Last week we discussed some tips on how to keep your suit in prime condition over a long period of time. However, we didn’t take the time to talk about dress shoes, which are an important part of your wardrobe, and can wear away quickly without proper upkeep (particularly if you wear them to work a lot).
Here are some tips for keeping your shoes classy:
- Always Keep Them Polished
Always have some shoe polish on hand. Nothing immediately ruins the look of your dress shoes like not having them properly shined. This is part of the magic of dress shoes, and it’s one of the easiest ways to take an oft-worn pair and make them look brand new again. There are several online tutorials for how to properly shine your shoes, and it’s a quick process that helps preserve the look for a much longer period of time.
- Learn How to Properly Dry Them
At some point, you will be caught out in the rain wearing expensive shoes–it happens. But what you do after they’ve gotten wet will greatly impact how much longer they last. Take them home, stuff them with newspaper (to soak up the water), and keep them away from direct heat, which can crack the leather and wrinkle portions of your shoe. In the future, you can also get your shoes rain-proofed, which lasts for around 6 months.
- Maintain Their Shape
First things first–don’t keep them stored in the shoebox they came in. Overtime, the humidity can wear down the leather much faster than if they were kept on a shoe rack. To really maintain the shoes however, you should look at buying cedar shoe trees. We know, you may have seen your father using these (and they may seem old-fashioned) but they work. They help your shoe keep its natural shape, and the wood helps absorb moisture and odors (perfect for men with sweaty feet). It’s a simple step that can add months to all of your dress shoes, even if you wear them every day.
Those are some simple tips for keeping your dress shoes in top condition. If you need a new pair, check out the selection at Karako Suits and use these tips to maintain them longer.