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Summary: An informative piece on caring for your shoes. Footwear can be a significant investment and so caring for it properly will save you money in the long run.
When you consider that the average pair of good quality trainers can cost upwards of £70, it makes sense to look after your shoes properly and keep them looking their best for as long as possible. Modern trainers can be made from a variety of different materials including leather, suede and artificial compounds, and each has to be treated in a different way. It might sound time consuming and expensive, but looking after your shoes well will mean they last longer and you’ll have more cash to spend elsewhere.
Never, ever put your trainers or any other sorts of shoes in the washing machine. If your leather shoes get muddy or dirty, wipe them clean with a damp cloth or baby wipe and then leave them to dry naturally before polishing as you would normally. is a bit harder to clean, so if your Nike Blazer Vintage trainers are looking a bit worse for wear after an afternoon tramping through the mud, leave them to dry and then carefully brush any mud or muck off using a special suede brush. If you are unsure about how best to clean your shoes, look online for advice or ask your shoe retailer next time you buy a pair.
Most of us just chuck our shoes behind the front door or in a pile at the bottom of the wardrobe, but this is obviously not the best way to keep them looking great. If you’re the organised type, keep all of your shoe boxes and store them in there when they are not being worn. Alternatively, invest in a shoe rack to keep in the bedroom or even a plastic holder with slots for the shoes which can hang over a door. Any method of storage will do as long as it keeps your shoes separated and stops them getting crushed or damaged.
Don’t automatically assume that your trainers or any other sort of shoes are waterproof. Leather does a better job at keeping the water out than other types of material, but seams which are stitched together will let the water in whatever the shoes are made from. If you intend wearing your trainers to run outside, or to use your boots for hill walking in the winter, invest in some spray on waterproof which will dry clear and keep your feet dry. It has to be reapplied regularly though, and cannot be used on shoes like Nike Blazer Vintage trainers which have suede uppers.
It happens to the best of us – we wear a pair of our favorite shoes for days on end and then find both our shoes and our feet smell less than fragrant. Don’t just reach for the air freshener to squirt everywhere as this just covers up the smell. Bicarbonate of soda is great at absorbing smells, so sprinkle a little into each shoe when you take them off. Some people also swear by using cat litter for the same thing, or sticking your shoes in the freezer to kill off the bacteria which make the smell.