On my daily commute to work, I often glance at peoples' shoes as they walk by. Some I admire, most I don't. It's not because I'm a brand snob. Truly, I'm not. It's because most people don't tend to the leather of their shoes. And for the businessman or women, it's an ensemble-killer. Yet, it doesn't have to be this way. A good shoe cream can cure your shoe-blues.
In this blog, I give 3 reasons why you need shoe cream.
1. Shoe cream will maintain or even enhance the comfort of your shoes
It's a hard life being a leather shoe in Australia. Our climate tends to range from dry and warm to wet and windy. At the time of writing, it's a clear winter's day in Melbourne; although, it has been quite a wet and wild past few weeks. When moisture, such as rain, absorbs into the leather, it will infact dry the leather out and this, in turn, will cause it to become brittle and begin to crease, or worse case, crack.
A quality shoe cream will restore the moisture of the shoe's leather and feed it important nutrients. Done consistently over time (I apply shoe cream once every two weeks), the leather will become soft and supple. The result is that the leather looks healthier and becomes more malleable to your feet.
2. Shoe cream will enhance the look of your shoes and leave a lovely mild shine
As mentioned above, the shoe cream will feed the leather important nutrients, which makes it look healthier. A quality shoe cream, such as Boot Black's Silver Line Series, will also contain a variety of waxes and pigments.
The wax in the cream will not be as concentrated as a 'wax polish', (so no high shine) but it will leave a lovely mild shine with a bit of buffing The pigment is designed to rejuvenate the colour of the leather, which tends to fade slightly over time.
On an aside, seeing how a lick of shoe cream can transform an old pair of leather shoes is a pleasure to watch (even if you're not a complete shoe-nerd like myself).
3. Shoe cream will provide your leather shoes with a layer of protection
Shoes get banged, bumped, bruised as apart of everyday living. If you're like me, you'll get trodden on in a tram. Or if you're like my son, you'll be kicking school gravel. The wax in the shoe cream is not just an aesthetic extra, it is an important element that protects the leather upper with a thin layer of wax. Admittedly, shoe cream will probably not help my son's poor shoes, nor will it provide the same protection as a wax polish, but for soft to mild scuffs (or tram rides), it offers a layer of defence and makes buffing them out much easier.
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