Some TLC for your shoes and boots

February 26, 2014


The winter months can be tough on your shoes and boots and this winter has been no exception. In fact, with all the snow, sleet, rain and resulting salt and sand, this winter has been tougher than most.

What’s a girl to do to revive her footwear collection and make them live to see another winter?? Here are some helpful tips and tricks:

winter boots before and after

Add a rubber sole to shoes and boots with leather ones.

The rubber sole will not only increase traction, but it will keep the leather sole from soaking up damaging water.

Wipe off salt stains ASAP.

With a damp cloth, wipe off those unsightly salt lines after a day of use.

Invest in shoe polish and wipe down shoes and boots every few weeks.

Pick up the colors you need at your local cobbler or shoe store and apply with a rag while watching TV on a lazy Sunday. Can’t find an exact match?? Grab a color-less polish and give your footwear some much-needed moisture without the dye.

Keep tall boots stuffed to deter from the creation of unsightly creases in-between wears.

Roll up paper shopping bags or tall magazines and slide them inside.

Reapply heel covers when they fall or wear off.

Walking on soles without these covers is not only tough on the ears (clickety-clack, clickety-clack), but it also exposes your footwear to incredible damage since the leather no longer has a buffer in-between itself and the ground.

At the end of the season, take all of your well-loved footwear to the cobbler for new soles, patched holes and a professional grade polish.

This investment is worth every penny as it will extend the life of your shoes and boots by months and, sometimes, even years.

Store stuffed in a cool, dry area in the off-season.

And, voila!, your shoes and boots will be ready for F/W 2014!

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