Tips on Extending the Life of Your Shoes: Part 1 November 16, 2015 07:30

Have you ever owned a pair of shoes that you wore to its death and wondered to yourself “Geez, I sure did a number on that one?”  Well, I have and it was not pretty.  After departing with a few favorite pairs, I’ve finally learned techniques that make my shoes last longer.

1) Make it a habit to clean and moisturize your leather shoes every season.  Over time, leather shoes left untreated will become dry and brittle with wear.  If you live in cold climate regions where the heat is on constantly in the winter; your leather shoes will dry out even faster.  So as you take out your sweaters for the season, take the time to clean and moisturize your shoes too.  Coach leather cleaner and moisturizer has been in my closet for years and they have kept my bags and shoes in mint condition.  Just dab a little of the cleaner on a lint-free cloth, gently wipe your leather goods, let the shoes dry (I usually leave them alone for a day), then repeat with the conditioner and then let dry.  It may seem like a lot of work, but at $10 each, your shoes and bags will thank you.  Please read the instructions though, there are fabrics that these are not recommended to be used on.

Two Perfect Souls-Coach Leather CleanerTwo Perfect Souls-Coach Leather Moisturizer

(Photo: Coach)

2) Spray your leather and suedes with a leather protector.  Nothing ruins the look of leather or suede than the damage done to them by the elements. You know what I mean, those very visible rain droplets, the scruff lines, and the nasty melted snow lines on those cute UGGs.  If you spray on a protectant like the one below from The Solemates periodically, your shoes won’t look like they’ve been dragged through the garbage and you will always look put together from head to toe.  I spray my shoes before I even wear them, yes, as in right out of the box because when I do decide to wear them, they are ready to go.  Remember to spray it from far enough away so that you are not soaking the shoe with the solution and most importantly let dry before you wear the shoe.


Two Perfect Souls-The SoleMates Leather Protectant
(Photo: The Solemates)

3) Invest in a good suede brush.  I once had melted glue fallen on my suede pumps and this brush by Shacke was able to clean it out in seconds.  All you need to do is just gently brush it with the bristle and viola!  There are instructions on the package that describes the functions of the other parts of the brush but the bristles are good enough for me.  At $6.99, this should be part of every girl’s shoe kit. What more do I have to say?

Two Perfect Souls-Shacke Suede Brush from Amazon

(Photo: Amazon)

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