SHOE CARE GUIDE:
Care For Your Leather Shoes
Handy tips & tricks to properly care for your favourite footwear
Take a peek into your shoe cabinet and chances are most of them are crafted in leather. Afterall, leather shoes are durable and made to last with proper shoe care, you can further extend its lifespan.
Here’s a 6 steps DIY essential leather shoe care routine (with bonus tips) that will ensure your favourite pair stays in top notch condition all time.
Step 1: Good cleaning habits
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Treat it just like your own skin! Just like your skincare regiment, leather shoes need the tender loving care of cleaning, moisturising and storing.
On a weekly basis, keep your shoes looking brand new by cleaning off excess dirt with a soft, dry cloth. For leather that has a glossy finish, use mild soap and a damp cloth to wipe its surface.
Step 2: Proper Storage
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Storage plays an imperative part on the lifespan of your shoes. Air your pair for a day or two, away from direct sunlight or heat and at room temperature before keeping them away. Store them appropriately in your shoe rack or a well-ventilated space away from the sun and heat. Go the extra mile and invest in a shoe tree that has a split toe and a large, shaped heel to retain the shoe shape and reduce creases.
Step 3: Put your Shoe Bag to use
At PAZZION, every pair of footwear purchase comes accompanied with a complimentary shoe bag. Before you throw them away, here’s something you ought to know.
These shoe bags can help to shield the shoes from sunlight and potentially damaging dust particles. It is ideal to store leather shoes in shoe bags to keep them in pristine condition.
Step 4: Condition and Moisturise
As tough as leather might be, it is recommended that you condition your leather shoes every month to moisturise and soften the leather especially if you live in a warm climate region to prevent them from cracking and drying out.
Gently rub the leather conditioner into your leather shoes and let the hide gradually soak up the moisture and ensure the entire surface has been covered.
Step 5: Use a toothbrush
Save this hack for your travels and you’ll be surprised how clean your leather shoes will remain! Use a clean toothbrush to gently brush the dust and dirt off your leather shoes and voila – you’re good to go!
Step 6: Inject New Life to your pair
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Bonus Tips For Shoe Care
- Before your first wear, condition your smooth leather shoes right from the onset which will give your pair the best protection and save you precious time in future maintenance.
- Waterproof your footwear especially in wet weather conditions to deter water damage to your leather shoes. If your shoe interior is damp, stuff newspaper to quicken the drying process. Once done, dehumidify with silica beads to absorb the moisture from the leather and prevent weakening of the lining.
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