Every shoe is different. You can’t treat a sneaker the same way you’d treat Brogues. Each pair needs care but that care comes in different ways. Just a small effort can keep shoes looking sharp for a long time.
A quick tip for all shoes is to always use a shoehorn when putting shoes on. There are no excuses for this one. They come in just about every size and no one can ever own too many of them. Shoehorns prevent the heel cap from being damaged. Everyone has encountered shoes where the backs are pressed down and starts digging into your foot.
Leather – Get That Polish Out
When your new shoes arrive, take the shoelaces off and get some elbow grease on. Then with a fresh cloth start working mink oil into the leather. This oil will increase the water resistance of the the shoes and keep your feet dry. Try to apply evenly across the entire shoe – mink oil works best if left for 10 minutes after before shining with a new cloth.
Now we need to get that mirror finish. For this, oiled wax is the best way to go. Some people prefer using cloths for this step but a brush will give you far more control. Ensure the wax is evenly applied all over the shoe and take a break for another 10 minutes. The final step is to buff the shoes to the level of finish you want (or you officer wants if you’re in the military). Switch to a cloth in the later stages as it will enable a higher quality finish.
Suede shoes are a type of shoe that can degrade quickly but with minimal care one of the easiest to maintain. Here are some tips on maintenance.
- Use a Suede Brush
Just before you take your shoes off, run a suede brush over them. It is a tough material so you can be firm when brushing. The bristles work their way into the material to remove dirt and fluff-up the suede to bring back that shop finish. Then allow the shoes to breathe for a while before inserting shoe trees to maintain the shape and putting them in a shoe bag – preferably made from 100% cotton. If the shoes are wet you can prevent permanent damage by placing newspaper in them to soak up any water.
There are a few different options when cleaning canvas shoes. With the easiest and fastest route being to stick them in the washing machine. A method that risks colour loss and weakening of the glue joints that keeps the shoe in one piece. Here we will discuss hand washing as it is the most effective route for making shoes last the longest – albeit it does take a bit longer.
- Hand Washing Canvas
The procedure starts with removing the laces – these are the only element that should be put in the washing machine.
- Find a bucket or spare sink and top it up about 3/4 of the way with warm water.
- Use the same washing liquid/powder you would use for normal launsry
- Grab a brush
- Whilst holding the shoe just above the water, dip the brush in the water in the water and begin scrubbing.
- Once happy, rinse the shoes off with fresh water from the tap/hose.
- Use a cloth (or old pair of socks) to stop the shoes from dripping.
- Insert newspaper into the shoes and place in the airing cupboard – Do not use a hairdryer!
We hope this has helped you maintain your shoes and if you have any other tips be sure to share in the comment section below