To ensure that your leather footwear doesn’t lose its lustre, spend a few minutes every weekend to shine your shoes. Polishing your shoes may seem like a chore, but if you love them as much as we love ours, this ritual is almost therapeutic and ensures that you give your week a gleaming start come Monday.
Shoe trees are essential. They draw out any moisture that can ruin your shoes and help maintain their structure. Before you pick up a shoe tree for every pair you own, remember that you need only a couple. Place the tree inside your shoes for only an hour or two after you take them off. Once this period is over, your shoes will hold their shape even without the shoe tree. Also ensure that you pick an unpolished shoe tree. Ones that are coated with a varnish don’t absorb moisture quite as well as uncoated ones.
Unlike most materials, suede shoes gather stains, dirt and dust much faster. Water and cleaning solutions often leave behind stains and ruin the appearance of your precious footwear. Instead of risking wrecking your shoes, invest in a suede eraser that helps get rid of dust and dirt accumulation.
If your day requires you to constantly be on your feet, a waterproof spray is a must-have. Whether it’s monsoon or not, chances of you stepping into a puddle or being at the receiving end of a splash are high. Spray your dress shoes with a waterproof spray to ensure that they are in top shape all year round.
After polishing your shoes a couple of times, be sure to use saddle soap to clean them. This gets rid of accumulated dirt and polish. Doing this once every few weeks ensures that the next time you polish your shoes you have a clean slate to begin with, and that you aren’t merely rubbing dirt in with a liberal layer of polish.
Written By : Shirley Mistry