Shoes! They’re more than just something to cover your feet, they’re imperative to our daily comfort and provide a chance to express yourself. We spend a lot of time in them and a lot of money on them, so it makes complete sense to look after your much-loved shoes. These 10 top tips are going to help you prolong the life of your favourite footwear.
1. Cleaning your white sneakers
There’s nothing quite like crisp white sneakers. But they won’t stay white for long without regular cleaning. All you need is a solution of one part bleach and five parts water, a pair of gloves and an old toothbrush. Simply dip the brush in the solution and give your sneakers a light scrub. Should you spill any and quickly need to know about bleach stain removal you can click here for more information.
2. Rotate your footwear
A good rule of thumb is to give your shoes a break and wear a different pair every other day, particularly if they’re in constant use. Switching them up and rotating will certainly extend their life.
3. Hide damage with decoration
It’s inevitable that you’ll get some damage, but what happens when you want to keep your favourite pair? Instead of throwing away, try embellishing them with decals or even a fancy brooch.
4. Safe Storage
The last thing you want to do with your favourite pair of shoes is ruin them because of poor storage. Put them away somewhere they’ve got room to breathe so they’re not under pressure from other shoes, and away from anything that could scratch.
5. Water proofing
Water damage is a one-way ticket to ruined shoes! You can protect them though, if they are not already waterproofed, by applying a specialist spray.
6. Invest for the long term
The term ‘you get what you pay for’ is so true when it comes to footwear. If you want shoes that’ll look good and last for a long time, you’ll need to invest. It’s all relative, but the more you can spend the longer they should survive.
7. Visit the professionals
It’s really important to protect the soles of your footwear, but there may be occasions when you just can’t. That doesn’t mean a cobbler couldn’t, however. So if you love the shoes, seek their advice before throwing away.
8. Use newspaper
Not for news, but to dry out your shoes. Not just that, though; stuffing your shoes with newspaper will also help maintain their shape and alleviate odour.
9. Clean and buff smart shoes
We’ve mentioned the need to clean sneakers regularly to keep them sparkling, and the same goes for smart shoes. When you see any marks give them a wipe down and a polish as soon as you can.
10. How to pack shoes
Protecting your shoes when packing for holiday involves keeping them separate and maintaining their form. Use a bag to keep them covered and place rolled up socks inside so they keep their shape.
Now you know how to look after your shoes you can look forward to loving them for longer!