How do you care for your shoes?

Your shoes say a lot about you. And that’s a very good reason to take good care of them. Here are some tips to do this and sweep folks off their feet.

Your shoes say a lot about you. And that’s a very good reason to take good care of them. Here are some tips to do this and sweep folks off their feet when they see your handsome shoes!

For odour-free shoes
You can either apply dry shampoo directly on your feet to nix perspiration or spray it inside your shoes to absorb the bad smell. Baby powder works too.

For clean suede shoes.

Use stale bread to remove surface stains from your suede shoes without ruining the fabric.

For bright, white shoes
One of the most effective ways to clean your white canvas shoes is to apply a homemade mixture of water, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide to them, leave it to dry for a couple of hours and then remove it from the surface.

For stain-free shoes

Isopropyl alcohol is widely used in medicine, pharmacy, automobile, and cosmetics production to sanitize and clean. It also works perfectly well when you need to remove stains from your leather shoes!

For polished and protected leather shoes
Use hair conditioner. A small amount of hair conditioner will not only help to polish and moisturize your leather shoes, but will create a protective coat as well. You may also use a black and white newspaper rolled into a ball to polish your black shoes.

For comfortable happy shoes
Store your shoes on shelves or in custom-built cubbies. Else, hang a shoe bag with many pockets on the back of a door or put shoe racks or shelves on the floor of the closet.

Don’ts

The washing machine is a no-go zone for any type of canvas/ knit or mesh shoe. Even the gentlest cycles can damage the glue that keeps your shoe together and make your soles look more worn down. Never store shoes in plastic. Smart and healthy shoes need air to breathe. Do not dry your damp shoes near a heat source. Air drying is best.

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Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.

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