There are an endless number of reasons why leather shoes remain the preferred choice compared to other footwear materials. Some of these include flexibility, durability and of course, good looks. One of the problems with owning a stunning pair of leather shoes is that they can be expensive. So, to get the best return on your investment, you might want to make every effort to ensure they last longer.
There are a few factors that contribute to your leather shoes losing shape, but moisture may be the biggest problem. However, here are some clever tricks to help you preserve your favourite footwear.
Use these tricks to make your leather shoes last longer.
1) Dry Feet Only
Remember to always wipe your feet with a towel before wearing shoes. They should be dry before you put your leather shoes on.
2) Maintain the Shape
Stuff some crumpled newspaper in your shoes when you’re not wearing them. That'll absorb any moisture and help in retaining the original shape of your leather shoes.
3) Don’t Wash Leather Shoes
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You should never wash your leather shoes. It can cause fungus to form on it and damage the sole as well as the glue that keeps the shoe intact. It can also make your shoe look worn out. Instead, use a shoe brush to dust off any dirt.
4) Maintain Shine
Once you’re back home, wipe your shoes immediately, then polish them when you have time. Once the polish dries, buff them with a rag to remove any excess product.
These tips are simple and really effective. If followed regularly, they can help you preserve your leather shoes for years.