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|29 Aug 2017

Taking Care of Business

Keeping your shoes looking smart takes less effort than you think.
THE ICONIC
29 Aug 2017
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Finding a decent pair of dress shoes can be a matter of trial and error. You may think splashing out on the most expensive pair will do the trick, but sometimes the more affordable styles are just as good. The one common ground you’ll notice though, is how you take care of them will determine how long they will last.

Synthetic shoes are good for a last-minute outfit fix, but it’s hard to keep them around for much longer than a season. Even with proper care, there’s no coming back from a scuffed toe when they’re made from fake leather materials. So, if you add up the amount of times you would need to replace your shoes, you would find you would’ve actually saved money if you had just spent a bit more from the start.

Quality dress shoes are worth the investment when they’re crafted from robust materials with longevity, like leather and suede, which is exactly what you want when looking for a pair of shoes that will make you look sharp. The downside to this can sometimes mean they’ll be quite stiff to begin with and need to be worn in until they’re more comfortable. Once you get to that stage, you’re in for the win and it’s only a matter of looking after them and you’ll have these shoes for life.

Follow our 6 simple steps to make your dress shoes last a lifetime.

News
|29 Aug 2017

Taking Care of Business

Keeping your shoes looking smart takes less effort than you think.
THE ICONIC
29 Aug 2017
Share:

Finding a decent pair of dress shoes can be a matter of trial and error. You may think splashing out on the most expensive pair will do the trick, but sometimes the more affordable styles are just as good. The one common ground you’ll notice though, is how you take care of them will determine how long they will last.

Synthetic shoes are good for a last-minute outfit fix, but it’s hard to keep them around for much longer than a season. Even with proper care, there’s no coming back from a scuffed toe when they’re made from fake leather materials. So, if you add up the amount of times you would need to replace your shoes, you would find you would’ve actually saved money if you had just spent a bit more from the start.

Quality dress shoes are worth the investment when they’re crafted from robust materials with longevity, like leather and suede, which is exactly what you want when looking for a pair of shoes that will make you look sharp. The downside to this can sometimes mean they’ll be quite stiff to begin with and need to be worn in until they’re more comfortable. Once you get to that stage, you’re in for the win and it’s only a matter of looking after them and you’ll have these shoes for life.

Follow our 6 simple steps to make your dress shoes last a lifetime.

Fade by Julius Marlow in Whiskey colour.

1. Invest in Leather

As we mentioned before, this doesn’t have to mean they have to cost you your entire month’s pay, but choosing styles that have a leather upper and lining will definitely improve longevity.

2. Protect and Polish

Before you even take your first steps in your dress shoes, make sure you prep them for your day-to-day adventures with a light spray of leather protector. Then, from time to time, make sure you spend a few minutes to add a little polish to maintain their shine.

Sanches by Aquila in Taupe

3. Spray your Suede

The velvety surface of suede shoes requires extra attention because it’s more susceptible to moisture and dirt absorption, so treat your suede shoes with a water-proofing spray to prevent scuffs and stains.

4. Replace the Rubber

If your daily commute requires a lot of walking on across rough cement, consider getting the soles of your shoes replaced by a shoe specialist before you wear them out beyond repair.

Gerald by PS by Paul Smith in Brown Calf Leather

5. Stuff ‘em and Brush ‘em

Keeping your shoes out of the elements is almost impossible, so give them a quick once-over with a dry brush to remove any dirt that might have settled over the course of a day, and if you’ve gotten yourself caught in the rain, stuff your shoes with absorbent paper afterwards to ensure they dry thoroughly.

6. Know When to Let Go

As hard as you try to keep your shoes around forever, sometimes the damages have gone too deep and are beyond repair so, instead of adding yet another coat of polish to shoes that are hanging on by a thread, it’s time to start afresh with a brand-new pair.

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