Buying shoes nowadays can be really expensive. That is why we need to make sure we know how to protect them so they can last for years. Actually, you will be amazed how simple steps can make a difference when it comes to taking care of our precious shoes.
Here are some tips:
- It is important to know that buying good quality shoes is the most important consideration you need to do more than its design and look. Materials like authentic leather and suede are generally considered to last a lot longer.
- If you have suede or leather shoes, it is important to spray water-proofing products as protection. Normally, these spray protections are expensive but do wonders in protecting your shoes.
- Using shoe trees is the most common trick but I could say the most effective. After using your tired shoes the whole day, what you need to do is to stretch it to retain its natural form. An alternative is stuffing your shoes with crumpled newspapers.
- Leather shoes should be polished and shined weekly; ideally during weekends. This activity will make sure the leather is in good condition and at the same time protected.
- It is also important to store your shoes neatly and orderly. I suggest you keep them inside the box. Do not remove the desiccant silica gel inside the box. That small white pack protects your shoes from humidity.
- To remove stinky odor in your shoes, pour some baking soda inside them. You can just dust them off if you need to wear them again.
- Dust is the usual dirt your shoes collect. The quickest way to clean them is by using soft-bristled toothbrush to dust off dirt and debris.
- If you happen to wet them, air-dry your shoes. It is important that the shoe tree is inserted so that the shoe will not lose its shape and style.
- Small scratches and damages need to be attended to immediately. This is to avoid bigger problems that could probably end up more costly for you. Bring in your shoes to the nearest shoe cleaner or alteration shops.
Now, do you think these protection tips are difficult? They're quite easy, right? With a little bit of attention and care, you are actually adding 6 - 12 months of life usage to your shoes.