Oh so something like kiwi shoe polish which i use probably kills a lot of germs. THats good to hear. Than i might forget about using saddle soap which seems a bit troublesome.I think the purpose of using a little water on the uppers is just to remove dirt, and not to disinfect. Shoe polish contains stuff like turpentine which probably kills a lot of germs. But you do have a point.Shoes do spend a lot of time on the ground and move promiscuously from area to area. It might be an uidea to 'glove up' prior to polishing.
polish? I would agree. Some people dont like lines in their shoes though i hear. I dont think i mind too much about lines really as long as they are polished and clean.Polish.
Just in case any of the posters on this thread are still around:Yes. I'd like to quantify exactly what 'good' means in terms of characteristics that determine length of service. Had I bottomless pocket I'd certainly look at the $600 and upwards dollar shoes rather than the $200 to $400 but I do feel that I'd be paying for detail and luxury not necessarily durability.
Thanks for the update, though I'm not surprised. Well looked after quality tends to stick around!Just in case any of the posters on this thread are still around:
The Loake shoes that I referred to 12 years ago are still in service. Surprisingly, the best of a collection of five, a Thames from the 2nd tier Shoemaker range still look new. All topyed from day one.
I think so, but it's often forgotten.
Minor luxury. Spot on!I haven't forgotten.
Fifteen years ago I retired from a job that called for adult clothing. Where I now live, anything beyond Levi's and a work shirt is dressy. Nonetheless, weather permitting, I routinely wear leather dress shoes with Levi's and a chambray or flannel work shirt.
My first pair of Edward Green captoe oxfords in a light brown calf, after being resoled twice, is still part of the rotation. They look good and fit exceptionally well. They are at least 25 years old. I like them a lot, so I wear them more often than my other 15 or so pairs of adult shoes. They will probably outlast me.
Durability and value aside, wearing properly fitting, good looking leather shoes gives one much pleasure, and while a minor luxury, it is not ostentatious. It might be thought of as a perk that goes with having an office job.
My oldest pair is a pair of 35 year-old Church's.I have 45+ year old Allen Edmonds and 25+ year old Aldens still in rotation and on my shoe racks. Clearly the shoes are going to outlast me, so my response to the question asked at the beginning of this thread is...apparently forever!
Ahh . . . I've got it!The more pairs of high end shoes you own, the more "rotation" you'll have, and the longer they'll last.
So the spirit of thrift is best served by owning many, many pairs of high-end shoes.
Feel free to use this logic to explain purchases to spouses, etc.
To the disciplined, regular use of shoe trees I would add not making a practice of wearing the shoes on consecutive days. Allow your shoes to rest at least a day and preferably two days between wearings!Most important thing for extending the lifespan of a shoe is regimented use of shoe trees.
Very important!To the disciplined, regular use of shoe trees I would add not making a practice of wearing the shoes on consecutive days. Allow your shoes to rest at least a day and preferably two days between wearings!