Shoes have the ability to make or break an outfit and how others perceive you – so keeping them in pristine condition is a must.
We’ve all been there. You purchase a new pair of shoes, and at first, you clean off every little smudge – until your busy schedule gets in the way and you forget to care for the shoes that get you from A to B.
Caring for and cleaning your dress shoes
Shoe Polish – a good shoe polish will prolong the lifespan of your leather shoes, ensuring that they always look new.
Waterproofing – when it rains, salt can penetrate your leather or suede shoes and cause permanent stains. This may also lead to cracking if exposed to excessive moisture. So if you live in a rainy climate, we highly recommend that you waterproof your dress shoes. Once a month should do the trick, but if you notice that water stops running off the surface, then it’s time for a new coat.
Brushing – gently brushing your shoes will remove debris and dirt off of the surface.
Shoe Trees – placing a shoe tree inside your dress shoe will help preserve their shape and lengthen the lifespan.
Shoe Horn – dress shoes are usually stiff, which is where a shoe horn will come in handy. This will help prevent the back of your shoes getting bent when you put them on.
Leather dress shoes
If cared for correctly, leather shoes can last a lifetime. Leather shoes are most likely your trusted going out, work and special occasion shoes, which means that are subject to so much wear and tear. That’s why you need to show them some love. Here’s a quick step by step guide to caring for your leather dress shoes:
- Gently brush your leather shoes with a horsehair brush to remove any dust or debris
- Wipe the shoes with a warm sponge to make the leather more porous
- Apply a waterproofing compound
- Lastly, apply shoe polish in a circular motion until you get a shine
Additionally, condition your shoes once a month to moisten the leather and prevent cracking.
Despite what you may think, keeping your suede shoes clean and crisp doesn’t require all that much effort. With a bit of regular upkeep, you can keep them looking box-fresh. Here’s how to take care of your suede shoes:
- Use a suede protector to protect your shoes from stains (suede stains easily, so clean any spills on them immediately)
- Use a suede brush to gently clean off any dirt and stains
- Spray the shoes monthly with a waterproofing solution (suede shoes do not like water)
For stains that have already set in, try using a solution of two parts water and one part vinegar to try and reverse the damage.
On that note
Even the most expensive shoes in the world won’t do anything for you in the long run if they are neglected. Always pay more attention to your dress shoes, because everyone else is.