Puttin’ On the Shine…

Winter is boot season, and even though Winter pretty much left town weeks ago — it was 80 here the other day, I’ve still been wearing my boots.  So it goes without being said that my boots were looking a bit, well, worn.

Even worse, one of the boots has some odd bleached spots.  No, I have no idea where they came from.

But, since I grew up in Texas, and have watched both grandfathers and my own dad fixing up their dress boots before some big event, I knew just what to do.  I went to the store, and bought this…

Since they only had black and brown shoe polish to choose from, no variations like ox blood, I went with brown, and then I tested the color in a place where it wouldn’t be seen, like under the strap.  It matched well enough, so I went to work rubbing the polish onto a rag that I didn’t mind losing, and then rubbing it into my boots, being sure to move in a circular direction to avoid stripes and color gaps.  When I was through, my boots looked like this…

Unfortunately, those bleached spots didn’t want to accept any color!

I have no idea what I did, but short of pulling out some paint, or maybe a marker, I’m at a loss.  I may have to get used to the spots.  Besides, they add character, right?  At least that’s what I will tell myself.  Luckily, everywhere else looks good, and my boots look more like fashion statements, and less like work boots.  I gave up my steel toes long ago.


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