How to properly put away your shoes

shoes stored away until next season

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Did you put away your boots without polishing or conditioning the leather? Did you know without properly putting them away you can damage or reduce the longevity of your shoes? 

At the shoe repair, many customers come to us with deformed shoes or shoes with bad creases. Don’t worry, we can help you prevent this from happening by following a few simple steps below

 

Warning: This guide is intended for leather shoes only. the use of dubbin on suede, canvas or other material can damage them. 

What you’ll need:

  • Polish 
  • Shoe protector or conditioner (Dubbin is preferred)
  • Shoe Tree and/or Shoe shapers (Bonus)

 

Step 1: Clean shoes

Always clean shoes before a polish. Dust shoes with soft fabric or clean bristle

 

Step 2: Polish Shoes

Polishing shoes help maintain the colour and conditioning of leather. For help with this check out our guide “how to polish your shoes the simple way

 

Step 3: Condition Shoes

Shoe conditioners like dubbin help condition and waterproof leather. This increases the longevity of the leather and helps keep them looking like new.

 Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the product

 

*Bonus* Step 4: Insert shoe trees and shoe shapers for best results

By inserting shoe trees the shoes will maintain their shape as they are stored away.  This prevents creases and odd shapes from forming. 

 

Step 5: Place in a cool and dry area away from ventilation connected to AC or heater

Placing them in a dry cool area ensures the shoes won’t dry or grow mold. Heat dries and deforms leather. 

 

Conclusion

Warning: This guide is intended for leather shoes only. the use of dubbin on suede, canvas or other material can damage them. 

  1. Clean shoes from dust or mud 
  2. Polish shoes for help with this check out our guide “how to polish your shoes the simple way
  3. Condition shoes with dubbin or saddle soap
  4. Insert shoe trees and shoe shapers to maintain the shape of the leather
  5. Place in a cool and dry area away from ventilation of AC or heater

 

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samir222

My name is Sameer, a professional, cobbler by trade. I have worked as a shoe repairman for about 5 years under the tutelage of Sam, cobbler, of over 25 years. Through my experience working at a shoe repair, I heard customers asking similar questions every day. So, I decided, with the help of Sam to start a blog and educate everyone about shoes and leather.

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