Good shoes take you places!
Dear Men of the Corporate World, doing everything to stay in the limelight, hope your shoes are also getting the right attention. Leather shoe care has some basic rules which usually get neglected because of lack of awareness. To stand out, it is essential not just to wear the right pair, but also take care of them properly.
So here are some shoe (leather) care tips exclusively for I’mforStyle followers!
5 Step Men’s Guide to Leather Shoe Care
KEEP YOUR SHOES IN GOOD SHAPE!
The first shoe care tip is keeping a ‘Shoe Tree’ in your leather shoe while storing helps prevent it from wrinkling and creasing. There are many varieties of shoe trees available in the market, but the best one to use is a Cedar-shoe tree as it helps absorption of moisture and sweat odours.
GIVE YOUR SHOES A DAY OFF!
For long-life of your leather shoes wear them on alternate days by rotating them with another pair. This will help retain shape and release the stress off the leather. Do not forget to place the shoe tree when the shoe is not in use.
SMELLY SHOES-SMELLY SHOES…WHY AREN’T THEY DRYING YOU!
To remove sweat odour and smell from your pair of leathers let them dry naturally at room temperature or in shade. Do not place in direct sunlight or in front of the heater as the leather may turn hard and brittle.
‘Shoe freshener’ sachets are also a good alternate. Place these small non-woven aroma filled pouches in your shoes at night and by morning the sachets will absorb bad smell and pass on their fresh fragrance.
NEW SHOE MAY BITE!
On initial 5 days wear your newly bought pair for only 3-5 hours daily. This will ease the stress off this untamed new pair on your feet as well as help the shoe leather to stretch and memorise your foot shape.
EASE THE SHOE WEARING PROCESS!
Use a ‘Shoe Horn’ ( a curved instrument for easing one’s heel into a shoe.) while forcing the heel into the cramped little area. This helps prevent the heel collar from regular wear and tear.
Another way to ease the shoe wearing process is to loosen all the strings and open up the shoe wide enough to get your feet in comfortably without stressing the shoe- then tighten the strings and you are ready to go.
Lastly, avoid storing your shoes in boxes for long as it tends deteriorate the material… especially in moist and humid weather.
Do take care for your leather shoes…and don’t forget…
Good shoes will take you places!