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6 Ways to Care For Your Shoes

Learn how to keep your heels well-maintained with the help of these tips

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Shoes are made for walking, but when they're not on your feet, you should give them a little tender loving care. Learn how to maintain the quality of your shoes by learning how to clean it properly. Let these helpful tips guide you.

Keep these tips in mind:

Clean your shoes regularly.

Afetr using your favorite pair of shoes, it's best to clean it with a damp cloth or tissue before putting them away. This will prevent stains from sticking on your shoes.

Store shoes on an open rack by the front door.

This will help you find the pair that you want to wear easily. Shoes get to "breathe" after being worn all day, lessening the chance of mold growth. Stashing your shoes by the door and changing slippers there means you also leave behind the dirt that would otherwise contaminate the home.

Utilize plastic shoe tubs.

 This will help you identify the shoes easily when stacked inside your closet. These containers are also sturdier, so even if your piles get out of control, none of your shoes get crushed.

Create scented stuffing.

Tissue paper, when stuffed inside your shoes, can help absorb excess moisture and help keep their shape. Mixing in used or unused fabric softener sheets may minimize odor and add a fresh scent, too.

Use baking soda.

A sprinkle of baking soda inside stinky rubber shoes will help get rid of that post-workout odor. For a less messy method, put the white powder in tiny pouches made of scraps of cotton fabric and ribbon that you can neatly slip in and out of your sneakers.

Add protective rubber taps.

Rubber toe taps are great for protecting pointed heels. If possible, install it before new shoes are worn. 

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

How-to:

How to clean patent leather heels:

  1. Use a soft cloth and a homemade solution of vinegar and water, to prevent cracks from your shoes.
  2. If cracks appear, use a leather conditioner or use a cushion shoe sharper.

RL Tip: Use a little bit of olive oil to prevent  the leather from cracking, especially if they're used in extreme weather conditions or stored for a long time.

How to clean suede shoes:

  1. Use a sponge with a suede conditioner to lightly dab the material.  
  2. If there are stains in your shoe, use a brass-wire brush to remove dirt or mud.

Learn more tips on shoe care here. 

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

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