Follow some of these handy tips to extend the life of your shoes:
- Use Cedar Shoe Trees
Cedar shoes trees can extend the life of your leather shoes up to three times their expected life span. They draw moisture out of try our shoes; re-awaken the shoe’s natural structural memory; and prevent the leather from wrinkling and cracking.
- Use a Shoe Horn
Use a shoe horn when putting on shoes to prevent the heel collar and counter from breaking down. Never force feet into the shoes. Shoe horns are available in our store.
- Give Shoes a Rest
Leather shoes should have one full day to dry out from natural foot perspiration and should not be worn on two consecutive days.
Add Protective Soles
Adding a rubber sole protector prolongs the life of your shoes. Stylishly thin, this rubber top sole protects the outer sole from wear and tear. Water resistant and skid proof, protective soles will greatly increase the life of leather soled shoes.
The first thing to consider is that shoes should be waxed or oiled to repel water. The less water absorbed by leather, the longer it will last and the more comfortable you’ll be. Wet leather will stretch and weaken, shrinking and becoming brittle as it dries.
Keep Shoes Away from Direct Heat
Always keep shoes away from direct heat to prevent the leather from drying out. Leather should always dry naturally.
Properly Dry Shoes
If your shoes get soaked, they should be dried as soon as possible with room temperature, dry air (Between 70-95 degrees Fahrenheit or 20-35 degrees Centigrade). Do not place them near a heater. If you’re in a situation where you can’t properly dry your boots, wear them in a dry area until they can dry out a bit before you take them off. The best technique is to ensure that dry, room temperature air can circulate inside the boots.
If you let the boots sit in a wet condition for days without drying out, they can become moldy. This isn’t good for the boot, and mold or mildew is nearly impossible to get rid of.
Use a Shoe Bag for Travel
Shoe bags prevent the soiling from getting in touch with your clothing. If you turn a shoe bag inside out, you can use it as a shoe mitt. We stock shoe bags by Shoe Sox.
Salt on Shoes
Damaging white salt marks should be rinsed off immediately with a 50/50 mixture of white distilled vinegar and water. Wipe dry, and follow the directions for wet shoes. Have a tough salt stain? Have us take a look!
Stretch Tight Shoes
Stretching is a very effective and an inexpensive way to enjoy your shoes. We have a range of shoe stretching machines allowing us to stretch your shoes where they hurt. Stretching is also a great relief for people who suffer from bunions or corns. For optimal stretch, allow us 24-hours to stretch each shoe.
Swap Out New Heel Tips
Many high-heeled shoes come with weak heel tips that wear down or snap off quickly. Let us help you swap out those heel tips for something more durable and you’ll get more mileage out of them.
Avoid Driving in High Heels
The pressure on your heels from driving can cause heels or shanks to weaken and break. Heels weakened at the shank are rarely repairable. Store a spare pair of slip on flat shoes in your car to extend the life of your favorite pair of heels.