Resources

Resources for repairing and taking care for your shoes. 

We are a family owned and operated Red Wing Dealer in San Marcos, CA, and we also special in shoe and boot repair, leather repair, and luggage repair. We service all of San Marcos, Escondido, Vista, Carlsbad, Fallbrook, Valley Center, and the rest of North San Diego County in California.

Resources

At Modern Cobblery™ we are all about proper care of shoes and we are sure you are too, specially if you have invested in a quality pair of shoes and you want them to last as long as possible. 
So here we have compiled some good tips to take care of your investment.


Investing a few minutes each month in shoe care is the best thing you can do to protect your footwear investment. Combined with regular visits to Modern Cobblery™, shoe care will significantly extend the life of your favorite shoes.

We have also included some DIY material if you so desire to do some work yourself.

We are sure you will have questions on how to care for your shoes along the process, so don't be afraid to contact us

 

Oil Tanned Leather-Red Wing Shoes

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Oil tanned leather is water, stain and perspiration resistant. It provides exceptional durability and performance. You can prevent leather deterioration by cleaning, conditioning and protecting the boots on a regular basis.

CLEAN: Always clean excess dirt from your footwear to prevent wear and drying. For general cleaning, use warm water, a clean cloth and soft bristle brush. For more difficult areas, use Red Wing Shoes' Leather Cleaner with a clean cloth and brush. Remove cleaner with damp cloth and allow to dry.

CONDITION: Proper conditioning helps preserve the finish and life of your footwear. Use Red Wing's All Natural Boot Oil, Mink Oil, or All Natural Leather Conditioner. You can apply these conditioners with your fingers, soft cloth or sponge. Below, you will find the recommended conditioner to use with each of our Red Wing leathers.

PROTECT: Add extra protection to preserve your footwear investment. Red Wing Leather Protector provides an invisible shield from water, dirt, oil and mud.

Smooth Leather

Many people think shoe care means polish shoes occasionally. Actually, it is slightly more involved than that. Caring for your shoes is a four-step process -- cleaning, conditioning, polishing and weatherproofing.

The first step in shoe care is to clean the surface with a leather cleaner to remove surface dirt, just as you would wash a car before you wax it. After cleaning, you should condition the leather. Conditioners soften and lubricate leather, keeping it feeling and looking new.

Once the shoes have been cleaned and conditioned, then it is time for polish. Polishes contain dyes and pigments to renew color and cover scuffs; waxes to provide shine and protection; and conditioning agents to moisten and renew the leather.

There are basically three types of polish -- liquid, cream and past. Liquids are easiest to apply, followed by cream and paste. Ease of application, however, is inversely proportional to wax content and the staying power of the polish. Pastes hold up the longest. Creams are easier to apply than paste, hold up longer than liquids and come in a variety of fashionable colors.

The final shoe care step is weatherproofing. Though polishes provide some sealing qualities, if you live or work in a wet, muddy or oily environment, the added protection of a weatherproofer is a must.

Smooth Finished Leather-Red Wing Shoes

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Full finished leathers have a smooth, polished surface that enhances the true beauty and quality of the leather. Featherstone is Red Wing's premium leather used in our Beckman collection. By hand-selecting only the finest hides, our master tanner produces leather that's not only beautiful but also abrasion resistant.

CLEAN: Always clean excess dirt from your footwear to prevent wear and drying. For general cleaning, use warm water, a clean cloth and soft bristle brush. For more difficult areas, use Red Wing Shoes Leather Cleaner with a clean cloth and brush. Remove cleaner with damp cloth and allow to dry.

CONDITION: Apply Red Wing Shoe Boot Cream with a clean, soft cloth. Shine the boot by brushing with a soft horse-hair brush.

PROTECT: Add extra protection to preserve your footwear investment. Red Wing Leather Protector provides an invisible shield from water, dirt, oil and mud.

Suede and Nubuck

The key to keeping suede and nubuck in top shape is preventative maintenance. Before you wear the shoes, protect them with a water and stain repellent designed specifically for suede and nubuck. As soon as you notice that water is no longer beading up, spray them again.

Use a plastic or rubber-tipped brush regularly to restore the nap and remove surface dirt before it sets in. Be gentle brushing nubuck. It is softer than suede and is easily damaged. With oiled nubuck, you need to use a nubuck conditioner to put back some of those oils on a regular basis.

