Upon deciding to purchase a pair of leather shoes, I’m sure of many of you expect them to be durable and last you a long time.
Well, that’s half true.
A pair of leather shoes can go far but that’s provided you know how to take care of them. Today, we’ll share some tips on shoe care.
- We all have that trusty pair of shoes, that’s comfortable and goes with just about everything in our wardrobe. Still, what you should do is to wear that pair on alternate days. This gives the shoes ample time to air and dry out, so the leather lasts longer. That aside, I’m sure you wouldn’t want your shoes to stink, right?
- Consider using a shoetree. A shoetree is a block in the shape of a foot that helps keep the shape of your shoes intact. Above all, it prevents creasing and can dry out the lining of shoes, so they don’t rot. Shoetrees are worthy investments, they won’t cost as much as a pair of new shoes and you can use it over and over again.
Always, always keep your leather shoes in an area that’s clean and dry. I can’t reiterate this enough.
Leather is very much like your skin – it has to be cleaned, moisturised and touched up with so they can look good. You’ll need a few tools to do this.
- Shoe Shine Sponge
A shoe shine sponge is a sponge that conditions and protects leather material. It’s quick and easy to use and gives the shoes a bright and long-lasting shine. It is ideal for shoes which do not require a full polish.
- Shoe Brush
To keep your shoes clean and free of dust, it’s best to have a shoe-specific brush. Shoe brushes are usually made from horsehair; it doesn’t scratch the leather yet stiff enough to remove debris perfectly.
- Leather Shoe Cream
This is ideal for black smooth leather, it is used to moisturise and restore the appearance of leather material. It is advisable to test the shoe cream on an inconspicuous area before general application.
- Neutral Shoe Cream
Like the leather shoe cream, it maintains the leather and shine. However, the difference between this and leather shoe cream is that neutral is used on shoes of any colour while leather cream is used only for black shoes.
If you want your leather shoes to look good, it is essential that you go through the steps to take care of them. Apart from how your shoes will look, these steps help extend the lifespan of leather shoes.