Shoes and boots are great investments as they can dress up or dress down your outfits while keeping you comfortable and fashionable. A great thing, you can keep your shoes looking as great as the day you bought them. Since shoes take care of reputation, it pays to take care of them too, so keep on reading for the 6 genius tricks to make your shoes and boots last longer.
- Have two or three investment pairs that can go anywhere, but don’t wear everywhere.
While some classic staples and utility shoes are worth the investment, you have to care for them properly so they’ll last longer. Women can save on classic pumps, the rigors of daily use will wear them down no matter how much they cost. So, have two or three investment pairs that can go anywhere, but that you don’t wear everywhere. Like fashion blogger Mary Orton, have a pair of shoes that you’ll save for dressy occasions like parties, celebrations, weddings, or even special nights out, and not when you’re pounding the pavement from nine to five.
- Don’t let them get dull.
Keep your leather shoes in top shape by polishing and conditioning them as soon as they start to look dull and worn. “Cream polish, in a neutral color, is best for shining shoes since wax can dry out leather,” says Joe Rocco, owner of Jim’s Shoe Repair in New York City. Also, say goodbye to salt stains by removing them with a solution that’s one part vinegar, three parts water. Then, let the shoe dry naturally and don’t use a hair dryer as it will only damage the leather.
- Waterproof your shoes immediately.
An unexpected shower doesn’t have to ruin your leather shoes. So, before taking a new pair outdoors, spray them with a waterproofing compound. For women’s heels and flats, test the back end of the shoe on the side that is closest to your big toe. Once you’re confident in the product, apply it according to the directions on the bottle.
- Don’t try to outsmart the weather.
If it’s supposed to rain or snow, wear the appropriate footwear. Just in case you get caught in an unexpected downpour, remove excess moisture and keep the shape of your shoes by stuffing them with newspaper. However, avoid placing them near a radiator or heat source as it will only dry them out, increases the chance of the leather cracking. Also, avoid wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row as they need time to air out and recover their shape.
- Bring the shoe to a professional.
Your local cobbler can likely fix many of your shoe-repair woes. Most can fix a slippery sole, a broken heel or heel cap, stiff insoles, smelliness, dullness, strap length on sandals, and boot width on boots. Just take your shoes to a professional to make them look as good as new again.
- Keep your boots’ shape by storing them with boot trees or stuffed newspaper.
Stop your boots from wilting by storing them with boot trees or stuffed newspaper. Also, store other types of shoes on a shoe rack with enough space in between each shoe so they aren’t touching, which could lead to a color transfer. By heeding our tricks, you’ll be able to make your favorite shoes and boots last longer.