Thrift: Buffing Up a J Crew Madras Belt

Madras belt roll

If you don’t thrift you probably should. Not everyone enjoys it, but I like the treasure hunt, rescuing a gem from amongst the junk. But sometimes the items need just a bit of TLC.

With summer–prime madras wearing time–looming, I came across a patch madras D-ring belt from J Crew. It was in great shape save for some fading from age and wear on the leather tip. I’m as much fan as honest wear–patina–as the next fellow, but I’m also a firm believer that a little maintenance can go a long way.

Madras belt before

I knew the leather fading wasn’t really an issue. To fix it up I pulled out my Saphir brown shoe cream and worked some into the leather tip with a cotton rag. You need shoe cream to apply to your leather shoes and sole/heel edges from time to time. Meltonian and Kelly’s creams are fine and easily found.

Saphir shoe cream

I let the cream soak in for a few minutes then buffed it–better than new! It has that honest wear, but with an attractive appearance. Not bad for a buck fifty and some elbow grease.

Madras belt after