A Little Discussed Aspect of Shoe Care.

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by Flanderian, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

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    And that may be because it's readily apparent to all, but anyway . . . . :oops:

    While essentially only cosmetic (And in addition to the application of whatever balms and poultices you feel compelled to slather upon the hide. ;)) the top of the welt where it has those little ridges and joins the uppers steadily collects dust and occasionally other debris as well. This can easily be overlooked, but does a lot to degrade the appearance of footwear. So for many years an indispensible part of my gear is a worn-out soft variety toothbrush. Brushed along the top of the welt, it quickly and easily removes any dust, etc., and does a lot to improve and maintain the appearance of footwear.
     
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  2. SG_67

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    Thank you for posting this because I've been meaning to do just that but keep forgetting or putting off.
     
  3. RogerP

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    That's a solid tip.
     
  4. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur - Moderator

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    Good advice and so very well put! :thumbs-up:
     
  5. Flanderian

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    Great to hear from y'all!!! I been thinkin'! Hurricanes? No sweat!

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  6. RaulM

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    Lol
     
  7. Orsini

    Orsini Honors Member

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    That's a nice touch. And it shows attention to detail.
     
  8. Cassadine

    Cassadine Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    I've only recently begun to purchase seriously well-made shoes. However, I'm happy to admit that I did this type of cleaning even to my lesser shoes.
     
  9. drlivingston

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    Toothbrushes are indispensable in terms of detail cleaning on footwear. As you mentioned, they are especially good for cleaning exposed welts.
     
  10. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

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    And think of the time saved if you do it in the morning right before brushing your teeth! It's like Kramer's salad.
     
  11. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur - Moderator

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    Thank you, my friend. We were very fortunate. Irma came and like the big bad wolf she huffed and she puffed...but failed to blow down this "little pig's/eagle's" home, though the beast did blow down two of my trees and left our shrubbery looking decidedly battle worn and needing a good amount of future attention. We are getting on with the exterior clean up and are praying for those less fortunate. :hidden:
     
  12. Flanderian

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    Ah, that's a blessing!

    Sad about the trees, but all things considered, a real blessing. So fortunate that all are well.
     
  13. never behind

    never behind New Member

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    Glad to hear you are well. The place would be gloomier without your cheerful posts.

    And thanks for the handy tip, Flanderian.


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  14. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

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    I had expected Eagle might have built something like this for his shoe collection!


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  15. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur - Moderator

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    ^^
    Thanks to both of you for the kind thoughts and words, but if it's going to hold my shoe/boot collection,paraphrasing Roy Scheider from that iconic movie Jaws, "We gotta get a bigger boat!" LOL. ;)
     
  16. Chris Giakoumakos

    Chris Giakoumakos Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    Forgive my ignorance but why would a toothbrush be different than the brushing you give with the horsehair brush?
     
  17. sterlingindigo

    sterlingindigo New Member

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    Would it be necessary to condition or treat the welt with any sort of poultices?
     
  18. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

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    That's a good question. But without comparing the detailed mechanics of the two processes, the short answer is, it works better. I know this because I do both, and when I'm too lazy to get out the toothbrush which is packed away with the my other shoe stuff, the horsehair brush doesn't do as thorough a job. I'm sure it has to do with size, shape and bristles.
     
  19. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

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    Nope. But I'm sure someone would be more than happy to create and sell you "Welt Balm" if you insist! ;)
     
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  20. Slim Jim

    Slim Jim Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    A picture is needed here. So I know what part of the shoe is being addressed.
     

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