New Leather Shoes? 7 MUST DO’S Before Wearing

New Leather Shoes 7 MUST DO’S Before Wearing
[0:00:00] Congratulations! You just bought a new pair
of dress shoes. But, are they ready to be worn? There are some really bad advice out
there on how to prep your shoes before wearing. Oh, my goodness! Now, I get it. He’s trying
to create traction on the leather soles to prevent slipping. And that’s not the only
problem you got to deal with. New leather shoes, they don’t come with a water resistant
seal. They are susceptible to water and salt damage. And, let’s not forget about breaking
your shoes in. Failure to do this, you could have blisters all over your feet.
Tip number one. Wear your shoes around the house. There is no substitute for actually
wearing the shoes to truly determine if you have a good fit or not. The issue here is
if you wear them outside, you wear them on concrete, you’re going to scratch the sole.
And most companies won’t take these shoes back. So, the way to get around this is to
wear your shoes in the house on carpet, so you don’t damage the sole, but you could
very quickly determine how is the fit on these shoes.
All right. So, if you got a perfect fit, congratulations. But, what if you don’t have a perfect fit?
Now, if it’s a minor fit issue like they’re just a little bit too tight or maybe there’s
a hotspot over on the heel, you can actually fix some of these using heat, which I’ll
talk about in a second. But, if it’s a major concern like they’re a size too large, guess
what, guys? You can send them right back. Protip. Did you know different shoe companies
use different lasts a.k.a. the foot mold for their sizing? So, one company size 9 is not
going to fit the same as another company’s size 9. What I would focus in on is finding
a brand whose sizing works for you. Tip number two. Use heat to get rid of tightness
and hotspots. Now, when it comes to new shoes, they can be very stiff when you first start
to wear them. The way to get rid of the stiffness is to leverage the power of heat.
Use a hairdryer and run it over the shoes for a few minutes especially in the hotspot
areas. You’re looking to warm up the leather and make it more pliable. Putting on your
warm leather shoes, you should find that they fit a bit better and as you wear them throughout
the day, you’re going to find that they’re going to adjust better to your feet.
Next up. Create traction on your leather soles. So, at this point, you’re sure you want
to keep the shoes. Now, it’s time to deal with those slippery leather soles.
So, why even bother with leather soles? Why would you even want them? Leather soles, gentlemen,
are a sign of quality. And, historically, they are found on the high-end shoes in the
menswear world. Now, the problem with leather soles as anyone
who has ever fallen in them can tell you whenever you step on water, ice, they give you no traction.
Simply rough up the sole, you want to create a sole that actually is going to be able to
give you traction. Now, you don’t want to do this with a knife.
No, that damage the sole by cutting too deep into the leather. Instead, just use 80-grit
sandpaper and go over the sole roughing it up.
Don’t have any sandpaper? Well, let’s make this easy. Go out to your sidewalk, then
drag your feet around to create little cuts little grooves that are going to give you
traction. Still too slippery? You want more traction?
Well, gents, I got you covered. So, just go to your local box store, maybe your local
cobbler, or look online for rubber shoe grips. With a little bit of adhesive, these rubber
shoe grips attach to the bottom of your shoes and they will give you traction and prevents
you from slipping and sliding all over the place.
Next up, buy a shoe horn. So, did you know that most men put on their dress shoes incorrectly?
Yeah, they just shove their foot right in there and they damage the back of the shoe.
To prevent it from bending and deforming over time, you need to start using a shoe horn.
Now, when you’re buying a shoe horn, you’re going to see tons of options out there; 6-inch
plastic horns, 12-inch metal horns, 24-inch horns made from horn. Which one should you
go with? Gentlemen, it doesn’t matter just simply use a shoe horn and you’ll protect
the life of your shoes. The next tip, gentlemen, buy backup shoelaces.
Shoelaces seem to break at the worst time, minutes before that interview, minutes before
you’re about to go on stage and give the presentation of your life.
Gents, be prepared, buy backup laces. Whenever you buy new shoes, what you’re looking to
do is just make it easy for yourself in the future. Whenever you’ve got one lace that
breaks, you only have to replace that one, not worry about actually matching them up
because they’re made from the same manufacturer. Next on the list, buy cedar shoetrees. This
is the one piece of advice that most people ignore. And, unfortunately, it leads to the
premature death of their shoes. You see, your brand new dress shoes, they may look beautiful
now, but they’re not going to stay that way if you don’t take care of them.
Cedar shoetrees are amazing because they help your dress shoes to maintain their natural
look when you don’t wear them. You see, when you wear dress shoes, you sweat in them,
you reshape them whenever you bend them again and again. Shoetrees go in there and they
maintain the shape and they prevent creases from appearing.
[0:05:07] Gents, when you’re not wearing your leather
dress shoes and within hours of taking them off, you want to store them with cedar shoetrees.
They’re going to maintain the shape, maintain the look, maintain your investment.
Apply leather conditioner. So, leather conditioner is a lotion that penetrates the leather and
can help to make it softer. This is great by the way if you’re dealing with fit issues.
If the shoes are a little bit too tight, there are some hotspots, guess what? You can use
a little bit of leather conditioner to make the leather more malleable.
Now, throughout the life of your shoes, you do want to apply leather conditioner at least
once a season. Why? Well, if you live in a dry environment, let’s say the desert, you’re
going to find that your leather can become brittle. It can become too dry and crack unless
you put on a leather conditioner. Or if you live in a wet area, oftentimes the
water will penetrate and then leave, and when it leaves, it pulls out a bit extra and this
can lead to water damage. Leather conditioner will go through and actually prevent that.
Next up, apply a wax polish. Applying the wax polish to your shoes kills two birds with
one stone. First, it gives your shoes that lovely shine, catches people’s eyes and
gets you tons of compliments. Second, that thin layer of wax creates a protective
layer. When you get scuffs and scrapes, it’s going to be the wax that is scuffed and scraped.
And, it’s going to provide a thin layer of water resistance.
Now, when it comes to matching the wax color with your shoes, try to get them as close
as possible. If you can’t find anything that works, then go with a neutral wax. A
neutral wax is still going to provide a bit of shine and most importantly the protection.
Next, apply a water proofing spray. Now, that layer of wax does provide some protection.
But, gents, if you’ve got light-colored shoes if you’re running through the slush
and snow, no, you want more protection. What you want to use here, gents, is a silicone-based
water proofing spray. Now, before spraying it all over your shoes especially light-colored
footwear, make sure to test it on the tongue to see if it darkens the shoes.
After the test, using light strokes, you want to go ahead and spray the entire shoe. Let
the shoe sit for a couple of hours and then apply a second coat. You’ve now got a hydrophobic
layer all over your shoes to repel moisture. Now, when you buy dress shoes, they already
come pre-laced. Gents, what we’re looking to do what we’re looking to bring in here
is bar lacing. This lacing style creates a very sleek, streamlined, and dressy look that
works perfectly. Gents, check out this video where I show you
how to lace your shoes. [0:07:47] End of audio

