As sleek-looking as they are, leather shoes can inevitably endure nicks and scratches over time. An easy solution? Edge dressing. The formula, which often comes with a small applicator, is designed specifically to be applied to the heels and soles of leather shoes to cover any scuffs and restore the finish. Some options are even water-resistant to prevent moisture from seeping into shoes. Although it’s never advisable to wear leather shoes in rain or snow, this feature will help keep feet dry if you unexpectedly get caught in a downpour).
To help you find the best of the best, we’ve rounded up our favorite edge dressing products to get your boots, loafers and more looking like new. Read on to shop them all.
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1. Hilason Angelus Roll Call Military Grade Edge Dressing
Formulated for high gloss, military inspection quality, this black edge dressing offers long-lasting coverage on leather uppers and even rubber soles.
Pros: It’s also quick-drying.
Cons: It may take a few applications to get the desired result.
2. Fiebing’s Edge Kote
Fiebing’s Edge Kote offers a semi-gloss finish and dries water-resistant for added protection in inclement weather.
Pros: In addition to working well on shoes, it can be used on leather purses, furniture and more. It comes in a range of classic to nuanced shades, including black, brown, mahogany, light brown and neutral.
Cons: When it comes to footwear, this formula doesn’t work well on rubber soles.
3. Kiwi Heel/Sole Edge Color
This option, from popular shoe-care brand Kiwi, is especially easy to apply thanks to an angled sponge applicator. It comes as a pack of two, four or five to give you the most bang for your buck.
Pros: It’s also water-resistant.
Cons: The finish may not be as durable as Hilason’s military grade formula.