Leather shoes are a staple in the wardrobe of a man of style. They are not only versatile and go with every look, from casual to formal, they are also made of long-lasting, hard wearing materials, but only if you care for them properly. Leather is made from animal skin that has been cured. Therefore, leather needs protection and care. It is fairly easy to maintain leather shoes, as the tips below will illustrate:
1. Use a shoe horn while putting them on
If you ever wondered what that weird looking spoon is doing on the shoe cabinet instead of the kitchen, you should know that it actually is a shoe horn, used to prevent damage at the heel counter of your leather shoes. These pieces are made of either plastic, metal, or wood, and are used to guide your heel into a well-fitted shoe. As leather could be fragile, stuffing your foot roughly inside will cause cracks, damaging the shoe forever.
2. Lightly wipe them with brush and cloth after each wear
Before proceeding to clean your leather shoes, remove the laces and insert a shoe tree to preserve the laces and maintain the structure of the shoe while applying pressure when you are cleaning. Then, remove the dust from the shoes using a horsehair brush kept specifically for that. Avoid using synthetic fibres as they can be too hard and leave minor scratches on the surface of your shoe. Then, give the bottom of the soles a wipe with a soft cloth, preferably a microfiber cloth.
3. Avoid wearing them on consecutive days so the leather has time to dry
Feet, like all body parts, sweat throughout the day. Some people’s feet sweat excessively, and with Malaysia’s almost year-long hot weather, it is no surprise. Leather can absorb that moisture, which can cause it to stretch, crease and stain. Having at least two pairs of shoes in your daily wear rotation allows you to change them up every other day, giving the previous pair enough time to dry.
4. Monthly cleaning routine
To maintain your leather shoes so that they last, cleaning them regularly is important:
Firstly, you need to clean your shoes using a leather cleaner, which can be found at your local leather shoe shop. Ensure that the cleaner is suited to the type of leather you are wearing. Next, after wiping off any excess leather cleaner with a clean, damp cloth, wipe it dry with another cloth.
The second step is to condition your shoe. Like the cleaner, the conditioner should also be suited to the type of leather. Let it sit for 15 minutes after application, and then use a buffer or a soft cloth on it until it shines.
Thirdly, use a polish brush to apply the polish in firm circular motions to your shoe. It should give a gorgeous shine by now.
Lastly, to ensure that your leather shoes are protected, use water-resistant spray over the leather surfaces.
If you follow these tips to care for your leather shoes, rest assured that they will always look shiny and new, besides lasting a long time. In need of a new pair of leather shoes? Check out ALDO’s men’s shoe collection to add style to your wardrobe now!