One of the best investments you can make is on quality leather shoes. The only catch is that you must take care of those shoes religiously. A quality pair of shoes will last you a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Also, the products you use on your leather footwear do not have to cost more than the price of the shoes. There are a number of tips to help you maintain those leather shoes so they will not only last longer, but will maintain a great look.
If you spend a good amount on your leather shoes, then you will want to get the most from your foot ware. If you are like me and are budget conscious, then this article will make sure you get the most from your purchase.
Caring for your shoes will give you years of enjoyment if you take the time to understand the hows and whats of leather care. The quality of the leather plays an important role on the longevity of the leather, but you can also do your part be making sure its not abused as such. Another thing to know is that show care products should not cost an arm and a leg. In fact, you just need the basics to keep your shoes looking like new each and every time. The best type of products to use are the all natural show care lotions and cleaners. They allow the leather to expand and breath properly. It’s good practice to clean of dirt, if your shoes are extremely dirty. We’ll tackle this topic later next.
Cleaning The Surface
Saddle soap is a popular cleaner that works great on shoes. After you use saddle soap, its recommended that you apply some mink oil to renew the leathers oils and softness. You can find these products in your local grocery store or shoe store.
Another good tip is that you can use Goop Hand Cleaner to clean your leather. Yes, this product can be found in automotive stores yet can be used on your shoes. How neat is that? The great thing is that it’s waterless and works great on removing oil and grease from leather. Be sure to test an area first though, just to make sure.
Scratches and Marks
If you have scratches and marks on your leather shoes, you can use shoe polish or pine gum to help cover and restore the surface. This will also work if you shoes have faded a bit. To help you shoes last longer, you can also apply a waterproof spray to help keep moisture and water away from the leather. When you shoes get wet, be sure to do your best to dry them out. However, do not place them too close to the heat like a fireplace, heater or stove.
Keeping It Conditioned
After cleaning your shoes surface, you will want to condition the leather too. This will help keep your leather supple and soft. Conditioning also help prevent crack in the leather as well. Maintenance will keep your shoes feeling comfortable and looking great.
When it comes to keeping insides of your shoes clean, you can use tea tree oil to help fight against odor and fight mildew. If your leather shoes are patent leather or suede, you will have to use a different method to cleaning your shoes. Usually a brush and spray will help clean the suede without ruining the texture. Whatever your method you choose, caring for your shoes will help keep your footwear lasting longer and comfortable longer. If you need additional repairs, you can visit your local leather repair shop for advice.