How To Protect Your Shoes
There may come a time when clothes and shoes are made indestructible. Till then, it's always handy to know how to care for them even if you've got extra help at home.
For now, let's tackle the shoes. Here are some tips to keep in check.
This is especially if you've got good leather shoes. Once you've removed your shoes from your feet, place a shoe tree inside each shoe to allow them to contract and dry out to their ideal shape. Unvarnished ones work best as they will properly draw all moisture out. Remove the trees when the shoes have returned to their natural state.
Though you can't polish away the scuff marks, you can use a suede eraser to rub them away. Then use a suede brush to restore the fuzz of the leather.
Toothpaste is effective at removing black marks from light coloured shoes, or even grey scuffs from darker shoes. Apply a small amount to the area and buff it with a soft, clean toothbrush.
Never dry your shoes under direct heat, which can only hasten the process and cause the leather to crack. That my friend, is permanent damage. So stuff them with newspaper and let them dry properly. Before they are entirely dry, place the shoe trees in to keep them in shape. They'll be good as new before you know it.
It helps to have at least three pairs of dress shoes. Wear the same pair every day and you're bound to be a walking odour factory. For those unfortunately plagued with sweaty feet, wear socks for Pete's sake.
Polish Your Shoe
Using a clean, damp cloth, wipe your shoes down. This will remove any superficial dirt or stain. Next, scrub the welt strip with a wet welt brush. Rub on the shoe polish in circular motion as much as possible for about five minutes. Last, buff the shoes with a polishing brush (try a horsehair one).