100 thoughts on “New Leather Shoes? 7 MUST DO’S Before Wearing

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    What's the first thing you do when you buy new dress shoes? Let me know in the comments below!

    0:30 – Try them at home

    1:39 – Add some heat

    2:13 – Create traction on your leather soles

    3:30 – Shoe horn

    4:05 – Extra shoe laces

    4:32 – Shoe trees

    5:18 – Leather conditioner

    6:09 – Wax polish

    6:49 – Waterproof spray

  2. Excuse me, Mr. Centeno, but in case of attending a party with state heads, and it will be at evening, what should I wear Exactly?, I know its a tuxedo, but any specifications?
    Urgent, please reply.

  3. I amazed to know how they people ruines their shoe by cutting the sole with a knife. Its an investment and take care of them. When you wear it 2 to 3 time sole will automatically rubbed and slip resistant. What we have to do is just be extra carefull for first two or three wears then sole will be nicely rubbed by friction with the floor.

  4. antonio, i love your content, but i have several issues with this video.
    first of all, that leather sole protector you showed that was glued on to the shoe…it clearly isn't very thick because it created an extra, unnecessary layer on the sole which destabilizes your walk. it's much better to go to a shoe cobbler who can put those on professionally use thinner protectors to minimize height difference.

    secondly, you talked about wax polish in the video, and then you switched between wax polish and cream polish, but you didn't mention anything about cream polish. after applying conditioner, one should only apply wax polish after cream polish.

    and lastly, i personally wouldn't use any silicone spray on quality leather shoes. while you might water proof the shoe, you also risk hampering the leather's breatheability. i haven't seen any high end shoe care professionals who use water proofing sprays on their shoes, so i wouldn't do it either.

  5. Plenty of cheap and nasty cement construction shoes out there with leather soles. They are not automatically a sign of quality.

  6. Kiwi and silicone products are low quality. Saphir Invulner weatherproofing spray is the gold standard for leather and suede.

  7. Sand paper. Concrete and Rubber shoe grips for traction… I have just discovered fire.

  8. Antonio, when you condition your leather shoes the following season, do you remove the polish/wax first?

  9. We don’t drive around on leather wheels, or leather wheels that we stick rubber patches on. I get it that there was a time when rubber wasn’t available, so people had no choice. But any modern guy buying leather soles instead of stylish and safe rubber ones has more money than style or brains.

