Keep Leather Shoes Glowing

Aliya Khan By Aliya Khan, 21st Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The condition of your shoes says a lot about you. Keep them in tip top shape at all times by following these handy tips on shoe care.

Keep Leather Shoes Glowing

1. To keep leather soft and supple, apply a little castor oil and leave to dry, then clean shoes in the normal way.
2. Use castor oil to waterproof the underneath of leather soles.
3. To stretch tight shoes, pack them with potato peels and leave for 48 hours. The natural enzyme action works to expand and soften leather.
4. Leather shoes are unsuitable for wearing in wet weather, as the leather absorbs moisture causing the salt used to cure to stain the surface. Select synthetic shoes when it is wet, however, in case you get your leather shoes soaked, pack dry newspaper inside to absorb the moisture, and then place in a warm place to dry. Do not place near direct heat.
5. To clean suede shoes, use a masking tape instead of a wire brush, which damages the base fibre mesh. Just rub the tape over the entire shoe to keep it looking as clean as new.
6. If lace ends fray making them look messy and difficult to thread, hold ends over a lighted match for a moment. This helps to fuse the fibres together.
7. To make an old pair of lace-up shoes look new, buy new laces, perhaps in a contrasting colour.
8. To prevent shoelaces from coming untied, put polish on the laces and leave to dry overnight, then rethread into shoes- they will hold well.
9. Before wearing second hand shoes, disinfect the insides to kill bacteria and funguses, which accrue in older used shoes.
10. If bright coloured leather fades in certain areas, use an oil paint pastel of the same colour obtained from paint stores. Paint the affected part, and then tip up with a neutral wax polish.
11. Shine patent leather shoes with a small amount of petroleum jelly.
12. To attain maximum comfort from shoes, buy those with soft cushioned insoles and sides.
13. To retain the original shape and fit of your shoes, store them with shoe trees placed inside when you are not wearing them.
14. To avoid straining your feet when wearing high heels, select shoes with wide based heels.
15. To soothe and relieve tired feet after wearing ill fitting shoes, soak your feet in a basin with shower gel and half cup of salt. Relax for 15 minutes, and then wear a pair of soft bedroom slippers.


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author avatar saurik
22nd Jun 2011 (#)

leather shoes are the best.
thanks for sharing these useful tips burhanuddin.

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
22nd Jun 2011 (#)

wow, thats a great set of tips. I will certainly try more to what I usually do :)

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