Shoe Care 101
- Shine your shoes after you buy them and before you wear them. Shine them regularly for as long as you own them.
- When you remove your shoes, insert a ceder shoe tree to draw out inner moisture and reshape the leather.
- Remove a salt stain as quickly as possible by lightly applying a mixture of 2/3 water, 1/3 vinegar with a rag and drying with a towel
- Waterproof your shoes with mink oil (may darken the color of the leather), a wax-based polish (light protection) or a specialty leather cleaner, saddle soap, Murphy’s Oil Soil, or ivory soap and avoid products that contain detergents or acids.
- To keep your shoes from drying out, every few months apply a specialty moisturizing conditioner or buff in a dab of petroleum jelly.
- If your shoes are wet, stuff them with newspaper or a small towel to draw out the moisture. Replace the paper/towels periodically as they get saturated . Never place your shoes near a heat source: this can dry out and crack the leather.
- Remove scuff marks by rubbing the scuff with non-gel toothpaste. Rinse,wipe and let dry.
- When your shoes become really worn out, send them back to the manufacturers for refurbishing or resoling instead of buying a new pair