Practice Shoe Rotation
Never wear the same pair two days in a row. Given a chance to dry out, your shoes will last twice as long.
How Shoe Trees Can Help
Your shoes were built on a wooden last which molded the leather into shape. Shoe trees can keep them that way. Cedar trees work the best, for the wood from which they are made absorbs both moisture and foot odor. Insert the larger portion well into the toe box and push on the metal stem to press the tree snugly into the shoe.
How to Waterproof Your Shoes
It’s best to waterproof your shoes right out of the box. First, get the right product for your shoes’ material. Remove shoelaces and clean the shoes thoroughly. Now, have at it.
What to Do if Your Shoes Get Wet
Wet shoes can turn moldy, so they must be dried as soon as possible. Stuff your shoes with newspaper to help them retain their shape. Now, dry away from heat to prevent shrinkage.
How to Polish Your Shoes the Army Way
A polished shoe is a polished you. Here’s how the military does it.
Remove dirt with a dampened cloth and apply the polish with a circular motion, using a brush or soft cloth. Let the shoes rest for a few minutes, in the sun if possible, so the leather can absorb the polish. Finally, spray with a fine mist of water and polish dry with a cloth or bristle brush.
Repeat the process until you can see yourself in your shoes, then buff with cotton cloth or pantyhose.
How a Shoehorn Can Save Your Heels
You may think it’s quicker just to stuff your feet inside, but your shoes will be grateful if you use a shoehorn, instead. Just insert the blade against the heel and place your foot into the shoe. Now, press your heel onto the shoehorn as you rock the instrument forward. Your foot will slide right in.
Why Quality Shoes are a Better Buy
Good shoes are not only healthier for your feet, but also kinder to your pocketbook. It’s cheaper to buy one pair of expensive shoes that you’ll wear for several years than three cheaper pairs that will only last a few months each.