8 Ways To Take Care Of Your Shoes (Especially The Really Expensive Ones) - Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka

8 Ways To Take Care Of Your Shoes (Especially The Really Expensive Ones)

With great shoes, comes greater responsibility.


Just like your outfits, your shoes need to be pampered and taken care of too. Here’s how…

  • To avoid any dust or dirt build up, immediately clean your shoes after each use. Cleaning it, later on, will only make it harder to remove, and will lead to scrubbing with heavy pressure, which might not be good for the lifespan of your pair.                                                                                                                                                                        
  • When cleaning, try using soft bristle brushes, a microfiber towel and a cleaning solution that will work for your type of shoe. Once done with it, add a shoe protectant to prevent the materials from fading. 
  • Steer clear from storing your shoes by layering them on one another to save space — doing that will only damage them! Retain the original shoe boxes and cover the shoes with acid-free tissue papers. Also, consider shoe-trees to keep closed shoes in shape and absorb the moisture within.                                                                                  
  • Materials like velvet and suede don’t react very well when they come in contact with water. To avoid irreversible damage, use a waterproof spray while holding it 6 inches away from the shoe. 
  • Shoes with silk or satin-like materials are best given to a dry-cleaner for better care. 
  • To avoid fungal growth on the inner-corners of your shoes, swab them with alcohol or tea tree oil. 
  • Buying shoes can sometimes be a bit of a drag. With these tips, your shoe shopping experience should be that much better! 
    1. Using one hand, hold the heel of the shoe, and with the other at the toe and bend it. If it bends too easily, drop it like it’s hot! This is a sign of a low-quality pair.
    2. Your legs are slimmer in the morning but as the day passes, they tend to swell. So, go shoe shopping in the evenings instead of the mornings to pick shoes that will be a better fit.
    3. Avoid buying larger sized pairs, and instead, opt for the ones that fit more snuggly since it will expand with use.
  • Pick a pair to fit the occasion. If you’ve got to walk on cobblestones or wet soil, for example, then keep your stilettoes away and slip into a pair of flats. Feel free to carry your signature pair with you to throw on once you meet your destination.                                                                                                                                                                          


This article was originally published as “Style Q&A” in the May 2019 issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. For more style advice, grab a copy of our latest magazine or subscribe here.


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