It’s important to remember that all shoes cannot be treated the same. A leather brogue should be cared for differently to a canvas sneaker, for instance and that buying a nice pair of shoes is only the beginning. Ensuring longevity of use boils down to how you maintain and care for them which is achieved through care for the soles and leather/fabric of each shoe. This will not only see your wear your stylish pair of loafers for a lot longer but also have them looking good no matter what you put them through.
1. POLISH YOUR LEATHER SHOES
Leather shoes will cost you a fair penny. That is the fact of the matter. Polishing your shoes on a regular basis will not only nourish the leather but have the shoes looking good all the time. Check out how to polish your shoes here. A small tip I use is to polish your new shoes straight out of the box.
2. INVEST IN QUALITY POLISH
Taking the cheaper route here is simply no an option. You will need polish and trying to save bucks on the polish itself, will only see you have to purchase a new pair of shoes sooner rather than later. You make the decision.
3. PROTECT AND BUFF SUEDE
If you’ve invested in a pair of suede kicks, be sure to treat them with a protective suede spray which will keep them from being damaged by the elements. Another good addition to your shoe-care kit is a suede eraser and brush. First use the eraser to target spots on the suede and then use the brush to bring the nap of the suede back to its original state.
4. KEEP YOUR SHOES DRY
If you get caught in a sudden downpour, save your shoes from permanent damage by drying them as soon as you get home. The Sunday paper should do. Stuff the paper into the shoes to absorb any moisture and place the shoes in a well ventilated area. Do not use a hairdryer or place near a heater as this will see the leather crack.
5. ROUGHEN UP YOUR BOOTS
If you’re looking for that worn-in, roughed-up look for your boots, there is no need to put them through hell to get there. You can still get that look but care for the boot at the same time. Just don’t polish them. Use a leather balm and neutral cream instead of a coloured polish and don’t buff them to a shine. Hey presto!
6. EMBRACE THE CONDITIONS
Polishing your boat shoes or loafers is not a necessity and it may be worth letting them I’ve through the elements and develop that faded, worn look. If anything, make use of the neutral cream mentioned above.
8. HAND WASH CANVAS
Don’t put your canvas sneakers in the washing machine, this will only see the soles of the sneaker breakdown and result in the shoe looking more workout sooner. Use fabric shampoo and water. Put the effort in.
If you’re going to spend time and money on your shoes, why wouldn’t you want to make sure that you get maximum use out of them? A quality pair of leather brogues or boots can last you ages if you care for them in the right way.
You stay classy,