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7 Ways to Care for Your Shoes

They keep your feet stylish and protected, so it's only fitting that you give your shoes a bit of care, too

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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. Let these helpful tips guide you.

Styling by Kat Von Einsiedel. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Best Foot Forward") in the October 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-living/id553158056?mt=8) now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.  

Store frequently used 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.

Use 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.

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.

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 shoetrees.

Shoes can shrink or change shape when stored in a box for a long time. For shoes you know to be susceptible to these, get a few pairs of shoetrees. You can also use these to stretch shoes that are just a little bit on the tight side.

Give your shoes a little TLC.

Wipe them down with a clean rag dipped in a little bit of olive oil (not necessarily extra virgin). This will prevent the leather from cracking, especially if they're used in extreme weather conditions or stored for a long time.

Use rolled-up newspaper to keep your tall boots from slouching when stored.

This will help keep their shape --- thereby conserving shelf space because the paper keeps the boots upright.

For tips on how to organize your shoes, check out https://www.realliving.com.ph/tips-and-guides/organizing-shoes-in-small-spaces.

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