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Organizing for Men Men: Make Your Dress Shoes Last Forever If you’re a guy, you probably have at least one pair of dress shoes; maybe you even have two. To maintain the leather and shape, reduce odor, and keep your shoes looking like new for years, stick to a regular maintenance schedule. This involves basic shoe care and polishing (if they are leather) after every 12 times you wear them. Here are the steps for basic dress shoe maintenance: 1. Use shoe trees to protect your shoes. These are the shaped blocks inserted into shoes when they’re not being worn, to keep the shoe in shape. Cedar shoe trees absorb moisture especially well. 2. Conduct a weekly inspection. Check your shoes once each week, keeping an eye on the soles, Have your soles fixed by a cobbler before they’re completely worn and it’s too late to save them. To protect soles, you can have a a layer of protective rubber added. Your local cobbler can do this. 3. Alternate pairs. Wear one pair the first day, and a different pair the second day. This allows the shoes to “breathe” between uses. 4. Waterproof them. It’s important to protect your shoes against the elements. 5. Polish them well. I included a “how-to” below. Alternately, if they are suede, be sure to regularly brush them. 6. Store them on a shoe rack in your closet. To polish your dress shoes, you’ll need: an old t-shirt and a soft rag Kiwi polish (that’s the traditional men’s polish); and a polishing brush 1. Remove your shoelaces. 2. Use a rag to dust off your shoes, removing any debris. 3. Find the correct color of polish that will match your shoes. For instance, if you have light brown shoes, don’t use a dark brown polish. 4. Place your hand inside the shoe, or use a wooden shoe tree to help maintain shape. 5. Dampen your rag with water and cover your shoe with a generous amount of polish. Use small circles to apply the polish all over the shoe. Let the polish sit on your shoes for at least 5 minutes or until you notice the polish is dry. 6. Using your polishing brush, buff the shoes until they shine. The quicker and harder your brush, the nicer the shoes will look. 7. Using a soft rag, rub down your shoes for one final shine. If you polish your shoes on a regular basis, the shoes will last longer. My husband has two pairs of nice, high-quality, dress shoes that he maintains on a regular basis. He’s had them forever, but they still look like new.
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Organizing for Men Men: Make Your Dress Shoes Last Forever If you’re a guy, you probably have at least one pair of dress shoes; maybe you even have two. To maintain the leather and shape, reduce odor, and keep your shoes looking like new for years, stick to a regular maintenance schedule. This involves basic shoe care and polishing (if they are leather) after every 12 times you wear them. Here are the steps for basic dress shoe maintenance: Use shoe trees to protect your shoes. These are the shaped blocks inserted into shoes when they’re not being worn, to keep the shoe in shape. Cedar shoe trees absorb moisture especially well. Conduct a weekly inspection. Check your shoes once each week, keeping an eye on the soles, Have your soles fixed by a cobbler before they’re completely worn and it’s too late to save them. To protect soles, you can have a a layer of protective rubber added. Your local cobbler can do this. Alternate pairs. Wear one pair the first day, and a different pair the second day. This allows the shoes to “breathe” between uses. Waterproof them. It’s important to protect your shoes against the elements. Polish them well. I included a “how-to” below. Alternately, if they are suede, be sure to regularly brush them. Store them on a shoe rack in your closet. To polish your dress shoes, you’ll need: an old t-shirt and a soft rag Kiwi polish (that’s the traditional men’s polish); and a polishing brush 1. Remove your shoelaces. 2. Use a rag to dust off your shoes, removing any debris. 3. Find the correct color of polish that will match your shoes. For instance, if you have light brown shoes, don’t use a dark brown polish. 4. Place your hand inside the shoe, or use a wooden shoe tree to help maintain shape. 5. Dampen your rag with water and cover your shoe with a generous amount of polish. Use small circles to apply the polish all over the shoe. Let the polish sit on your shoes for at least 5 minutes or until you notice the polish is dry. 6. Using your polishing brush, buff the shoes until they shine. The quicker and harder your brush, the nicer the shoes will look. 7. Using a soft rag, rub down your shoes for one final shine. If you polish your shoes on a regular basis, the shoes will last longer. My husband has two pairs of nice, high-quality, dress shoes that he maintains on a regular basis. He’s had them forever, but they still look like new.
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