They say that shoes speak louder than words. But when it comes to buying a new pair of leather shoes, we all know that it's an investment. Every man knows better than most that a quality pair of leather shoes does cost a little more than the average amount one spends on clothing or accessories.
If you're smart enough to break in and care for fine footwear from the first day, they go a long way. Shoe care is essential, especially for a new pair. Guidelines on polishing, storage and wear and tear are what makes your shoe last for years. Here's everything you would need to know about taking care of new shoes:1. Breaking-In The Right Way
A new shoe can be a mine-field with blisters and shoe-bites at every nook, just waiting to happen. It's best to break into your new shoes for a few weeks till you start wearing them on a regular basis. The tip here would be to break into them by wearing the shoes for a few hours at a time on the first few outings. As gradually wearing them over a period of a few weeks helps you mould into them slowly, it also increases the longevity of you shoe.2. Regular Care
After a long day of wearability, kicking your shoes on the floor and forgetting about them is unacceptable. A sensitive but sturdy material like leather needs regular care. Invest in a leather shoe cleaning wipes and remove stains and mud off them. You could also use a shoe brush to clean any dirt that's can be easily dusted off. These minor steps can increase the life of your shoes by many years.3. Rest Them Well
As much as you're tempted to wear your new kicks everyday, it's advisable to rest them. Avoid extreme wear for the first few weeks at least. This process helps the leather open up and adjust to your foot. We would recommend wearing the shoe a maximum of 2-3 times a week and resting for a day in between each wear.4. Polish Them The Right Way
As leather has the tendency to dry up, you wouldn't want your beloved (not to mention, expensive) shoes to end up in flakes. Add moisture to your shoe by polishing them once every fortnight to avoid cracking. Pro tip: Most men make the mistake of polishing their shoes moments before they step out of the house. Instead, apply the polish to let it really seep into the leather for couple hours, then brush it off and shine the shoes.5. Storage Tips
Don'ts: Avoid storing leather shoes in plastic bags, as that can lead to mould.
Dos: Store your leather shoes in either shoe bags or shoe boxes. Throwing them in a shoe rack without any covering is not a boss move.
Always remember, a little goes a long way. These tips can help increase your leather shoe's lifespan by years. Thank us later, fellas!