How to make sure the beautiful leather shoes you have invested in last for many years…
It’s best to wear different footwear each day. This allows the pair of shoes you wore last to recover naturally and the insoles to breathe for a few days. The more pairs you have, the more you can rotate them and the longer they will last.
Try and choose the correct style for your feet. If you have narrower feet you can wear most styles and a more pointed toe shape might fit you well. If you have wider feet be careful when choosing the width, shape and the type of lacing. A ‘Derby’ style like the tan brogue shown above might be the best type of adjustment as it won’t pinch. Be careful with slip-on styles, as a soft constructed shoe can encourage your feet to spread if worn too often. A slip-on is often best as an occasional shoe.
• THE POLISHING.
Take time to polish your shoes regularly. We would recommend at least every fourth wear to maintain the leather. You’ll probably want to polish them before an important event, too. Always use good quality polish like Kiwi or Cherry Blossom in the appropriate colour. You can use a neutral cream (if they’re not scuffed), which feeds the leather and stops it from cracking.
• THE WEATHER.
If your leather shoes get wet, always dry them naturally away from heat. Pack them with newspaper if they are soaked through, and use a polish once they’re dry to remove any white ‘tide marks’.