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Top Tips for Shoe Care You Should Know

Katherine Mosquera
 March 19, 2018
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We wash our clothes and fold it neatly away, but what about the shoes that we wear on a daily basis? From knowing how to clean suede shoes, to the best ways to store leather footwear, there are many ways in which you can care for your shoes that will ensure that you get the best durability out of them, and that they look just as good a year down the line as the day you bought them. Here are five top tips that you should know when it comes to caring for your shoes.

1. Give your shoes a “day off”

This is especially important for leather shoes. No matter how well you look after your feet, they will sweat inside your shoes. Giving your shoes the day off will allow them to air and dry out; which in turn will help them to last longer. Just swap your usual favourites for a lesser-worn pair and alternate so they both get equal wear and that one favourite pair doesn’t get wrecked too quickly.

2. Dry your shoes at room temperature: DO NOT add heat

Heat is not your friend when it comes to keeping your shoes in good condition for longer. If your shoes have been out in the rain the best way to dry them out is away from radiators and fan heaters which can cause leather to become brittle and adhesive to lose its stick. Instead, leave your shoes in a well-ventilated area of your home to air dry, or outside if the weather is warm - but as with most things, keep them away from direct sunlight.

3. Use the right cleaning gear

Using a suede or leather brush to clean off dust and debris from shoes will keep them looking fresh and in the best condition, whilst the right polish and conditioner help the shoe retain the right level of moisture and keep the material as supple as the day you bought it. Doing this every so often will mean that you don’t end up doing a big clean after a little too much dirt has accumulated or the leather has become too scuffed.

4. Use a Cedar shoe tree to keep your shoe in shape

Cedar not only helps to draw out excess moisture from your shoes but popping a shoe tree into your shoes when you take them off at the end of the day will help to keep them in shape for the next time you wear them.

5. Replace your insoles

The insole of your shoes is bound to take a bit of a beating, especially in shoes that are designed for you to wear them without socks. Replacing the insole will help you to keep your shoes smelling fresh for longer; but beware as it will mean that your shoes will need ‘breaking in’ again.

BONUS TIP:

Because we’re feeling generous, here’s one extra tip, and it’s about how to store your footwear. Now we know shoes don’t like heat, they also don’t like cold, so the best way to store them is somewhere dark, cool, and well aerated. To improve the air conditions when you store your shoes, you may want to consider a dehumidifier or a Solenco Mini Cupboard Dehumidifier.
 
So whether you needed to know how to clean suede shoes, or the best way to store your shoes in the right conditions, these top five tips should point you in the right direction to keeping your feet happy and your shoes looking and feeling better for longer.

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