  10. Great Advice. I thought we would get a video from the conference since this the last one

  11. Just got myself a new pair of Allen Edmonds (based on your recommendation from a video at some point in the past) and definitely trying some of these tips! The shoes themselves fit so well, and almost feel like they're already broken in. I can definitely feel the quality.

  12. I’m disappointed in Steve Harvey. WTH was he doing!? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

  13. Ur videoes are always informative…. U r a library… Thank u so much for sharing ur knowledge with us.

  14. Antonio, liked all the steps that you covered. The only area that I am skeptical, is that I noticed you used the Kiwi brand to protect the shoes. Have watched shoe cobblers, and they suggest to stay away from Kiwi and instead use Saphir products. In other words, perhaps Kiwi for budget shoes, and Saphir for more quality build shoes, what say you?

  15. Antonio, long time watcher, 1st time commenter πŸ˜ƒ. The brand that I love and have had found works for me is GH Bass. Their shoes are very affordable, never really had to break them in and in my opinion they are good quality. And they don’t pay me to say this πŸ˜„. I’d like to know if you’d recommend that brand. Thanks for all your hard work, great video! Enjoy your extra day this year gents! God Bless!

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  17. To perfectly fit new shoes wait for a heavy rain, put the shoes on and go outside to play football (soccer) with friends. Makes it perfectly comfortable instantly.

  18. Rise up. Start fresh. See the bright opportunity in each day πŸ˜€πŸ’ͺ🏼

  19. 3:35 that is so cringey to see. It annoyed me to no end when I see good shoes with the backs destroyed from wearing them like this

  20. Great vid antonio! I am currently waiting on 2 new pairs of shoes to arrive to me. Question, i have only came across a few videos on "new shoe care." I had always wondered if i can use a leather conditioner before i wax my shoes? And since mine are hand painted with patina, should I only use a neutral polish? The shoes are from Undandy. I also bought the leather shoe care kit from them. Wondering how the actual process is going to need to go. Only gotten a few short responses that really didnt help me. Break it down for us Boss.

  21. Oh man don’t use those silicone based spray!!! It’ll be a pain to remove them when you want to polish the shoe again, and it prevents the leather from taking in the polish.

  22. Antonio, I don't know if you agree or disagree, but once I have decided that I'm going to keep the shoes, I send them to my cobbler for a half outer sole. I do this before I even wear them for the first time outside. I know that I don't have to think about traction or wear and tear. To me, this is worth the cost.

  23. Wow, I almost didn't recognise Antonio, I like the relatively new format seems more modern and informal. πŸ‘πŸ½

  24. 15 people who have hit the thumb down button have only worn tennis shoes…with jeans.

  25. Cheers Antonio πŸ‘ I recently watched your vids on shoe care & I gave my whole collection da works finishing off with a horse hair brush πŸ‘

  26. Instead of just a small rubber patch for traction, if you live in a rainy environment it's better to just get a whole rubber sole attached on top of the leather to keep it from getting wet.

  27. Is it possible to get rid of some slight creasing by coming to my senses and buying shoe trees (and using them going forward)? Just wondering what to expect as I ordered a couple along with some leather conditioner for my shoes. Thanks for the advice by the way.

  28. Antonio, I've always been nervous about using the hair dryer (unless there's a thick layer of wax mirror shine), wouldn't that damage and dry out the leather?

  29. Check out Ike Behar shoes they fit perfect from the first time
    available @ Nordstrom

  30. Great video, Antonio. Do you have any recommendations for an all-purpose color-neutral leather conditioner? Something you could use from dark brown boots to white sneakers.

  31. A few things you said cause more damage to leather than helping solve the issue. Hairdryer directly on to the leather and silicone based waterproofing sprays are one of the worst things to do your leather products. The best thing to do with a new pair is to actually clean it with saddle soap, apply conditioner, polish and seal it off with wax layers. After this, caring for it regularly by brushing off dirt following every wear and storing with cedar shoe tree will ensure the best protection for the best investment. Saphir products are excellent, however are tad too expensive but there are affordable options out there like bickmore leather conditioners, fiebing's saddle soap etc. I personally use them and can certainly vouch for it.

  32. this is timely,
    I just bought a pair of chukkas last month, still stiff at parts… gonna take the advice here

  33. Great video Antonio. But what if you don’t have leather conditioner ? Is there any alternatives? Would the oils do the work? Like coconut oil or olive oil?

  34. Super great video Antonio!!! Shoes are to expensive not to take good care of them plus women love them. β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜€

  35. Super great video Antonio!!! Shoes are to expensive not to take good care of them plus women love them. β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜€

  36. Super great video Antonio!!! Shoes are to expensive not to take good care of them plus women love them. β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜€

  37. Super great video Antonio!!! Shoes are to expensive not to take good care of them plus women love them. β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜€

  38. Super great video Antonio!!! Shoes are to expensive not to take good care of them plus women love them. β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜€

  39. Super great video Antonio!!! Shoes are to expensive not to take good care of them plus women love them. β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜€

  40. Please stop repeating β€œgent’s” all the time. You are saying it way to often. There are plenty of synonyms you can use and this way you will make your videos sound more professional.

