How to take care of formal shoes
Nothing is worse than buying an expensive pair of dress shoes (read work shoes), only to find them completely wrecked a few months later. And, unlike work boots, your dress shoes do not look better for the wear. So here are a few simple things you can do to keep your leather footwear looking (and smelling) brand new.
Polishing your shoes
Make sure you polish your shoes right after you buy them and just before you wear them. Use a wax based polish and shine them regularly. Occasionally buff them with Vaseline as this will keep them from drying out.
-remove dirt with a damp cloth
-Apply the polish in a circular motion
-Buff them with a polishing brush.
You can remove scratches by rubbing them with toothpaste and then wiping it off with a damp cloth. (toothpaste doesn’t suit certain types of leather so exercise caution)
A wax based polish will make your shoes somewhat waterproof but if you see some serious puddles in your future, consider using beeswax.
Don’t use a hairdryer on your shoes if they get wet. Instead, scrunch up newspaper and put it inside them. Remove it when it gets moist and replace it with fresh newspaper.
Salt stains are the bane of leather shoes! If they do get stained, apply a mixture of water and vinegar with a damp cloth and dry them off.
If you have smelly shoes the simplest solution is replacing your insoles.
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