Taking care of leather shoes is not just about making your shoes look good. It is also about preserving and adding to the life of your new lovely shoes. Look at it as though you are protecting an investment, or what could be a future collectible. Leather shoes require the most care, but if you protect them well, it will expand their lifetime significantly. Follow these four steps for cleaning and maintaining your leather shoes.
- Always spray your leather shoes before using them for the first time, this will give them the necessary protection against dirt and moist.
- If the shoes are dirty, wipe them with a moist cloth. Never soak the shoes and do not use any chemicals to clean them.
- Use a shoe cream/conditioner on the shoes and rub it into the leather. Choose a shoe cream instead of a shoe polish, as the cream will shine and smooth the skin, while the polish will only color it. Choose a shoe cream in a matching color with the leather. Use a natural shoe cream that can be absorbed in the leather, unlike a synthetic conditioner that merely sits on top of the surface.
- Finally, polish the shoes. Here you can use a soft shoe brush, preferably one with natural horsehair or a shoe glove where the wool is outside the glove instead of inside.