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Monday, March 28, 2011

Caring for Your Shoes Properly

I bet you got your own favorite pair of shoes. To keep them looking at their best and better prolong their life, here are some helpful tips.

If you'll do a lot of walking for the shoes, you might want to take that to a cobbler after buying them and ask him to put a thin layer of rubber on the souls.
Most shoe repair shops sell water proofing spray for leathers or suede as well, and when you have them, spray shoes at least 6 inches away. Spraying it too close to a leather shoe can cause spotting and may dry out the leather.

Leather shoes should be cleaned at least once a month with a flannel cloth. Use the cloth with a cream designed to keep leather moist, leave cream on shoes for few minutes, then wipe it dry.
For suede, use a brush (old toothbrush or nail brush) down the shoe in one direction. Avoid metal brushes as they can be too abrasive.

You can dry clean your shoes that have silk, satin or other cloth shoes that get dirty.

The small piece at the bottom of the heel (heel lift) can wear down to the nail, making them irreparably damaged. SO, be sure to replace them before that happens.

Wear rubber boots during bad weather. If you get caught in the rain, put leather shoes in a warm place to dry as soon as you get home. Place it close to the heater but not on it. When shoes are dry, rub them with conditioning cream and put in shoe trees to regain their shape.
Stick to patent leather if you should wear your heels in the rain.

Store your shoes right by keeping them in their boxes if you have enough space. Otherwise, hanging shoe organizers will work out fine. Don't pile up shoes on the floor of your closet since any sort of weight will deform them.
Use shoe trees to keep them in shape, while fabric shoe trees are perfect for heels and high-heeled boots, and cedar ones are best for flats. They absorb moisture and odor.