Boat shoes may be seen as an accouterment of a life of luxury, but from their non-skid soles to their admiralty brass eyelets, they're made for a tough life. Worn aboard a boat, they'll suffer soakings in salt water and paint being dripped on them, while providing a mariner the comfort of a moccasin and a steady gait on a slippery, moving deck. All they need is to be cleaned and shined when you come ashore.
Things You'll Need
- Clean rags
- Paint thinner
- Saddle soap
- Shoe polish
Unlace the shoe, remove the inner sole, and slip the shoe on to one hand.
Remove paint stains by soaking the corner of a clean rag in paint thinner, then scrubbing the area with the rag. Wipe the shoe down with water and a clean rag.
Use a clean rag to apply a very small dab (a quarter-teaspoon) of saddle soap (which is in a paste form) to the shoe. Dip the rag in water, then rub the saddle soap in a circular motion, overlapping each time. Use a toothbrush to scrub the seams and the welt (where the rubber sole joins the leather upper). This will remove encrusted sea salt and some oil stains.
Wipe the saddle soap from the shoe with another clean rag and dry the shoe.
Polish the shoe as you normally would. Any remaining stains are reminders of "that time."
Tips & Warnings
- Some people will judge you by the shine on your shoes, even after a thorough cleaning. But confronted with oil stains, perhaps a drop of paint, and brass eyelets that have gone from shiny gold to dull greenish brown, knowing persons will smile.
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