If you've invested in a pair of genuine leather shoes, dope sneakers or boots, then you must be well aware of the fact that those babies don't come cheap.
Your trusted going out or office shoes deserve some love and care. Follow these tips to keep statement shoes look fresh as ever even after years of wear and tear:1. Leather Shoes
Shoe care: As the weather can be quite unpredictable, one must know how to protect their leather shoes when they get soaked. Air-drying helps release the moisture without damaging the shoe while blow-drying or heating makes the leather crack.
Polish: It depends on how often your shoes are being worn, but as a general rule of thumb, for shoes that you wear very often you should polish them once every week or two. Polish them using the same coloured polish and a soft bristled brush for a long-lasting effect.
Storage: When it comes to your leather shoes, it's best to keep them stored in shoe bags. This way they won't scratch and tear, would be safe from dust and kept away from light.2. Suede Shoes
Shoe care: Suede shoes and boots look fly as hell but are their maintenance is equally difficult. Since suede is such a sensitive material, even a little splash of water is capable of damaging it permanently. The solution to that is to invest in a silicon-based suede protector spray in the same colour as the shoe to make them weather-proof.
Polish: Use a suede protector spray and spray all over the shoe and allow to dry. Do not over soak the shoe. You could also use a suede brush and give the shoes a good brush.
Storage: The best way to store suede is out in the open where they can be exposed to fresh air, suede shoes need air so they can breathe.3. Training Shoes
Shoe care: Trainers always look better fresh. You could clean your kicks using sneaker cleaning products that are easily available out there. Invest in a basic sneaker cleaning kit for the same. You should also spot clean, wash and wipe your trainers down regularly for so that your kicks stay fresh AF.
Polish: You need actual sneaker polish in the colour of your shoe and not just a scruff cleaner for trainers. Compromise in quality might lead to the paste looking chalky when dry. Remember, investing in a good product goes a long way and increases the longevity of your shoes.
Storage: Store your sneakers and trainers in boxes and/or shoe bags keeping them stuffed with paper to help them keep their shape and absorb any excess sweat.
There you go. Now you know how to give your shoes the right kind of treatment. Keep on shining, lads!