Quick tips on weather-proofing shoes.

Quick tips on weather-proofing shoes.

Winter is in full-swing, and there is no better time to clean and weather-proof your shoes. Different types of material require different types of care, so here are a few quick tips on how to keep your shoes looking their best. 
:: Leather 
  • Remove dirt by wiping shoes gently with a dry cloth. 
  • Dampen cloth with warm water and wipe again. 
  • Allow shoes to dry naturally, away from direct sunlight and direct heat sources (like heat vents) that can dry out leather.
  • To clean, apply a cream polish (that matches the color of your shoe color).
  • To water-proof, use a leather lotion or oil.
:: Patent Leather
  • Use a soft damp cloth and a drop of mild soap to remove any haze.
  • Apply a patent leather cleaner that contains silicone to return the high gloss.
:: Suede
  • Use a rubber eraser to remove dirt and smudges. 
  • Brush lightly in one direction with a soft brush (some use a toothbrush). If you brush in different directions, some suedes will give the appearance of being two different colors.
  • Follow up with a silicone spray for water and stain resistance.
Quick tips
  • Test all cleaning and water-proofing products on a small section of the shoe to make sure they don't alter the color of the shoe. 
  • Don't ever use water-proofing products on patent leather, sequins, or hair (like pony hair) as they will ruin the shoes.
  • Always cover embellishments with saran wrap or masking tape before using cleaning and water-proofing products. 
Do you have any amazing shoe care tips? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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