  41. I almost forgot about shoe horn. You just prevented me from damaging the back of my brand new black Oxford. I fought to get my heel in it yesterday. Tomorrow morning, I'll surely get me a horn.thanks.

  42. Noticed the shoes where 3DM. I have the exact same pair from the video.

  43. I have a question. Does the β€œspring shoe trees” are okay to use??

  44. Hideous looking shoes in the video but good sound advice on quality new shoes πŸ‘πŸ»

  45. Thank you, you are a real man with real style, keep up the good work!!!

  46. never heard of dainaite soles did you? it is made of the highest quality rubber. brands like john lobb/ gaziano and girling/edward green/crockett and jones uses them. those rubber soles are more expensive than the leather soles on the shoes in the video.

  47. Great video even an Old Dog can learn something daily, Question what's your opinion on Paul Parkman shoes I absolutely love there work I'm fortunate to only dress for myself so I don't have to stick to such or any business model but still love classic as well as avantguard stylings and am now wearing more crossover styles.
    Really enjoy your channelπŸ‘ŒπŸ₯‚

  48. Yes that advice about the silicone spray is just the worst….clots the pores of the leather, prevents your feet from breathing and after wearing them makes it harder to get out the moisture….do some research before you recommend things like that….

  49. Before wearing your new shoes check the heel wear of an older pair of shoes and put on some heel savers to keep the heels from wearing down.

  50. Add heel plates after the first wear. The first wear allows you to see how you walk in those shoes and where to place the plates.

  51. Good advice.

    Lately I'm not a fan of the waterproofing sprays. They have a strong chemical smell.

  52. Thanks for the hairdryer tip, i used and it works to expand the width i need .

  53. How stupid can it be to buy a nice pair of leather sole shoes and then but that terrible looking black colored shoe grip !

  54. Does any of the applications come standard on the high-end models?

  55. ANTONIO, THANK YOU FOR THIS VIDEO! I only have one pair of dress shoes, well actually two, but my Bostonians are a square toe. This is before square toes are a NO GO so I don’t wear them anymore. I have recently bought cedar shoe trees for my dress shoes but I need to get some wax and waterproof spray for them. Also, before I knew about shoe trees, I wore my dress shoes and stored them without shoe trees. On the vamp, they now have some creasing and a little wrinkling. Is there anything I can do to fix this or do I pretty much have to live with it?

  56. Do you recommend certain leather shoe brands for wide feet and more importantly orthotics?
    I seem to not find nice shoes where the orthotics and my feet fit in well, because the insoles of the shoes are not able to be taken out.
    And getting a size bigger makes the sides too big.

  57. You recommend Cedar inserts. What are your thoughts on this plan I use? Since I own quite a few pair of shoes it can get real pricey ,so I use the paper that's stuffed inside most shoes when purchased.

  58. you NEVER wax shoes before wearing…where have you got this advised?
    Almost ALL this advice is incorrect…'silicone spray on brand new quality shoes'…wrong!
    Guys a simple search will take you to some correct advice on shoe care from an expert.
    Antonio , never done this before but have to say this time…you need to delete this video. Also why are you talking to us like we are 6 years old? Yup…trash this Antonio far from your best day.

  59. I heard baboon ejaculate is great for softening up fine leather shoes. Been using my own juice tho. Seems good.

  60. Antonio, I love your videos however I have a few issues with this one.
    First of all, most of your advice is generally correct for non-oiled, non-suede leather shoes. However for shoes that are made out of shell cordovan, oiled leathers, and suedes: you would not perform some of these steps as you may permanently ruin the shoes. Β 

    As an example for Shell Cordovan shoes: you should never use heat or use a wax (you only use creams specifically for shell or none at all). Otherwise you will ruin the shell. On an oiled leather such as a reverse chamois shoe/boot, you would never use a waterproof spray. There is no such thing as one care regimen that fits all shoe leathers.

    As a suggestion for a future video: How to properly identify the different types of leather that shoes/boots can be made out of and how to care for them.

    Thank you and Semper Fi.

  61. hahahaha he walks like a duck on new shoes to avoid creshing them , just like i do

  62. Antonio,please do a review of 3DM shoes. Doesn't have to be a sponsored video,it would be interested to get an unbiased expert opinion on them and to learn how they compare to Ace marks, Beckett Simonon,Thursday boots,Meermin etc since they offer best prices for what they offer

  63. You should've chosen a better shoe to feature. Allend Edmonds or your long time sponsor Ace Marks. Looking at this 3DM shoe, just says cheap quality.

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