How to Take Care of Shoes the Old Way!

How to Take Care of Shoes the Old Fashioned Way!

Traditionally, taking care of shoes meant conditioning, polishing, waterproofing, and cleaning.

Shoe conditioners treat leather by restoring the essential oils that are lost through daily use and wear.

Shoe conditioners have been around forever.  Oils have been used to condition leather since medieval times.  The idea is pretty simple: leather needs to be lubricated to keep it supple and they need to be replenished occasionally.  A lot of different oils – such as mink oil or neatsfoot oil – have been used to do this.  The only problem: you need to spend your money on conditioners that JUST do this, then you need to put in the effort to CONTINUOUSLY do this for seemingly little to no benefit.

At times, I’ve wondered, “what am I even doing with this” while using them.  I know the entire concept back-to-front, but the practice of conditioning shoes and leather becomes tedious, time consuming, and all for seemingly little to know benefit.  Add to that the fact that most shoes are synthetic nowadays, and you’ve got a 16th century concept being applied to 21st century shoes.  That’s why after years of using them, it’s lost it’s appeal to me.

Shoe polishes add shine to shoes and repel water by applying a thick layer of wax using brushes, rags, and accessories.

Shoe polishes have also been around for a long time – since before anyone reading this’ parents were even born.  In the 1900s during World War I, soldiers first used wax shoe polishes to waterproof their boots in the trenches.  Again, there are a lot of different waxes used with varying degrees of adding shine, waterproofing, and even conditioning leather shoes.  But again, it’s an old technology applied to modern shoes.  Besides that, you’ve got something that requires you to buy accessories like brushes, sponges, and rags to apply it.  Besides being a real pain to apply, waxes wear off in as long it takes you to bump your shoe against something.  So, I find myself think, “what’s the point if it just comes off like that!”

Shoe waterproofers apply a microscopic layer of silicone and/or “nanoparticles” to repels water and liquids.

Ahhh, my favorite – waterproofing sprays!  The only product to be developed in the last century!  “What do they do,” you ask?  I ask myself that question all the time, because from what I’ve seen…NOT MUCH!  After getting over conditioners and polishes, I turned to silicones, waterproofers, protectant sprays, all designed to be “heavy duty” and use “nanoparticles,” “polymers,” and “space age technology.”  What happened to my shoes?  They got scuffed a couple days in, stained shortly after that, and in a few months looked like my “old” pair of shoes.  Great!  So I ended up asking myself, “so what did I buy that for again?”

Shoe cleaners break down and remove dirt, grime, and stains from shoes using chemical cleaning solvents.

Now, the last bastion of hope for people who love shoes becomes cleaners.  The only thing that may repair the damage dealt and remove the dirt accumulated on my shoes, right?  Okay, I buy that!  So, now all I have to do is keep my shoes clean by cleaning them.  A scuff here, a stain there, clean them off with cleaners, and they’ll be good as new, right?  Wrong.  If the cleaner doesn’t dissolve the finish of your shoes first, then it ends up not remove the scuff marks and stains entirely – which end up accumulating until they look old and beat up.  You must also take the time – all the time – to make sure to clean shoes when they get dirty and not a few days later when the dirt and stains have already sunk in.  In the end, cleaning doesn’t protect shoes and just delays the inevitable – that is, if you take the time to do it in the first place.

In summary, there’s a lot you can do for your shoes, but none of it even seems to be worth while when you have other stuff to do.

I work hard.  When I’m not working, I’m typically doing something with my family or friends.  When I relax, I like to relax, you know what I’m saying?  Why the heck would I want a combination of different products that I have to spend my money on buying and time on using to do just about nothing for my shoes in the end?  BUT, I want to keep my dress shoes polished and glistening for events and my casual sneakers clean and looking new for my leisure time – because, hey…I want to look my best, just like anybody else.  So, what am I to do?  Waste my time and money or look good…GREAT OPTIONS!  THANKS SHOE CARE INDUSTRY!

NOW THERE IS A PRODUCT TO HELP YOU KEEP YOUR SHOES CLEAN AND LOOKING NEW!

I call it SKUFF – or formally SKUFF Protective Coatings.  It’s a clear protective finish that you can apply to shoes to add an amazing long lasting shine, completely repel water and dirt, and even offer protection for shoes against scuff marks and stains before they happen.  In other words, it will keep your shoes clean and looking new for months, even years longer than they would otherwise.  That was my goal when I set out to create it, and that’s what I’ve accomplish through dedication and hard work.  Take my word for it, or try it and see for yourself what SKUFF is all about.

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