Shoes are our babies. We spend weeks (sometimes seconds) preparing for them. Thinking about them. Then comes that exciting moment when we bundle them up and finally take them home to meet the rest of the family.
We carefully place them in our wardrobe. Admiring them. Watching them gently sleep. We dream about spending time with them. Thinking about where we are going to go and what we are going to do with them.
Then one day they annoy us, make us angry. They even make us cry over the pain they’ve caused us. Then they get hurt, and we cry again as our poor baby has been damaged.
Then comes the day we’ve outgrown them.
The day when we realize our time together has come to an end.
It’s a sad day, but something we will willingly go through again and again. Because at the end of the day, you love them.
And it was worth every penny.
So we thought we’d come up with a few tips for you to better protect your babies, so you two can have a much longer lasting relationship.
1. Invest in a shoe tree.
These are crucial. They’ll help keep shape, prevent smell, help dry and just be an all round good guy.
2. Find a good shoe doctor.
Just as you find a good GP, you need to find a good cobbler. These guys are geniuses and will breath new life into your tired and damaged kicks.
3. The problem with suede.
We love suede but it needs a bit more TLC. Get yourself a suede eraser to rub away any small blemishes, and a suede brush to restore that token suede fuzz.
4. Let me see you stretch.
Wearing in a new pair of kicks can often mean your feet have to suffer. Save your tootsies the pain and follow this old trick: pop a freezer bag of water into each shoe then pop your shoe in the freezer. When the water freezes it will expand and give your shoes that extra room without damaging your feet as per usual.
5. Wet, wet shoes.
Sometimes we get caught in the rain without pinacoladas. If this happens, don’t panic. Just stuff your shoes with newspaper to dry slowly, away from direct heat or it can warp the shape. Just before they dry, pop them on your shoe tree to maintain their shape.
6. Polish is power.
Polishing your leather shoes regularly can preserve moisture and maintain shine. Plus it’s a great way to cover up those champagne stains.
7. Love and protect.
A must have purchase when buying canvas, leather or suede is a quality shoe protector spray, like scotch guard. This little bottle will stop any major stains sticking to your new shoes making it easier to wipe off.
8. Our bestie, the washing machine.
Cleaning shoes can be a pain. Fortunately for us, canvas and fabric shoes can be cleaned in a washing machine. Just remove the laces. Now go relax with a cocktail whilst the machine does all the work.
9. The wrong kind of smell.
The easiest way to avoid pongy shoes is to always wear clean socks. Get in the habit of sprinkling a bit of talcum powder post-wear to absorb any moisture and pop in your shoetrees to help air and dry. If you’re still struggling, get your cobbler to replace the insole.