As a person whom truly cares about his shoes as well as the state of others’ shoes, I have decided to find the best products in terms of quality or bang for your buck, in order to share with all of you the simply necessities one needs to maintain his/her leather footwear. Therefore, I offer you The Shoe Snob accessory range, consisting of shoe polish, mink oil conditioner, shoe laces, two different types of brushes as well as two different types of shoe trees. And soon enough, I will aspire to get some colorful socks up too!
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THE SHOE SNOB – Bee’s wax (with turpentine) based Shoe Polish
— At 100 ml (twice the size of a normal polish tin), you will find that this polish will last you quite a long time. To put things into perspective, I shine (predominately) black shoes all day long and it takes me about 3 months to go through one of my black tins, and I use a lot.
— They are bee’s wax based so that means that they will dry up if you leave the lid off for too long.
— Bee’s wax based polishes are the best for high shines, but will also dry up the leather if not used in conjunction with the renovator below. This means that you cannot simply apply new wax on top of old wax. You must first cleanse the shoe with the renovator, to allow the leather to condition itself.
— Colors currently offered: Black, Neutral, Tan, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, Red, Burgundy and Navy.
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Coloured Cream Polish
The colour in your leather is an added feature applied by the tannery that made it. This means that in reality it is not permanent and can fade away over time due to sun exposure, lack of treatment, excessive use of shoes etc. In order to maintain the leathersâ pigment, you will need to use a concentrated cream polish that helps to rejuvenate and therefore maintain its colour. The Shoe Snob Coloured Cream Polish will do just that, as its highly pigmented and cream based nature allows for a deep impregnation into the pores of the leather, not only to give colour back, but also to nourish it. Doing so with the welt brush, after applying the mink oil renovator and before the beeswax polish, this critical step will ensure that the colour of your leather will maintain its radiance.
THE SHOE SNOB – Mink Oil Renovator (100 ml)
— A cream conditioner that is used to maintain youthfulness in the leather much like a moisturizer on your own skin
— To use in conjunction with the shoe polish (applied before) or simply on it’s own as a rejuvenation to dry leather.
— Good for masking scuffs and scratches.
— Neutral in color which allows it to be applied to all colors of shoes.
— High in concentrate, which means do not apply a lot to one area. A little goes a long way and spread it evenly. Allow to dry at least 10 minutes before applying polish afterwards.
— Used for the same purpose as a saddle soap, but gets much better results.
Flat, Waxed Dress Shoe Laces – 75 cm
Flat waxed laces seem pretty hard to come by, particularly in color options that venture outside of black and brown. That being, when I came across a place that actually sold them, I figured that I would acquire a few in order to start selling them to all of you whom might find them difficult to find. The nice thing about these laces, apart from them looking lovely in a pair of dress shoes, is that when they become a bit old (and therefore no longer as flat as you would like), you can steam iron them to become flat again and thus like new!
Ribbon Laces – 80 cm
The Shoe Snob Ribbon Lace is a perfect added detail for formal attire. Affix a pair to your highly polished shoes to set yourself apart form the crowd. While the black version would be the ideal candidate, don’t be afraid to spruce it up a bit with either the navy or red options. You would be surprised just how well they can also compliment highly polished black shoes!
A good shoe tree is probably the single most important thing that one needs in order to preserve the life of their shoes. But that being, if you own them, it is necessary to use them at all times when you are not wearing your shoes, in order to prosper from their benefits.
The Shoe Snob shoe trees of made of beechwood, a wood much like cedar that absorbs the moisture that we constantly subject to our shoes. This moisture, if not treated properly will deteriorate and disfigure the leather of your shoes. Using shoe trees is the only way to counteract this from happening. It’s a small price to pay for a long term gain, particularly if your shoes are upwards of +Ł200.
As a recommendation, if you fall between whole sizes, I would size upwards for The Shoe Snob shoe trees. For example, if you are UK8.5, then I would go for shoe trees size 43 (UK9).
The Travel Man’s Plastic Shoe Tree
We all know that weight restrictions on flights these days is a bit annoying and ridiculous, but as we all don’t sit on the board of directors of the airline industry there is nothing that we can really do about it. That being, if you happen to be a gentleman who travels frequently, particularly on business, you have probably come across the conundrum of whether to pack your shoe trees or not. As every kg matters significantly, you probably decided not to, allowing for your spare pair of shoes to get squashed inside your luggage. Well, I thought of this terrifying sight and decided to do something about it by offering plastic shoe tree that probably weighs about 20 grams and allows for you to knock out two birds with one stone by protecting your shoes with trees without adding any significant weight!
As The Shoe Snob, I am here to solve your shoe problems, so you can thank me later đ
The sizing is in two sizes per tree. For example, 43-44. If you are a 44, you will want to get the 43-44 size, stick the shoe tree in (as the small size) and then use the size adjuster to make it bigger. Always put in and take out the shoe tree in the smaller size of the two that it comes in.
The Shoe Snob 6″ Shine Brush
A good horsehair shine brush is essential for any man’s shoe wardrobe. Whether you use it for brushing off dirt each night, buffing up a new or old shines, or strictly for cleaning, it’s an essential part of the maintenance process. Made from 100% horsehair, The Shoe Snob shine brush is the perfect utensil for maintaining a nice sheen on your polished shoes.
The Shoe Snob Welt / Applicator Brush
The welt brush is one of the most handy tools in shoe polishing. Without it, it would prove difficult to clean not only the welt and stitching on the welt, but also the sides of the soles and heels, parts that are often overlooked on a shoe but speak wonders about the elegance of the shoe. A dirty, unkempt welt/side of the sole is one of the most awful sites to see on a nice dress shoe, so it is important to have one of these nifty brushes in order to get into those hard to reach places. Use The Shoe Snob welt/applicator brush to apply the polish all around the shoe and sole, and then The Shoe Snob 6″ shine brush to buff it up, for your on-the-go shine!
Made of 100% horsehair.
As most of you know, I am always here to help so if there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email.
Justin, “The Shoe Snob”