Are you ever guilty of neglecting your shoes? Us too. Between work and play, there’s barely a spare moment to give them some well-deserved attention.
But to keep yours like new, it’s about quality rather than quantity. Give them a proper clean just every now and then and your shoes could last forever.
Step one – Clean and polish the leather
Clean your shoes or boots with a shoe brush and wipe them with a damp cloth to remove any embedded dirt. Don’t forget the soles! Remove the shoelaces to avoid staining them and use a pencil eraser to eliminate scuff marks.
Step two – Time to Shine
Select a polish that matches the colour of your shoes. For best results, first rub the polish or cream into the shoe, applying evenly with a brush or soft cloth.
Step three – Buff
Once the polish has completely dried, buff the shoes using a natural-bristle brush. Make sure to use a separate brush for each leather colour.
Step four – Maintain the shape
Store leather shoes on stretchers in their original boxes to maintain their shapes. Alternatively, stuff the toecap with newspaper or tissue. For boots, use boot shapers for the shaft and stuff the toe with newspaper. Never store or dry leather shoes near a radiator or other direct heat, as this can damage the leather.
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