Shoes are not just a fashion statement; they protect your feet from getting hurt and keep them warm during a chilly weather.
You must take care of your shoes in order for them to continue to do their job efficiently.
Proper shoe care will prolong the life of your shoes and keep them looking great for long. You can also avoid feet bone deformities by preventing your shoes from going out of shape with proper, regular care. This should be enough to make you want to take good care of your footwear. Here is what you can do to offer a long life to all your shoes. Read on—
- Wearing leather shoes in rain is a bad idea
Wet weather is not recommended for leather. Leather can become soft and easily damaged if it is saturated by water. Leather is porous and can absorb water. If you’re not careful, leather can become damaged. Rubber-soled boots are best if it is likely to rain. You can dry your shoes quickly if you are caught in a sudden rainstorm. Do not heat them, though. Let them air dry naturally. Once they are completely dry, you can store them. This will prevent leather from drying out too quickly and cracking. Remember, pure leather shoes are extremely expensive. You should never show any kind of laxity in their care.
- When you are putting on or taking off your shoes, unlace them first
Laces exist for a reason. Shoes should not be forced on or taken off. This can cause unnatural stress on the material of the shoes and the threading, which can lead to issues. It only takes a few seconds to use the laces, but it will make your shoes more comfortable.
- Rubber taps can be inserted into your soles. This will extend the life of your sole.
Rubber can be applied to the soles of your shoes if you are aware that your soles wear out quickly from your gait and commute. This quick fix that won’t cost you a lot will give you more runway before you get your next resoling done.
- Salt stains should be removed as soon as possible
People living in colder regions often have to walk on snow. This puts salt stains on the shoes. Yes, salt stains can be a problem if you live near a snowy, cold area that experiences harsh winters. Snowmelt salt can leave white marks on your shoes. It will dry quickly and dry out the material of your shoes, especially if it’s leather. To avoid salt stains, clean your boots immediately if you see salty water. It’s easy to fix salt stains if you have them by using a cloth to wipe your boots/shoes clean. Dry them with a towel. You can use a quick, diluted vinegar solution (2 parts water, 1 part vinegar) to do the trick. You will get rid of the salt stains. Next, condition, and then polish them.
- External heat sources should never be used to heat or dry the shoes
Shoe materials are very similar to our skin. If your skin gets wet and dry repeatedly, it will dry out and crack. Have you ever noticed how dry your lips and skin are in winter? To avoid drying your shoes with external heat sources, don’t place them in front of a heater, furnace or fire to dry them. This will cause the shoes to crack, which will damage them. To absorb some moisture from your shoes, place some newspaper in the shoe and allow it to dry at room temperature. Your shoes should not be subjected to rapid temperature swings.
- Shoe trees are a great storage option- Use them!
There are no real arguments or cons to using shoe trees. Shoe trees can be used in all your shoes and have tangible, visible benefits. They can help preserve the shape of your shoes, prevent bacteria build-up and reduce creasing.
- Leather shoes should be left to dry for 24 hours before being worn again.
A lot of people wear their leather shoes every single day. But that’s not good. Boots and leather shoes of high quality need to be re-used after each use. Shoes should be allowed to rest for 24 hours after being worn. This will increase the life expectancy of your shoes. The leather can be damaged if you wear the same pair of shoes every day. This will reduce the life expectancy of the pair. This is why shoe rotation was created. To keep your shoes in great condition, you need to rotate between light and dark pairs.
- To keep your shoes fresh, condition them every few months.
Polishing is a skill that most people are familiar with. Polishing shoes can make them look shiny and beautiful. Conditioning is more important than polishing. Polishing is nice for aesthetics, conditioning is important for the health of the material, especially leather. To keep the material moist, condition your shoes every few months.
- Use both of your hands to put on and take off your shoes
Like two hands are needed to apply the gloves and take them off, both of your hands should be used while wearing and removing your shoes.
This is a simple procedure that doesn’t require much effort but is very important. One hand can open the tongue and the other the heel. This will prevent any stress from being placed on the shoe.
- Dry your shoes immediately if they become wet. Do not allow water to sit on them
Your shoes should be kept wet for a long time. So, don’t clean them using a lot of water, unless they are men casual shoes made of some thick fabric like canvas. If there is water on your shoes, a quick wipe down will help remove it and improve the durability of the shoes. You can use a napkin, paper towel, anything you like to get rid of any standing water before it gets absorbed into your shoe material.These are some really amazing, easy, painless, and budget-friendly tips that will help you keep your shoes looking great forever. You spend so much money on shoes. Make sure you do some maintenance to keep them in great shape. So, whether your shoe closet is full of formal or casual shoes, giving them a little extra care will indeed keep them as well as your feet happy.