the foot-beds have been disturbed. Most repair shops do not replace and or level the foot-bed. They simply patch it. This will affect the comfort and feel of the shoe. Unless the entire foot-bed is removed and replaced, the shoe cannot be restored to it’s original feel. There are several ways that you can tell when your soles need to be replaced. Everybody wears differently so these are not in order:

 

 

A: Hold the shoe upside down, with your thumb, press down on the center of the sole. If it feels spongy or soft it needs to be replaced.

 

B: look at the profile of the shoe. Does the sole look particularly thin where it meets the welt? This is most commonly seen on the on the inside border but, depending on your gait, can be seen on the outside border.

 

C: Circular markings of wear. Generally when you see these on the bottom of your soles it’s time to replace them.

 

 

You can contact Dr Nick at:

B. Nelson Shoes 140 E. 55th St. New York City, New York 10022
Phone: (212) 750-0818 Email: mastercraftsman@bnelsonshoes.com

What’s More Important?

I was recently asked the question, “What’s more important a shoehorn or shoe trees?” That’s like asking what’s most important for your car motor oil, or gasoline.

In my humble opinion if this where a stranded on a desert island scenario I would say you are best to have a pair of shoe trees.

I do think that you should use a shoehorn when possible but if you are careful not to crush the heel counter of the shoes when you put them on they’ll be fine. On the other hand nothing will help preserve the life or fit of your shoes more than a pair of wooden shoe trees.

Lasted and sized trees made by the manufacturer are best if you can get them but if not the trees should fit reasonably well without being too large which will stretch the shoes or too small which will defeat the purpose of using them.

If trees aren’t an option, say for example due to travel you can substitute the day’s newspaper. Wad it up and stuff your shoes snugly. This is also recommended for shoes that are soaking wet. Stuff them full and if they have leather soles lay them on their sides to dry. Once they’re dry you can put the trees in.

One more recommendation is to be sure you rotate your shoes. Try not to wear them two days in a row. They need time to breath and they’ll feel much better the next time you slip them on.

Shine Time

We received more of the Edward Green polishing mitts. They’re great for travel, home, or work and are a great way to bring up the luster of your shoes. Lined in luxurious sheepskin and compact the best of both worlds, they also make a great gift.

EG Polish Mitts available in a wide selection of colors and leathers – $150.00