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Tips for keeping your shoes in good shape
Proper shoe care goes a long way and you can make a pair of shoes last for many years if you take good care of them.
So how should you do it? It is not easy work, but the end result is worth it.
Here are some tips to help you keep your shoes in good shape.
We start by saying that investing in a good pair of shoes is almost mandatory. Buying a high quality pair of shoes will pay off later on, since they can withstand more wear and tear than a cheaper pair. Make sure that the shoes you buy are made of natural materials such as leather and suede.
Use shoe trees. They protect the shoe shape and help maintaining it. Cedar shoe trees are great for absorbing moisture. Keep an eye on our shoes, especially the bottom part. The sole suffers the majority of tear and we usually just notice that they are not in good shape when is too late. To protect your soles, you can add a layer of protective rubber.
If using shoes frequently can damage them quickly, not wearing them for long periods (e.g: over a year) can also take a toll on the health of your shoes. The salt in sweat can take a toll on the leather of your shoes and it can also dry out, so make sure you take care of them regularly, if you don’t use them. You should also alternate pairs. This allows the shoes to “breathe” between uses.
Don’t forget to waterproof your shoes. A water repellent helps protecting your shoes against the elements, and it also makes them easier to clean. And while we’re at it, don’t forget to clean both the inside and outside of your shoes. We tend to forget the inside of our shoes, but if you to tackle odour, this is the best way. And, of course, don’t clean your shoes on the washing machine. It wears them out faster. Scrub the shoes by hand and polish the leather.
Finally, store them in an appropriate place - away from sunlight but not sitting on the back of your closet. Give them enough breathing room.
Did you like the tips? What other things do you do to keep your shoes in shape?