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February 21st, 2008

How to extend the life of your shoes

From our oh-so-helpful friends over at eHow:

Good
shoes are a big investment so make sure to maintain them for the
longest wear possible. Most shoes don’t ever get to the worn-out phase.
They are ruined by lack of care long before then. Here are some tips to
keeping them looking good until they wear out from actually wearing
them.

Things You’ll Need:

Step 1:
Keep your shoes clean. Nothing wears out a dress or casual shoe faster
than putting them away dirty. Use a soft brush to dislodge any dirt or
debris and wipe dust off with a soft cloth.

Step 2:
Keep shoes polished. Scuff marks will not come off easily when shoes
are allowed to sit before cleaning. Polish shoes with a creme polish
that matches the shoe for best results. Buff with a soft cloth after
drying. If shoes have wooden heels, polish them with orange or lemon
oil and wipe off.

Step 3:
Spray new canvas shoes with silicone and then clean shoes and respray
every two months for daily wear or every three to six months for more
infrequent wear. Never spray dirty shoes!

Step 4:
Protect patent leather with petroleum jelly or castor oil. Apply a light coating and buff it lightly.
          

Step 5:
Protect expensive leather soled shoes by having a shoe doctor add a
thin protective rubber sole to them. If you have dancing shoes that are
hard soled, adding taps, if appropriate, make tips and heels nearly
indestructible. Metal tips on boots save on wear and tear as well.

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