Over time, leather shoes can get very worn, and sometimes will need to be repaired or resoled. To extend the life of your leather shoes, you'll want to care for them regularly. Store them on a cedar shoe tree. Woman’s Day magazine recommends using a spray-on water protector four times per year. And buff any scratches away with a cream for leather shoes.
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Things you need
- Shoe cream
Wipe any dirt or other residue from your leather shoes with a damp cloth. Dry with a clean towel or allow to air dry. (Drying leather with a direct heat source can harden and crack the leather, as it removes the natural oils.)
Apply a shoe cream to all the leather surfaces. Select a shoe cream that is a shade lighter than the hue of your shoes. This will not only help cover the scratches, it can also moisturise the leather and refresh the colour. Allow the shoe cream to dry.
After a few minutes, buff your leather shoes with a soft brush.
Tips and warnings
- Let your shoes dry out completely after each use. Only wear them on non-consecutive days.
- Using a shoe horn to put on your shoes can help protect the back side from wear.
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