Dandy & Dapper

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 January, 2011, 12:00am

I collect trainers. I've found that Hong Kong cobblers can fix leather shoes and more formal stuff but they look confused (and sometimes angry) when I bring my trainers to be fixed or modified and I can't find anywhere that sells stuff to do this at home. Help?

Mr Dandy: Any self-respecting trainer collector would know that you don't mess with perfection (or resale value). By modification, do you mean customisation, such as drawing, painting and bejewelling? Surely anyone can achieve that with permanent marker, a bit of paint, craft supplies and an imagination? Fine, we'll concede to giving you one great all-in-one idea, the JGoods Sneaker Customization Kit, which comes with waterproof, non-cracking, non-chipping leather paint in five colours, a high-quality paint brush, a manual, a paint-mixing container, finish remover, cotton swabs and scour sponges (HK$388 not including shipping; www.jgoodsonline.com).

Mr Dapper: Basic DIY glues are not that hard to find, like in, um, your local supermarket. We found the V-tech Shoe Adhesive at Wellcome, for example, for only HK$12.90 (customer hotline: 2299 1133; www.wellcome.com.hk). Anyway, as far as we're concerned, such footwear should be reserved for sports.

I'm going travelling and want to carry as little as possible. Where can I find one of those all-in-one shampoo and soaps?

Mr Dapper: Don't bother. Seriously. Why lug an extra product around when your hotel provides that kind of thing for free? Staying with family or friends? Well, it would take a pretty mean host to not supply you with basic amenities. If they don't, then test how long their olfactory system can handle an unwashed guest - just for the fun of it.

Mr Dandy: Well, some people actually care about the quality of the products they use. The best tip for travelling light is to buy upon arrival and leave behind what's left at the end. Our new favourite is Kiehl's Cross-Terrain All-In-One Refueling Wash (HK$160; 28 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2591 0117; see www.kiehls.com for more locations), which contains menthol, vitamin E, citrus oil and aloe vera to cleanse, moisturise and 'invigorate' (aka tingle). The Body Shop has a men's hair and body wash in a variety of scents (about HK$120; see www.thebodyshop.com.hk for locations). Or, if you're man enough, try the fantastic and subtly scented Johnson's Top-To-Toe Wash (HK$35 at your local supermarket or pharmacy).