Better to prevent than to cure
A pair of shoes that looks great and is comfortable is a real treat. We are not surprised that even after many years it is difficult to say goodbye to them, even if they start to look terrible. If they are relatively new, it is worth applying the well-known principle of "prevention is better than cure". Prophylaxis, also in the case of shoes, is a much better solution than resuscitation. This habit definitely extends the life of the shoes.
It is worth maintaining footwear using special means. Remember to thoroughly clean your shoes from any dirt and dust before using them. Impregnation and regular shoe care are the key to success that can ensure their longevity. A properly selected protective spray will effectively protect shoes against the harmful effects of external factors. For the care of leather shoes, you can use baby oil or natural oil, e.g. almond oil. Apply it on a cotton pad and rub it thoroughly into your shoes. Incredible shine guaranteed!
How to effectively clean shoes?
If it's too late to prevent damage, don't break down. You don't have to part with your favorite pair of shoes at all. Sometimes it is enough to simply clean them with a soft brush dipped in water. This way you can easily get rid of dust, mud, sand and other contaminants. A worn toothbrush will be an effective tool, thanks to which you will reach even the most inaccessible corners.
If you struggle with stubborn stains, prepare a preparation of water and vinegar in a 1: 1 ratio, then rub it on dirty places and leave it for several minutes. A combination of vinegar and baking soda in equal proportions will work for dirt on white shoes. Use water to get rid of the remnants of the paste and enjoy the eye with a good-looking shoe. An alternative solution is to use… toothpaste. Rub it on damp shoes, and then wipe the shoes dry. Opt for a white paste. A colored one could cause discoloration.
When dealing with shoes made of suede, you need to be more careful. Get a clean microfiber cloth, water, and a gentle baby shampoo. Mix the components of the solution in a 1: 1 ratio and clean your shoes thoroughly. If necessary, repeat this step until the debris is gone. You can also remove traces on suede shoes with ... an eraser. Don't forget to brush your shoes with a special brush designed for suede. Rub only in one direction to avoid unsightly effect. This way you will restore its natural structure and the material will look much better.
Remember that freshly washed shoes should under no circumstances come into contact with the sun. Direct sunlight can cause unsightly discoloration.
How to properly polish my shoes?
If your leather shoes are already clean, you can polish them. It is worth doing it each time before wearing it. This way you will always look neat and stylish.
Apply the paste on the shoes using a special brush or a cotton cloth. Rub it evenly into your shoes in circular motions. After you have polished your shoes with a special paste, do not forget to wipe them with a silk cloth. This is the perfect way to give them a phenomenal shine!
How to restore damaged heels?
In most cases, the first visible signs of wear begin to appear on the heels. When dealing with shoes made of plastic, you can easily mask unsightly scratches with a waterproof marker in a matching color.
An alternative solution is to do a DIY project. You will need hot glue and any decorations. Attach aesthetic sparkles to the thick posts, and you can sprinkle the thin pins with glitter after applying the glue. This way you will breathe a whole new life into your pair of favorite shoes.
Take care of the details
Your shoes look stunning again. Only one very important thing remained - an unpleasant smell. Disinfect insoles to get rid of bacteria and remove odors. Baking soda will work for special tasks. Put it in your shoe and leave it on for a few hours, preferably overnight. Shake your shoes thoroughly in the morning and you're done. We also recommend replacing the inserts with new ones. The best ones are made of leather that will prevent feet from sweating. Also, do not forget to replace the laces and heels.
Remember that choosing the right method for restoring damaged shoes depends on the material from which the shoes are made. To make your favorite footwear last longer, all you need is a little effort and the right tools. Following our tips will certainly help you restore the shine of worn-out shoes and make them look like new again.