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BOIS, we spend way too much money on our shoes not to take care of them. If you own leather shoes, here are some simple ways to take care of them posted by Paul Parkman. Your leather shoes could last you a lifetime if you take care of them.
Shoe Care 101
- Shine your shoes after you buy them and before you buy them and before you wear them. Shine them regularly for as long as you own them.
- When you remove your shoes, insert a cedar shoe tree to draw out inner moisture and reshape the leather.
- Remove a salt stain as quickly as possible by lightly applying a mixture of 2/3 water. 1/3 vinegar with a rag. Wiping off with clean dap rag and drying with a towel.
- Waterproof your shoes with mink oil (may darken the color of the leather). A wax-based polish (light protection) or a speciality waterproofing compound (heavier protection).
- Clean your shoes regularly to remove dirt, stains, and layers of built-up polish. Use a speciality leather cleaner, saddle soap. Murphy’s Oil Soap, or Ivory soap and avoid products that contain detergents or acids.
- To keep your shoes from drying out, every few months apply a speciality moisturizing conditioner or buff in a dab or petroleum jelly.
- If your shoes are wet, stuff them with newspaper or small towel to draw out the moisture. Replace the paper towels periodically as they get saturated. Never place your shoes near A head source; this can dry out and crack the leather.
- Remove scuff marks by rubbing the scuff with non-gel toothpaste. Rinse, wipe, and let dry.
- If your shoe manufacturer has this option, when your shoes becomes really worn out, send them back to the manufacturer for refurbishing or resoling instead of buying a new pair.
The vinegar/water solution has been literally saving my boots from the salt this winter