Shoes are an essential component of a well put-together outfit, which is why you bother spending time and money purchasing the perfect pair. Although high quality shoes are not cheap, you truly get what you pay for when it comes to footwear and the cost of purchasing a good pair of leather shoes is worth it.
As long as you treat your shoes well, they will last much longer than a cheaper pair made of less durable materials. Once you purchase a high-quality pair, however, you need to know how to take care of them.
Here are a few pointers to get your started:
You should polish leather shoes with a wax-based polish to achieve the maximum shine and make the leather pop. Start by removing any excess dirt from the outside of your shoes with a damp rag or cloth. Use a welt brush (a small brush with stiff bristles) to scrub the welt strip on both of your shoes. Next, apply the shoe polish all over the shoes using a horsehair polishing brush; rub the polish in vigorously using a circular motion.
The longer your rub in the polish, the better your results will be. Once everything is worked in, let the shoes rest for a few minutes until the polish has dried. To finish off, shine the shoes by buffing them with a polishing brush or cloth.
In addition to maintaining your shoes’ shine with the occasional polishing, you should store your shoes using shoe trees. If you don’t know what show trees are, you’re missing out. They help your shoes maintain their form and proper shape while drying after being worn. The best material for a shoe tree is cedar (unfurnished) as it best absorbs moisture from your leather shoes. The prime time to use a shoe tree is immediately after you remove a pair of shoes; ideally, leave the shoe tree in place for several hours.