Ah... It's that time of year the days are getting shorter and in the south a bit cooler. So lets put up the whites and bring out the... hiking boots to enjoy the soon to turn leaves and cooler days. If you're anything like us in April, you quickly stored away your boots in a rush to move into flip-flop season and now it's time for a 6 month past due cleaning and refresh. The following blog will give you the products and steps to bring your favorite boots back to new with MAX CLEAN freshness and a new coat of MAX SHEILD water-repellent.
1. Gather up your refresh surplus of MaxClean, new boot laces and post cleaning MaxShield.
2. Find an open air location and admire last years boot grime collection, because it would soon be gone.
3. Begin to douse your boot with a healthily froth of MaxClean both in and out.
4. With the included curry comb cap, begin to work in the foam and break up the grime. Notice the BEAR! in the back ground. Next.. spray the sole, don't forget this step and trust me MaxClean can break that crude up.
5. To finish the cleaning process, apply one more coat of MaxClean as a rinse and let dry... You can really see the difference in the before and after if you do one boot at a time. If you submit your left and right (like above) comparison, we will send you a new set of boot laces on us. email@example.com
6. After the boot is completely dry, spray on a even coat of MaxShield, to replace the water proofing that's dissipated over the last year of use. There you have it! Boots that not only look new but perform as new thanks to Peak cleaning and protectants. Now hit the trail and watch out for Bears!
Now, we’re not particularly crafty, but we are into wearing funky and cute jewelry. So what’s a girl to do?
Fear not, fellow craft-challenged sisters and brothers, for we’ve found this SUPER-easy (and cheap!) way to make your own colorful, leather-freebracelets without having to throw everything off the craft table in despair. The best part: all the bragging rights you’ll earn by making it yourself
What You’ll Need:
2 pairs colored shoelaces (Check out Sears and Kmart for Peak Brand Laces "They have the best Colors".)
You can test the length by wrapping it around your wrist. Keep in mind that the shoelaces will give and stretch a little when you put the bracelet on. (Be careful not to make the bracelet too long because it will be loose and bulky when you tie the ends together and wear it.)
3. Once you have braided enough to create a bracelet, use a hair clip to hold the ends.
4. Using the needle-nose pliers, bend the ring from the charm until you can slip it off its original bracelet.
5. Put the charm back on its ring and loop it through one of the shoelaces (about midway between the doorknob and the hair clip). Tighten the ring around the shoelace with the pliers until it’s secure.
Again, be sure to test it on your wrist so that is doesn’t end up too long!
6. Untie the shoelaces from the doorknob, remove the hair clip, and tie a knot looping the two ends together.
7. Cut off the excess length from the ends and TA-DA!
You’re ready to bask in the glow of your creative craftiness. Enjoy!
Have you worked on any fun DIY projects recently? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and thank you sara, please contact us for some complimentary product!
school’s out and summer is officially here it is important to protect your
gear. As this season is notorious for unpredictable weather and the unwanted,
yet enjoyable afternoon thunderstorm, ensuring that you are dry is going to be
key in making your trip an unforgettable memory.
We all have our
favorite gear that has been the go to items when packing for a trip, but even
our favorite items get weary with age. With use, items like: tents, rain
jackets, backpacks, boots and shoes loose their resistance to foul weather.
Continuing to protect your gear is a vital step in ensuring you not only have a
great time, but also your gear will be around to join you on trips to come.
The next time
you’re packing for a big adventure use Peak
Max Shield or Peak Rain and Stain
to protect your gear. Max Shield is a
heavy duty water repellent that contains silicone which bonds to fabric to
create a barrier while allowing it to breathe. Max Shield should be used to add protection to an item that is not
already water resistant. Rain and Stain
is formulated to restore repellency in: boots, shoes, clothing, hiking,
camping, and outer gear. It can also be used on sports equipment, boat and
trailer accessories and truck and car upholstery.
adventure you and your family have planned for the summer, remember to protect
your gear and have a fantastic time!
There I was, staring down at my lackluster boots with a sinking feeling in my stomach. It was day two of basic training and we had just been informed that we had one hour to get our boots as shiny as our cadre’s (each looked as if they were covered in glass)…or we weren’t going to like the repercussions. Never in my life had I shined a pair of shoes and now I was under the gun, trying to inconspicuously imitate my roommate who grew up a military brat and had apparently been doing it since he was 5. I learned very quickly how to shine shoes that day…not quickly enough, but that’s another story for another time.