If you get a stain on suede or nubuck, try to remove it immediately with a solvent-based cleaner made specifically for the material. Oil absorbing blocks are also available. These blocks abrade the leather to bring back the nap and remove stains. Use a less aggressive block with nubuck because of its more delicate nature. If you have a serious stain, you might be better off taking the shoe to your shoe repair professional.

Suede or Roughout Leather-Red Wing Shoes

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Roughout is a reverse suede leather. Use Red Wing Shoe Nubuck/Suede Cleaner Kit for Abilene, Mohave and Muleskinner leathers. DO NOT use leather cleaner for suede or roughout leathers as it can stain and change the texture of the leather.

CLEAN: Lightly rub the edge of the Suede Bar over the soiled area. For deep stains and marks, apply more pressure. If the stain or dirt still remains, wet both the Suede Bar and the stain with clean water and repeat rubbing action. Let dry, then apply Suede Bar to remove water spots. Brush up nap with Suede Brush.

CONDITION: For Muleskinner leather apply Mink Oil. Abilene and Mohave leathers require no conditioner.

PROTECT: Add extra protection to preserve your footwear investment. Red Wing Leather Protector provides an invisible shield from water, dirt, oil and mud. To extend the life of the boots, spray them with Red Wing Leather Protector before wearing them for the first time.

Athletic Shoes

If you have shoes with fabric or suede on the uppers, follow the steps just outlined for suede care. Leather uppers are much easier to clean. Sneaker shampoos with scrubbing applicators remove stains and dirt from the leather surface. If the shoes become scuffed, shoe whitening products restore the original color. Shoe repair professionals can also use a white spray dye to give a very good finish.

The big problem with athletic shoes is controlling odor. Because these shoes are constructed with foam and other man-made materials, they are ideal places for bacteria to live and grow.

Several deodorizing products are available including insoles, powders and sprays. find a product that absorbs the odor-causing bacteria and counteracts it. A product that simply masks the odor will not solve the problem.

Finally, you can keep your athletic shoes looking and feeling new with replacement parts. New laces do wonders for the appearance and new insoles are often better than the originals.

Leather Dying

Dying leather is an art, not a science. Variations in materials, conditions and artist touch will have a direct effect on the results. No two leathers will always accept dye with uniform results. 

Preparing the Leather for Dying: In the tanning process, various protective surface finishes are given to leather hides. This finish must be removed before dying. DEGLAZER is recommended for stripping off tanning finishes and making the leather receptive to dyes.

Applying the Dye: After the leather has been cleaned and prepared as recommended above, apply the dye evenly using a piece of wool skin, cloth, or a dauber. An alternative method of covering large areas evenly is to spray with a spray-gun or air brush. A second coat of dye may be applied if required. After dying, remove excess surface dye by rubbing briskly with a soft cloth.

Color Control: When changing from a previously dyed color, it is best to do it in two steps. First, neutralize the original color with an intermediate color. Then repeat the dying process with the final color desired.
For example:
To dye white leather black, dye it green or blue and then black
For white into dark blue, first weak black (4 to 1) then dark blue
For white into brown, first dye light green, then brown
For red into black, first green, then black
For white into bright red, first yellow, then red
For white into dark red, first tan, then dark red
Always let the first color dry before applying the second

Leather painting with Angelus Leather acrylic paint

Directions - Apply with a fine brush or sponge pad. Allow to dry between coats. Angelus Acrylic Leather Paint may be applied with a spray gun or air brush with help from 2-Thin. Allow to dry completely before wearing. Clean up equipment with soap and warm water. For scuff protection use one of our many acrylic finishers in all different shines. If a duller finish is wanted use Angelus Duller and mix into the paint. 

Caution - Some leather articles have a silicone finish applied at the factory, it may be necessary to clean these items with Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer or Angelus Dry Cleaner & Spot Remover. Silicone Treated articles may cause acrylic paint to not adhere correctly to article.


References to the information provided above are from the following sites:

SSIA: www.ssia.info/consumers/shoecare.asp
Red Wing Shoes: www.redwingheritage.com/care
Fiebings: www.fiebing.com/tips/a-guide-to-using-fiebings-leather-dye/
Angelus: angelusshoepolish.com/collections/paint