image by foster huntington
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A while back, Foster Huntington and I set out to document Rugby tie designer Sean Crowley’s apartment and The Jazz Age Lawn Party for our respective weblogs. In a day filled with amazing photos, Fort Greene barbeque, and St. Germain cocktails, the only casualties were my favorite suede cap toes, mortally wounded by a massive glob of bbq sauce from Foster's sandwich. With no more than a chuckle and a shoulder shrug, the Restless Transplant transplanted himself to the bar with the greatest facility and left me to find my own solution. So how do I clean them? I’d been attempting, to no avail, to answer that question ever since. I tried everything. A friend recommended rubbing the stain with salt and then brushing it out but that didn't work. Jim’s Shoe Repair said that they couldn’t do anything for me but advised to put baby powder on the stain for a week and then give it a brush...nope, try again. An extensive google search yielded unhelpful results. Was there really no solution? Just as I was about to concede defeat and bury my captoes in the back of the closet I hit pay dirt. Yesterday, I found an old suede cleaning spray that included instructions suggesting the use of an emery board.
After three months of failure involving the harebrained use of kitchen and bathroom products, all it took was five minutes with my wife's toiletry and my shoe looked like new. So there you have it, a long-winded, roundabout answer to a simple question. An emery board does wonders to combat any sort of damage a shaggy-haired, beer-guzzling, shoe-throwing, west coaster at a northeastern liberal arts college blogger/photographer could inflict on a pair of suede shoes.
back in working order...