5 Care Tips for Moccasins

Moccasins are made from various animals hides and leather.

Moccasins can either be slippers or boots. They may be soft soled (indoor use) or hard soled (outdoor use).

This week, our blog post is dedicated to teaching you 5 tips on the proper care of your moccasin shoes.

 

Tip 1

  • The non-suede leather moccasins are to be cleaned with high quality leather cleaner or saddle soap.
  • Clean the leather in a circular motion by using a damp sponge into the cleaner to create a foam.
  • Using a clean dry cloth, blot the foam. A separate clean cloth is to be used to buff the leather.
  • Allow the leather to dry overnight before wearing.

Tip 2

  • Apply leather conditioner to soften and lubricate the leather and protect the surface from dirt and stains.
  • Moisten the sponge with the conditioner. Rub the conditioner into the moccasin in a circular motion.
  • With a soft dry cloth, buff the leather and allow the shoes to dry.
  • Reapply the conditioner after each cleaning.

Tip 3

  • Wash the moccasin liners with a mild shampoo or liquid soap.
  • Rinse off the shampoo and allow to dry overnight.
  • You can also hand wash the liners and allow to dry if they are removable.

Tip 4

  • If you wear moccasins outdoors, ensure to waterproof the shoes with beeswax especially if you live in a damp climate.
  • To soften the beeswax,place the beeswax in a double boiler and heat it over low heat.
  • Apply the softened beeswax into the leather working it in thoroughly alone the seams to ensure additional protection.
  • Allow the moccasins to dry. Then buff with a soft cloth.

Tip 5

  • Moccasins can be cleaned regularly by brushing the moccasins with a suede brush.
  • Rub the surface lightly with fine sandpaper or use a cleaning kit made especially for suede shoes.
  • Small stains can be removed with a suede eraser or a damp sponge.

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Cheatsheet for Every Shoe Owner

The basic care of a shoe though quite simple can be quite daunting at first.

Today’s blog post offers you a checklist you can always remember to ensure your shoes last long and serve you long.

  • Air Dry Your Shoes, Always

You shoes need a sufficient amount of air to “breathe” properly, just as your skin would.

Depriving your shoes of air leads to molding. A gentle reminder, never store your shoes in plastic, it drains the air out of the shoes.

  • Overheating Kills!

In our previous posts, we had suggested using a hairdryer to stretch your shoes. To ensure the shoes maintain their desired shape, heating must be avoided.

Never expose your shoes to any direct source of head even to sun rays. Always dry your shoes in the shade or air dry as much as possible.

  • Dry Feet Please

Aside from the myriad of health issues that aria due to damp/moist feet, wearing your shoes with damp feet isn’t advisable.

Ensure to properly dry your feet before you wear your shoes. Wet shoes mild easily.

  • Remember to Wipe

As soon as mud or various types of liquids come in contact with your shoes (especially leather) endeavour to wipe them off almost immediately.

This prevents the shoe from getting stained.

  • Avoid the Washing Machine

The proper cleaning of shoes have to be done by hand. Even the gentlest of cycles can be very damaging to the shoes.

Do not be tempted to clean your sneakers or canvas or mesh shoes in the washing machine. The machine damages the glue that keeps them together and makes the sole look worn out.

  • Wear One Pair of Shoes Less Often

Constantly wearing a pair of shoes damages the structure irreversibly. No amount of cleaning can correct this level of damage. Try to rotate your shoe wardrobe more often to elongate the lifespan of your shoes.

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5 Shoe Hacks to Prevent Foot Slip in Shoes

Imagine walking on the road and you are conversing with a friend and deep into the conversation, your feet pops out like a champagne cork  from your shoes. Embarrassing right?

If this has happened to you, take solace in the fact that many individuals especially women have experienced this footwear malfunction too.

This week, our blog post is centered on 5 tips to help reduce the slip rate of your feet out of shoes.

  • Line Your Shoes with Insoles, Cushion or Inserts.

Insoles ensures that your feet do not slide up or down while walking in them. If you do not feel comfortable using one insole, you can double up.

If after trying this hack and your feet still slip out, you can place inserts where the back of your heels touch the shoes. For sandals, place the inserts on the heel of the shoes as well.

  • Stuff Your Shoes

This hack is ideal for closed toe shoes. You fill the toe box with newspapers or fabrics that are not too harsh on the feet.

A properly stuffed shoe offers your feet no room to move forward or slip forward.

  • Attempt a Different Shoe Style

Rather than opt for heels that you may find so hard to walk in, you can go for pumps or other styles that offer you the height you crave as well as the comfort your feet desires.

