You’re proud of that new pair of Ara shoes and rightfully so. Along with enjoying the way they look on your feet, you want to make sure they last for a long time. Follow these tips and preserving the look and the performance of your new shoes will be a breeze.
Tip 1: Know the Material
Dress shoes offered by different companies may be constructed using a number of materials. Depending on the brand, those materials may include:
- synthetic leather, sometimes called PU leather
In order to keep the shoes at their best, you need to know which materials are used to make your shoes. You’ll find that a quality manufacturer always lists the materials and may even provide some suggestions for the type of cleaning agents to use.
Tip 2: Rotate At Least Two Pair
One of the mistakes that many people make is purchasing a pair of shoes for work and then wearing them every day. You need to rotate them in order to get the most wear from them. Rotate a minimum of two pair. It would not hurt to have three pair that you can rotate from day to day. Never wear the same pair two days in a row.
See this as a practical reason for keeping three or four pairs of dress shoes on hand at all times. The right online shoe retailer will have a selection of styles and colours that fit right in with the office dress code and you can find some great deals on higher quality footwear.
Tip 3: Shoe Trees Are Good Things
Dumping your shoes on the closet floor may be easy, but it doesn’t help extend the life of those shoes. A shoe tree is a better choice. These shaped blocks help to maintain the contours of the shoes even when they are not being worn. They also help to smooth out creases that may appear with some shoe materials. You can opt for wood like cedar to help counter some of the stale scent that can collect in shoes that you wear all day long.
Tip 4: Waterproof the Shoes or Boots
Just about any type of shoe material can be waterproofed or at least treated to be water resistant. There are sprays that you can use yourself. Choosing to spray the shoes after you shine and buff the material will make it easier to keep them looking nice, even if you had to trudge through an unexpected rain storm to get to work.
Tip 5: A Shoe Brush Still Makes Sense
Shoe brushes may seem old fashioned, but they are one of the most helpful tools you could ever own. The bristles on most are soft enough to not scratch the material, but are sturdy enough to pick up tiny particles of residue and remove them from the shoe surface.
You can also use the brush to apply any type of cleaning agent. Remember the spray on waterproofing agent? Spray the shoe brush bristles and then gently buff the shell. The brush helps to ensure the coating is even.
Tip 6: Remember to Clean the Insides Too
When most people think of shoe maintenance, the emphasis is on the outside. Always take the time to clean the inside of the shoe. The right cleaning agent will help keep the material supple, eliminate odors, and in general prevent the shoe from wearing out prematurely.
You spend good money for higher quality shoes. Why not get the most from them? Learn to care for the footwear properly and they will serve you well for years to come.