It's a lesson we've preached time and time again. Take care of your shoes and they'll take care of you. But when you invest in good shoes—and we mean the kind of shoes that make you break into a sweat before handing over the credit card—you want to ensure that you'll be wearing them for years and years. And the best way to keep them in top shape (after shoe trees) is keeping them clean. For a guy like Steven Taffel, owner of upscale shoe shop Leffot, that means buffing your brogues with these leather polish mitts from legendary Jermyn Street cobbler Edward Green. "Because they're so compact and roll up, they're great to keep at work or for travel when you need a quick shine," he says. "And the fur is natural lambswool so they last for years—no cleaning required—unless you're fetishist and just can't stop buffing."
$135, at Leffot, 10 Christopher St., New York
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