  • Spray Hairspray on Your Feet

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Need your feet to stick to your shoes like glue? Try hairspray! Hairspray makes your feet sticky and helps to prevent your feet from slipping out especially from sandals. Yikes! No one like that.

If you want to walk properly in narrow heels or your feet are narrow, a can of hairspray is a must have on your vanity.

  • Use a Double-sided Tape

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This also prevents your feet from slipping. This hack has the same effect as the hairspray hack. However, people with very sweaty feet may not consider this hack as sweat and heat produced from the feet makes the tape to become less sticky.

To be safe side, always carry a pair of extra tape in the event of the tape losing its elasticity.

 

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Amazing Facts about Derby Shoes

Derby shoes are a type of shoes that are distinctly characterized by eyelet tabs which are stitched on the top of the shoe’s vamp.

Derby shoes also sport an open lacing style as opposed to the Oxford shoes that have the closed lacing style.

Here are some amazing facts about Derby shoes you never knew;

 

  • Derby Shoes were Originally Outdoor Shoes

 

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Derby shoes were originally used as sporting or hunting boots for the Victorian gentlemen. Derby boots were the sneakers for these gentlemen.

The shoe underwent a lot of evolution till it became an acceptable everyday shoe.

 

  • The Derby Design may have been Inspired by an Army Officer.

 

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The origin of the derby shoe isn’t so clear. The design of the derby shoe is said to be inspired by the Prussian officer, Gebhard Leberecht Von Blücher.

He created the open lacing style that led to the derby shoe. The open lacing style made the boots more manageable to wear during the war when compared to the heavy boots that existed then.

  • Derby shoes may have been named after an Earl.

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Another angle regarding the true beginnings of the derby shoe teacher back to an Earl- the 14th Earl of derby.

History has it that he was a man with very wide feet and found it so hard to find shoes due to his unique feet.

To solve his problem, his shoemaker designed an open laced boot to help him get on or off his shoes more easily.

This version, however, is one of the many stories about the true beginnings of the derby shoe.

 

  • Derby shoe has a number of confusing names

 

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Other popular names for this shoe are; the gibson or the blucher among many others. Note that these names just describe the style of derby shoes and not the true derby shoe.

A true derby has; an open lacing system, an exposed ankle, is made up of 2 quarters and had a vamp with a tongue.

 

  • Derby shoes are the most comfortable formal shoes

 

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The open lace system makes the derby shoes less limit than the other shoe types. Are your feet wide? Do your feet have high arches?

The best shoe choice to consider is the Derby Shoe.

 

Derby shoes are not as classic and formal as Oxford shoes. They are however the choice footwear if you intend to nail the relaxed formal look or casual look.

 

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Amazing Facts about Oxford Shoes

Elegance and style are what every gentleman intends to nail whenever they put on a pair of Oxford shoes.

Oxford shoes are considered to be the most formal of men’s shoe choices as the shoes have a design that is ever classic.

An oxford shoe is a shoe that has closed lacing system, is low heeled and also exposes the ankle.

Some amazing facts about Oxfords are;

  • The Name

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Oxford shoes trace their history back to the halls of the prestigious Oxford University. Legend has it that the shoes were developed in the 18th century by Oxford students who found them easier to wear than the high heeled boots that were in vogue then.

  • Oxford Shoes May Have Scottish or Irish Roots

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Some other version of the oxford tale has it that oxfords were indeed developed in Scotland as the Scotts named the shoe balmorals after the Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Oxford shoes are called Bals in USA and Scotland till date. Irrespective of its murky history, oxfords will always represent a shift from the impractical and often ornate men’s shoes of the previous decade.

  • Oxfords come in Various Styles

There are various styles of oxfords. They all have one thing in common though; it is a closed laced shoe.

The various types are:

Whole cut Oxford

Cap-toe oxford

Plain-toe oxford

Wing-tip oxford

Austerity Brogue Oxford

  • One Acceptable Lace Style

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The proper lace style of the oxford shoes allows it sit well against the clean lines of oxford as well as help distinguish the shoe from it’s cousin- Derby shoe.

The only acceptable way to lace oxford shoes is to always ensure that they are straight-laced so that the lace lies in neat horizontal rows across the shoe.

The quality of the shoelace also helps achieve this clear cut lace style.

  • Oxonian Shoes Birthed Oxford Shoes

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The first shoe produced by the students of Oxford University was the Oxonian shoe. It was a “half boot” that had narrow slits on the side replacing the buttons that were prevalent then.

Over time, the side slits were replaced with laces (on the side) and the side laces eventually ended up on the instep of the boot.

Other significant changes made to the Oxonian boot were the lowering of the heel and the height of the boot in order to expose the ankle.

 

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