Over the past several years J. Gilbert Footwear in Seattle has become a great resource for shoes and this last week marks the opening of the new men’s shop, which opened up next door to the original location on 1st Avenue – beforehand, the men’s shoes were relegated to a dark corner, but instead are now featured in a comfortably open and naturally lit space. The best part of course, is that there is now room for more awesome models from Alden, Rider Boot, and Lucchese.
Part of my recent weekend was spent cleaning my spring footwear with Saphir Rénovateur, the magical leather conditioner that is seen as one of the best shoe products in the world. Apply with a small brush and then finish with a couple coats of their wax or creme – when done, you can end up with a high gloss shine.
Saphir products can now be found in a number of high end shoe stores like Leather Soul and Leffot as well as online at ASW. If you’re in Seattle, J. Gilbert Footwear also has a small selection.