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Shoe Cleaner recommendation.. or just leave it alone (ie. war wounds)?

Old 09-07-15, 04:36 PM
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Shoe Cleaner recommendation.. or just leave it alone (ie. war wounds)?

A couple months of tire-overlap rubber build-up on my shoes.. Any known means of removing without dissolving the leather or discoloring worse than it is? Or should I just leave it alone?
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Magic eraser and a bit of water.
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Originally Posted by Jakedatc View Post
Magic eraser and a bit of water.
You've used this? The build-up is probably about 1mm thick at this point, fyi.
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That's natural leather? If so, you might be able to scrub it off, but then they'd still be scuffed and you'd have to polish them back, and while they may look clean after that, you're unlikely to ever get them smooth again. Shoe repair places can sometimes work wonders, though. Solvent would definitely be a mistake.

If it's vinyl, Lorica or whatever, you'll probably have better luck.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
A couple months of tire-overlap rubber build-up on my shoes.. Any known means of removing without dissolving the leather or discoloring worse than it is? Or should I just leave it alone?
my first thought is leave it be, but if you must, wd-40 may dissolve the rubber without harming the leather if used lightly.
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That's natural leather? If so, you might be able to scrub it off, but then they'd still be scuffed and you'd have to polish them back, and while they may look clean after that, you're unlikely to ever get them smooth again. Shoe repair places can sometimes work wonders, though. Solvent would definitely be a mistake.

If it's vinyl, Lorica or whatever, you'll probably have better luck.
I was thinking it was leather, but looked it up again.. these are Giro Empire ACC's.. description indicates the upper is made of Evofiber Microfiber.. so no idea really what this is, though bound to be some sort of synthetic. Clean would be fine.. Completely unmarred is quite unlikely. My hope was to just basically remove this crud, and then I'd probably put down a layer of shoo goo in the toebox area to protect actually wearing thru the shoes' material.
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these are Giro Empire ACC's..
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You've used this? The build-up is probably about 1mm thick at this point, fyi.
could use something more aggressive to get the bulk of the rubber off first? i don't have an overlap problem like that so i mostly get off grease, dirt and crank arm marks.
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i may do this. Thought perhaps though this might be a decades-old thing and there would be lots of home-grown solutions.
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could use something more aggressive to get the bulk of the rubber off first? i don't have an overlap problem like that so i mostly get off grease, dirt and crank arm marks.
Thanks.. I have the dirt and grease marks too, so will give the Mr Clean product a try anyway for the rest of the shoe (eg. see same photo with the streaks closer to the heel.
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Is this a thing? 1mm+ build up on the front of your shoes? I personally don't have a toe overlap problem (small feet, large frame) but it seems like something's going on if you have that much rubber on your shoes.
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