Tips for the care of your shoes

Everyone has a pair of favorite shoes. You prefer to walk for miles and possibly enjoy it for a long time. In order to optimally enjoy your shoes, proper care of your shoes is a must! Within this article are to give you a few handy tips that will keep you enjoying your shoes for a long time to come.

Leather shoes

Genuine Leather

Every woman has a pair of genuine leather shoes or boots in her closet. Leather is very fragile and must be protected against external influences. What is the best way to do that? First carefully remove all dust and mud with a brush. Then place the shoes on a shoe tree to keep them nice and tight. You then apply a nourishing cream to your shoes with a soft cloth. Then apply colorless shoe polish or shoe polish in the same color as the shoe. Let this dry for a while. Finally, brush the shoes well with a soft brush and you’re done. This way your leather shoes will last for a long time.

Imitation leather

Of course you want to take care of your new imitation leather shoes as well as possible. Imitation leather may be able to withstand rough handling and not be bothered by snow and rain, but here too a regular cleaning is good for your shoes. You only need soapy water and a soft cloth for this. For extra protection you can always spray them with a stain and water-repellent spray. This way you can enjoy your shoes for a long time.

Nubuck

Nubuck is smooth leather with a slightly roughened top layer. In terms of structure, it is comparable to suede. Nubuck is often used for hiking and hiking shoes. It is more vulnerable than normal leather and therefore gets dirty faster. To ensure that your shoes last a good many kilometers, regular spraying with a water and stain repellent spray (available in the shoe store) is usually sufficient. Smooth spots will get rough again with a suede brush. Use a toothbrush and soapy water to remove possible stains. There are also special shampoos available at the shoe store to really clean your shoes thoroughly, but you can of course always contact a real professional.

Suede

Suede is rougher and “hairier” than nubuck. It is in fact the inside of leather and therefore it is particularly sensitive to dirt and moisture. Always spray your suede shoes with a water and dirt-repellent spray. Use a special suede brush for the daily maintenance of your suede shoes. With the rough side of the brush you remove the stains and with the soft side you get the fibers nice again.

Shoes made of fabric

You will undoubtedly have a pair of canvas shoes in the closet for the summer, they are not only comfortable, but also light and easy to carry. However, a disadvantage of canvas is the rapid discoloration. How can you maintain your canvas shoes in such a way that they last longer than one summer? Remove superficial stains with some soapy water and a clean sponge. You can also use a nail brush or carpet shampoo. You can easily remove grease stains with tetra or benzene. Always allow wet shoes to dry in the open air to prevent circles.

Sneakers

Tennis, walking, jogging, whichever sport you practice, sneakers are indispensable. But how do you ensure that your sneakers last as long as possible. Are your shoes covered in mud after running or walking? Let them dry first and then brush them off. Then clean them with lukewarm soapy water and a synthetic brush. Finally, put some crumpled paper in the shoes to absorb the moisture. You can remove the insoles for airing and, if necessary, clean them with a damp cloth. Never place the shoes on a heat source to dry them.

Patent shoes

Your new patent leather shoes are already full of stripes? To prevent them from losing their shine and wearing out quickly, regular maintenance is necessary. You only need a sponge and soapy water for this. Any remaining stains can be removed with a stain solvent. If the shoes are clean, lubricate them with some moisturizing milk. Are there any creases or small cracks in the paint? Then apply a little vegetable oil or lemon juice and then polish them with a soft cloth.

Practical tips

Boots

You probably bought a pair of nice warm boots this winter. But do you actually know how you can best maintain it so that you can wear it for many winters? We are happy to give you a few handy tips. Leather must be nourished and protected. To preserve your boots, it is therefore necessary to brush them regularly and to make them waterproof. To remove loose dirt, first wipe the boots with a soft brush. Then wipe them off with a sponge or soft cloth and soapy water with a few drops of colorless vinegar. When the boots are completely clean again, spray them with a water and stain repellent spray.

High heels

What can you do to keep graceful high heels beautiful? In the shoe store you can buy various tools to protect your heels, such as heel protectors and replacement heels. However, the most important thing is that you clean them regularly. Keep in mind that especially narrow high heels are quite vulnerable, even those made of leather. It is best to clean them with soapy water and a soft cloth. Proceed carefully, never rub too hard!

White shoes

Your bright white summer shoes that you have purchased for the summer now look gray again. What can you do about it? First remove the laces. Then remove the dirt with a soft cloth. Then brush your shoes with a soft brush and soapy water with green soap or washing-up liquid. Be careful not to damage the material. You can use an old toothbrush to remove dirt between the edges. Rinse the shoes well with warm water, put in crumpled newspaper and let them dry. The paper absorbs the moisture and keeps the shape.

How do you get and keep your shoes in the best shape?

Your shoes can eventually get out of shape by wearing. You can prevent this by using shoe trees when you store your shoes. Also use them if you have bought new shoes that are just a bit too narrow. Shoe trees make it possible to adjust the fit.

Walk in shoes

Who has not had sore feet while walking in a pair of new shoes? Fortunately there are a number of tricks to prevent sore feet. First wear your new shoes at home alone. Give your shoes time to adjust to your feet. It will take a few days, but then your shoes will look good. If this method does not work for you, you can always stretch your shoes with freezing water. Fill a lockable freezer bag up to half with water. Place a bag in each shoe and press it well so that the entire shoe is filled. Now put the shoes in the freezer. The freezing water expands and stretches the leather. Remove your shoes from the freezer and allow them to thaw before removing the bags. Prefer not to use this method for expensive shoes.

Prevent unpleasant odor

It has probably happened to you that when you took off your shoes, you encountered an unpleasant odor. That odor is caused by the moisture from your feet. Fortunately, unpleasant odors can also be prevented or prevented. We are happy to give you a few handy tips to make sweaty feet a thing of the past. To prevent sweaty feet, you must prevent perspiration. You can prevent perspiration by always washing and drying your feet carefully, especially between the toes. Then apply talcum powder under your feet and between your toes before putting on your shoes. Preferably wear socks that breathe, that is, socks made from natural fibers such as cotton or wool. Of course it is also important that you put on clean socks every day. After wearing your shoes, air them and then store them with a piece of lemon soap. You can also add sodium bicarbonate to your shoes to remove unpleasant odors. You can get rid of any bacteria by putting the shoes in freezer bags in the fridge overnight. You clean the inside of your shoes with a sponge, water, soda and soap. Never dry your shoes on the heater, but insert absorbent paper.

Rattling and dirty laces?

You can keep your laces tidy by smearing any frayed nails with nail polish. To clean them again, remove the laces from your shoes and simply wash them in the washing machine.

Care of the sole

To clean the sole of your shoes or slippers you only need some water with a few drops of ammonia. Use this to clean the sole and then allow it to dry naturally. Remove removable insoles from the shoes to air them separately and to allow any perspiration to dry. You can remove leather soles with a sponge and some water. Keep the soles supple by greasing them monthly with leather fat. You can “roughen” smooth leather soles with a piece of sandpaper. You can repair creaking soles by soaking them overnight in linseed oil.