Chances are, unless you join the military, you will never have to face punishment for not having shiny shoes. Nonetheless, it is a great skill to have in your man arsenal. Whether it’s an upcoming wedding, graduation or simply another day at the office, a pair of shiny shoes can set you apart as a man that knows how to take care of himself.
Not only does shining your shoes look good, it is a necessary part of properly caring for and maintaining a nice pair of leather shoes or boots. The polish itself helps moisturize and waterproof the leather, lengthening a shoes lifespan.
How To Shine Your Shoes Like a Soldier
There are a lot of opinions when it comes to the best way to shine a shoe. Everyone has their own unique twist from using spit to using a lighter to burn the top coat of polish (cool, although potentially dangerous). The process below is a simple one that I have used for many years and it has worked fine for me and many of my military peers.
Step 1: Find an old towel or newspaper to spread over the area you will be working on. Shoe polish has an uncanny ability to get smeared everywhere even when you’re being extremely careful…and it’s really hard to get out of carpet.
Step 2: Clean the dust and dirt off your boots with a horsehair shine brush or damp rag. If you must get your boots a little wet to clean them off, allow them time to dry before applying the polish
Step 3:Cover the entire shoe with a generous amount of polish, using your shoe polish brush. The polish I’m using is black Kiwi Shoe Polish, but be sure to match the color of the polish to your shoe as closely as possible. Make sure you get down in the seams of the shoe and attempt to cover evenly with polish. Allow 15 minutes for the polish to dry.
Step 4: Brush the entire shoe vigorously using the horsehair shine brush. The point of this is to basically brush off all the excess polish, leaving only a small film on the outside of the shoe.
Step 5:Once you feel comfortable that the entire shoe has been covered and brushed it is time to focus on the toe and heel for extra shine. Dip a cotton ball or pad into some water and squeeze out any excess moisture so it is damp, not dripping. Then get a little polish on the damp cotton. Next apply the polish on the toe and heel of the shoe using small circular motions. Sit back, this is going to take a while.
Step 6: Repeat Step 5 until you are satisfied with the level of shine. Remember to use a new piece of cotton each time and to remove all excess polish before applying a new coating. Also, the initial shine is the hardest, it should get a bit easier each time you do it. These boots were fairly new and this was my first time giving them a good shine. From start to finish, it took me approximately 45 minutes to get them to the state shown below. Most of this was spent with the cotton pads shining the toe and heel. If I were to come back in a couple weeks it would take me half the time to do the same job.
Building a Shoe Shine Kit:
Before you try to build one, if you have black shoes you can always just buy the one sold on military bases worldwide…and the one I use. It is basic, cheap and has worked for me for 6 years. Here is the link. If, however, you want a nicer kit, different colors of polish, or just like being independent, here are the items you need:
Bright colored strings are emerging as a way for men to accessorize, from the well-heeled models at Dunhill’s Spring 2011 runway show to preppy menswear labels such as Paul Smith, where certain shoes are sold with bright colored laces already tied up (with a neutral-colored spare included in the box for the faint of heart).
his clever trick has been employed by dandies—especially in London, Milan, Paris and Tokyo—for years. However, Derrick Miller, founder of the Manhattan-based, London-bred shoe label Barker Black, says that stateside, the trend may be an extension of the loud laces found on funky sneakers—apparently street style is sneaking up on Savile Row.
Although the concept feels especially modern now (little details are the new bling), there is evidence that decorative laces go back centuries, says Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator of The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Heeled shoes were introduced in the late 16th century and by the 17th, most upper class men were wearing them with colorful bows and ribbons. "They were used to secure the shoe to the foot and could be quite colorful in their own right," she says. Some men went one step further, Ms. Semmelhack says, and attached large colorful bows known as shoe "roses" over the ribbons.
History aside, there’s no doubt the simple act of pairing fire-engine red or royal purple shoelaces with a pair of brown wingtips provides lots of punch for very little effort—like wearing wacky socks with a pair of serious shoes and your grey flannels. The look works best with chestnut kicks rather than black, where the contrast can be jarring. Beginners may want to start with a more muted hue, but if you’re feeling adventurous, go brighter, neon even. Just be sure laces are your one and only statement, and give your other preferred pieces of flair—argyles, pocket squares, suspenders—a well-deserved rest.