FINE LEATHER SHOES WILL PEP UP ANY ENSEMBLE, AND CAN LAST YOU A LIFETIME. FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS TO ENSURE YOU GET EXTRA MILEAGE OUT OF YOUR DESIGNER FOOTWEAR!
HOW TO CLEAN
– Most shoe labels will have in-house shoe cleaners and creams so always ask the boutique assistant for care tips and recommended products.
– First, take the laces off your shoes. Use a soft bristled brush to sweep off preliminary dirt and dust.
– Keeping your hand under the flap to keep the upper firm and flat, use your other hand to apply a suitable cleaner or saddle soap all over the leather parts of your shoe.
– Use the same brush to gently work the cleaner into the skin. Pay particular attention to any noticeable scuffs or marks.
– Let dry for about 20 minutes before proceeding to polish.
HOW TO POLISH & CONDITION
– Think of conditioning as moisturizer for your shoes, which will dry out over time. To prevent flaking and wrinkling, dab a dollop of conditioner on a soft cloth and rub gently all over in a circular motion.
– Choose a polish in a hue that matches your shoe. Experts generally recommend a lanoline-based beeswax polish, which will soften and protect at the same time.
– Wipe off excess polish with a soft clean cloth, and buff the shoe with—surprise!—a pair of panty hose for slick-as-a-dime shine. Well, nylon gets the job done, too.
HOW TO WEATHERPROOF
– A spray-on water repellent is an essential, fool-proof way to safeguard against the elements.
– Before application, use a warm sponge to prep your shoe. The gentle heat will increase the porosity of the skin, allowing for better absorption.
– Look for “breathable”, water-based repellents, which will allow excess moisture to dissipate for pliable, butter-smooth shoes.
HOW TO STORE
– A quality shoe tree is a worthwhile investment. Unfinished cedar is best, because it sponges up moisture and any disagreeable odors.
– Once you’re home, stuff your boot toe with butter paper, then string them up on the tree immediately.
– Regular use of a tree will maintain your shoe’s original shape, and will go miles towards preventing shrinkage and creases.
Waterproof your suede and nubuck shoes with a spray-on, and use a suede eraser to smooth off smudges. Next, use a soft bristled brush to restore the nap and lift off dirt particles.
Patent leather is surprisingly easy to care for: just keep out of water, and occasionally smooth some petroleum jelly into the shoe to preserve its glamorous gloss.
SOME FINAL TIPS
– If you’ve been polishing your shoes for awhile, there may be residual wax build-up. Use a specialised pre-cleaner before the cleaning process outlined above.
– It may be a no-brainer, but if you’ve just stepped out of a shower, make sure your feet are fully dry before slipping on your shoes.
– Use a good tortoiseshell shoe-horn to ease your foot in without creasing the back—a surefire recipe for shoe breakdown.
– Every few years, head back to the boutique or trusted cobbler to re-sole your shoes, which are like the tires of your car and require regular upkeep.
– Lay your shoes on their side to dry out, if you’ve been unlucky enough to have been battered on by a surprise rain shower on your way home.
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