Tips for Maintaining Your Favorite Shoes
When you find a new pair of shoes that you love and that will easily complement your wardrobe, you’re no doubt willing to pay anything for them. Classic shoes can last for years so these can actually be an investment in your wardrobe, not just a splurge. Maintaining them the right way will keep your shoes looking their best and in good repair for years.
First be sure you protect your shoes when you wear them. Many women will purchase a small type of padding that goes under the back of their shoe when they drive. Working the pedals of your car will cause friction on the back of your shoes and wear down the leather or wear off the suede. A small gel pad on the carpet of the driver’s side of your car will protect your shoe so it stays looking like new.
During winter days or when it’s raining out, wear some sneakers and carry your shoes to the office so you don’t get them wet or muddy. This will help to keep them looking their best. You can carry a plastic shoebox with you so you don’t need to be embarrassed about carrying your shoes and have a place to store your sneakers or boot when you arrive to the office.
Using the right materials to clean your shoes and condition them regularly is vital to keep them looking their best. A good leather conditioner can keep the leather soft and supple and also helps to clean leather shoes. Use this once per month on all your leather shoes or boots. You can clean leather shoes with a damp cloth and if necessary, a soft bristled brush. Use the conditioner immediately after cleaning.
For suede, a soft bristled brush is also used to clean the shoes and recover the surface of the shoes. Use these in a circular motion to get rid of dirt and mud and other debris on your suede shoes. For mud and dirt that doesn’t come off with the brush, you should only use a suede cleaner you purchase at a shoe store. Water will not typically get mud off of suede shoes and will damper down the suede itself. A suede cleaner will help to loosen dirt and clean oil and mud off your shoes so it doesn’t stain.
Protecting your shoes in the closet is also important for their maintenance. Invest in some hanging pockets so you don’t just toss your shoes on the floor of your closet when you get home. Don’t store your nicest heels with your sneakers as this will get them scuffed up and dirty. A few dollars for a nice closet organizer for your shoes will pay off in the long run as it will protect those precious heels and other pairs you have for years to come.