How to maintain and care for leather shoes?
Why do leather shoes need to be looked after?
If you’re a calceophile (a shoeaholic, in other words), then you’ll no doubt be keen to look after yours properly, in order to lengthen their lifespan. Shoe care is particularly crucial when it comes to leather shoes.
Leather is a natural material that develops an elegant patina over time, as long as it’s cared for properly. However, if you don’t know how to look after it, it can become fragile and suffer irreversible damage. Excellent reasons to learn how to pamper your precious dress shoes.
A few basic tips
Regular care guarantees the durability of your shoes. While certain shoe care products and techniques are real must-haves if you want to keep your leather shoes in good condition, the first thing you can do to ensure their durability is adopt a few simple yet effective habits:
Leather is a natural, living textile, and as such it needs to rest between wearings, so that in can dry out properly and not form creases.
Wooden shoe trees are essential for well maintained shoes, as they allow any moisture to be absorbed, thus avoiding the formation of unpleasant odours. They also help your shoes keep their original shape.
Polishing leather shoes: how to go about it
Polishing leather shoes is much more than just another job to do: it’s a real ritual! Many fans of good shoes find it relaxing, meditative even, not to mention the satisfaction of having shoes that are clean and shiny as a new pin again.
To shine your leather shoes, you’ll need various shoe care products and accessories:
- A set of unvarnished softwood shoe trees
- A soft, clean cloth,
- A wax brush and shoe polish,
- A brush,
- And a polishing mitt
Before you start, put your leather shoes on the shoe trees and tie the laces, so that the shoes keep their shape while you polish them.
5. How often should you polish your shoes?
For particularly smart pairs that are worn less often, remember to polish them each time you’ve worn them. Then a quick shine just before putting them on will make them nice and shiny again.