Here at Kempt HQ, we often receive letters from our readers—most of it adoring fan mail, but every so often we get a nude photo. Also every so often we get an inquiry from a wayward soul who we feel compelled to answer...
Thanks in part to your advice over the years, I was able to find and get a very handsome suit that was at the top level of my budget. And then, in its debut outing (at a wedding), some knucklehead knocked over a candle near me, which (of course!) managed to spill hot wax all over my trousers and shoes (not new, but still). Now what? Is the cost sunk? Can I at least write it off on my taxes?
Great to hear our words have guided you to the perfect suit; quite tragic that such a sartorial victory was followed by a real-life verse on irony. But this doesn’t necessarily mean a total loss. There are a few things you can try.
You’ve heard this one before, but it bears repeating: treat your leather gear right, and it’ll last forever. (The same goes for waxed cotton, while we’re at it.) And since you’ve already got your boots and Barbour, it’s time to learn about keeping them fresh.
As it turns out, it’s not too different from your skin care regimen—a little goop and a little diligence. For the details, we sat down with Chris Chase of Portland’s Otter Wax, maker of some of our favorite leather and waxed cotton revitalizers. (If you were wondering where to pick some up, it’s available from our brothers at UD Perks.) Here’s what he had to say.
While we’re still perched on the edge of winter, now’s an excellent time to give your winter boots and shoes of choice a little preemptive wax. It’ll only take 45 minutes, and you’ll be a lot happier once the first layer of snow comes down.
Simple Threads gave a quick how-to over the weekend, but there’s not all that much to it. Just take off the laces, rub it down, let it sit for half an hour and then wipe everything off with a clean cloth. Our favorite wax is from Angelus (a tip from George Esquivel), but as long as you match the color of your shoes, you’ll be fine.
In a few weeks’ time, when you find yourself stomping through a few inches of snow, you’ll be fully protected.