Boat shoes guide part 5

Boat shoes guide

Boat shoes guide part 5

Breaking in boat shoes, number 2:

If your leather is stiff, a good way to go about breaking in your new boat shoes is to get them wet. After all, they are meant to be worn around boats. Put on your shoes, get them wet and then let them dry wearing them. Others prefer to apply oil to their boat shoes until they are saturated. Then they wrap them in the newspaper and let them dry in the shade. The oil will soften the leather which in turn will allow you to break them in without the pain. The Chromexcel leather has already undergone this softening process with natural oils, so you can definitely skip that step. Bear in mind, though, everything you do to break in your new shoes is done at your own risk.

Taking care of boat shoes, number 1:

Like all shoes, boat shoes need to be taken care of, especially since they are often exposed to saltwater and the sun. To protect smooth leather from the elements, shine them with water-based cream shoe polish on a regular basis. It is the stuff you find in glass jars, not tins. Avoid liquid and quick-drying polishes that contain alcohol or silicone. Keep them free of dirt, dust and salt deposits. Use a brush to do this as required.

Taking care of boat shoes, number 2:

Suede boat shoes can be cleaned by sprinkling and massaging cornmeal onto the surface. Leave them overnight and then brush off the cornmeal. Use a brass bristle suede brush to realign the grain. Although some say your canvas boat shoes can be machine washed if they do not contain any leather, I would not do it. Much better to hand wash them with soap because you may destroy inexpensive boat shoes in the washing machine. Dry your shoes at room temperature and avoid direct heat or sunlight to prevent them from drying out and developing cracks.

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