A Basic Guide to Caring for Your Shoes

Oct 1, 2013 by

As any shoe collector knows, there is nothing quite as satisfying as having a wide selection of good quality footwear. This of course means that they can pick out a pair of shoes to suit any outfit for any occasion with complete style and confidence.

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For many professional women, fashion dictates that they must have a certain amount of shoes, even if they are not really the avid collector type. This is due to the fact that most high fashion outfits require certain colours and designs of shoe to get the best contrast and effect.

One thing that everyone has in common though, is the need to take care of their shoes and keep them looking clean and well maintained. This is something that takes a little time and care but is something that has to be done to keep them looking fresh and new.

To help you understand more about basic shoe maintenance we have compiled a list of the most important things you need to remember and do, to keep your shoes in tip top showroom condition.

1. Wet Shoes

In the UK, wet shoes can become almost a daily occurrence over the long winter months. This can damage a shoe if they are not correctly dried. The best method of drying is to stuff them with old newspaper and leave them in a warm room. Remember not to place directly in front of direct heat as this can cause cracking.

2. Regular Polishing

Regular polishing can significantly lengthen the life of a pair of leather shoes. All that you need to do is clean the shoe with a soft cloth and then apply polish with either a brush or a polishing cloth in a slow circular motion. When the polish is dried it can be buffed to perfection with a shining brush. The whole process can be completed within twenty minutes, leaving you with a pair of clean shiny shoes.

3. Repairs

Good quality pairs of shoes are always worth repairing. The most common repair is to the heel, which either wears down or on high-heeled shoes can start to peel. A good cobbler can fix a heel very quickly and the shoe will be restored to its former glory.

4. Welts

The welt of a shoe is the join between the uppers and the sole. It is important to keep this area clean and free from any grit or dirt. To clean this area you will need a welt brush or failing that an old tooth brush. Regular cleaning of the welt can increase the longevity of your shoes and they will also look cleaner too.

5. Fabric shoes

You can regularly clean fabric shoes by merely putting them in the washing machine for a short cycle. When they are done you just need to stuff them with old newspaper so that they retain their shape. Most people tend to wash their shoes in the warmer months so that they can dry quicker.

6. Sole Dressing

The edge of your soles can take quite a few impacts over the course of a week or two. If you look closely you will see lots of small scuffmarks around the edging of the sole. This can be easily touched up with some edge dressing polish. Just apply it with a cloth, wait until it is dry, then buff up with a clean cloth.

Shoe maintenance is something that should be carried out at least once a week. This will ensure that your shoes will stay pristine and look as good as the day you decided to buy them.

About the Author:

Grey Siren in London is a women fashion company that is dedicated to providing the latest styles in ladies footwear. They also have a selection of accessories, including necklaces and bracelets.

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