Maintaining leather shoes requires multiple steps to achieve the best result. It may take a moment, but at least your shoes will look new again. The main ingredient you need is love, so that should be all right?
Step 1. Shoe cleaning
It’s that first stain on your brand new shoes that hurts the most; we know the struggle! Good thing you can easily remove most stains from your leather shoes. Let the dirt and the mud dry first before removing with a clean, soft brush. Carefully rub the shoe with the brush and results will appear soon! In case there are more saturate stains on your leather shoes, vinegar is your go-to lifesaver. Apply some vinegar to a soft, lightly wet toothbrush and rub it on the stain in a circular motion. Your shoes will be clean in no time! Dry your shoes and you’re ready to go.
Step 2. Shoe polishing
Preparation is key! The first step is, therefore, to remove the shoe ties from your shoe. Also, make sure the shoe you’re about to polish is dry. Clean the shoes with special shoe polish for leather. There are two options for the shoe polish; either go for the shoe polish in the same colour as your shoes to hide scuffs or go for transparent shoe polish, which works perfectly for every leather shoe. Apply the shoe polish on your leather shoe with a soft brush or a cloth. Out of shoe polish, but do your shoes really need some polishing? No worries, a banana peel works just as good. Rub the banana peel on your shoes, et voilà.
Step 3. Dry your shoes
Leather is a natural material that should be able to breathe. Leaving your leather shoes to dry in a closed-off room or near a source of heath is an absolute no-go! Let your polished shoes dry for at least fifteen minutes in a well-ventilated room. To accelerate the drying process, you can stuff your leather shoes with newspapers. Make your leather shoes look new by polishing them with a towel or old T-shirt.
Step 4. Store your shoes
We mentioned it before, never put your shoes close to a heat source. It dries out the leather and causes the leather to appear. So to extend the durability of your leather shoes by storing them in a well-ventilated place at room temperature. Stuff your leather shoes with newspapers, or even better, a shoe tree. It helps to maintain the shape of your leather shoes and keep your shoes in optimal condition!