As I come home everyday I pass the Bon Ton Hatters shoe and hat repair shop. It has been there since 1907 and it's the only place in Birmingham where you can still have your hat cleaned and reshaped. There's a wall of chairs close to the door where you can sit and have your shoes shined for $1. I always smile as I pass because you can tell those guys really know what their doing with their stern faces. It's a little peek into history. Although I highly suggest they trade the front doors for the saloon kind and wear holstered guns. It'd be fantastic! Ha I digress, I was thinking the other day that if I had shoes to be shined I'd definitely go there. Then I remembered the racks of shoes I have for D&B that greatly need extra love and care to be ready for purchase. There's too many to take to Bon Ton so I'm going to give it a go. Here at Dean and Bettie we use the natural approach to cleaning and restoring vintage whenever possible and we definitely have a do it yourself attitude. So here's a bit on making a simple organic shoe shine solution.
You'll need to combine 1Tbs lemon juice and 2Tbs olive oil. You can whisk them together or put them in a clean jar, put the lid on tight, and shake away. You'll need to clean your shoes first. I just took a slightly damp papertowel and wiped them down and let them dry completely.
Next, with a soft clean cloth dab some of the shine mixture onto you leather shoe (laces removed!) and rub it in with a circular motion. I used this on our leather purses as well and will be using them on jackets too.
You'll need to repeat this once a month. They really turned out great.