I love shoes and I want to wear all my footwear for years, therefore I take good care of them. Some of them are designer shoes, others are from brands like Zara, Converse, Tamaris, Bata or Geox, however the’re all treated equal, no matter how cheap or expensive they were.
So, how do I take care of my shoes?
# First of all, I make sure I don’t step in mud, dog waste or other disgusting things;
# I wash my leather shoes after several wears with water & soap or water & detergent. After they’re dry, I wipe the soles and insoles with rubbing alcohol (spirt) or white vinegar + water (I guess this step is unnecessary, but since I’m a germophobe…). Then, I moisturize them with pigmented shoe lotion which also enhances their color and makes them shiny. I tried washing my leather shoes in the washing machine but that was not a good idea at all. The leather became stiff and lost its intense color, however I managed to undo my mistake (pigmented shoe lotion);
# My running shoes and Converse trainers are OK after I wash them in the washing machine, therefore I use the washing machine to make them look brand new. After they’re dry, I wipe the soles with rubbing alcohol or white vinegar + water. If I still feel the itch, I spray them with antibacterial spray;
# After my shoes are bacteria free, I store them in my wardrobe, where they are protected from dust. Each pair of shoe has its personal space. I used to keep them in their boxes, but the boxes were wasting a lot of space in my wardrobe. Therefore I threw away most of the shoe boxes. Between shoes I’ve placed Yankee Candle little tarts;
# I don’t borrow my shoes to anyone (Learned my lesson when I was 17 and borrowed some brand new suede ankle boots to a friend. After she wore them, they didn’t fit me anymore, as I have narrow feet.);
# I try not to wear the same pair of shoes for more than 3-4 consecutive days.
I don’t know if what I’m doing is right, but my shoes look brand new, so I can’t be too wrong.