Caring For Your Kicks
If you are a true Sneakerhead, then you are aware of the importance of understanding your kicks and how each pair has a different upkeep routine. For instance, you would never treat a pair of suede Oxfords the same way you would treat a pair of Nike Airs. However, buying a nice pair of shoes is only the first “step.” Every pair of shoes needs proper care and maintenance depending on the material it is made from. If you put the time and effort into taking care of your kicks, they will have a long, useful life. Here are a few ways to take care of your shoe collection.
Polish Leather Frequently
As soon as you get home from the store, polish your new leather shoes. Try using something with mink oil or shea butter for the best balance between polish and conditioning. Continue polishing them every time you wear them for additional longevity and shine. If you are running low on time, at least try to rub them down - especially if the weather consists of snow, rain, sleet or anything that could compromise the quality of your shoes.
Shelter Your Suede
When it comes to suede shoes, maintenance is extremely important. A number of factors can ruin a pair in a matter of seconds. Try using a protective suede spray that is resistant to water, salt, and mud to protect them from the outdoors and other elements. Be cautious and read accompanying instructions before using any spray on your shoes. Protective spray could change the color of the suede, so try the spray first on a small area before applying it. Another way to protect them is to buy a brush and a good quality suede eraser. An eraser will help with stains and the brush will return the surface back to its original state.
Save Your Newspaper For A Rainy Day
If (God forbid) you get trapped in the rain while wearing your favorite pair of kicks, don’t panic. There is a very inexpensive way to save your shoes using newspaper. First, dry them off as soon as you get home. Next, stuff crumpled up newspaper into your shoes to evaporate some of the remaining moisture. However, make sure to stay away from heaters and blow dryers because these can cause permanent damage to your shoes.
Use A Rubber Sole
When it comes to dress shoes, there is an upfront way to save on costly repairs in the long run. Asking a professional to place a rubber sole on the bottom of your shoes will protect the original sole from harm and provide you with extra traction. This will save you money over time because it is cheaper to replace a rubber sole than a leather one, all while preserving the life of your high-quality kicks..
Overall, taking care of new shoes after purchasing them is essential if you want to maintain the life of your footwear. Use these simple tips to keep your collection in tip top shape and save on costly replacement shoes in the long-term.
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