Genuine leather needs proper storage and upkeep from time to time to keep them looking new and helping them to last.
Here's our five easy tips to do just that.
First, grab your supplies:
- Leather conditioner (more on that below.)
- Soft cloth or brush
- Dish soap
- Small bowl
- Leather protection spray
Watch your step. Avoid all the puddles, wait for the rain to stop before stepping out, and keep an eye out for anything you could bump your foot in to to avoid all those scrapes.
Clean them once a month. Grab your small bowl, mix up warm water with a bit of dish soap, and wipe down the leather. Be sure to use a clean, soft cloth so you don't create any scratches. Wipe them down and set them out to air dry away from direct sunlight.
Condition, condition, condition.
When looking for a leather conditioner, try to find one that is specifically made for shoes. Since leather dries out which leads to cracking, keeping them moisturized will extend the life of your shoes ten fold. First, give your shoes a good cleaning and then wipe down your shoes with a leather conditioner on a soft cloth. Do this every three to size months to keep them looking new.
Store them safely. Keep your leather shoes out of direct sunlight to prevent fading. Keep them in a box or a dustbag so the leather doesn't pick up any pigment from the shoes touching them and be sure to keep them away from artificial heat sources.
Protect them. Grab a protection spray made specifically for leather shoes. Get them good and clean, then spray light coats roughly six inches away. Let them air dry and wear them with confidence.
The better you care for your shoes, the longer they'll last.