Protecting Leather Shoes
What makes leather shoes crack? What causes leather shoes to peel? What makes leather shoes soft? The answer to all of the above…failing to look after your footwear! The basics of protecting your shoes (including leather boots) are making sure you clean them regularly, this will prevent a build-up of dirt and other substances that can damage your shoes over time. Here’s the most effective way to clean your pair:
Remove the laces
Use a soft brush to remove dust and dirt
With your hand inside the shoe pressing against the surface, apply your selected choice of cleaning product & apply the cleaner to all of the visible leather using the same brush.
If you want to take your shoe care to the next level then here are a few more tips to help you protect your shoes:
Conditioning your shoes
This tip can help to repair cracked leather shoes and keep them from creasing. This is a very simple process, all you need to do is place conditioner on a cloth and rub onto all areas of the leather material. An extra tip for you, rub saddle soap into any cracks on the leather, using minimal amounts of water to help repair your shoes!
Polish your shoes
Once you have cleaned your shoes, wait 30 minutes, and then apply your chosen polish with a soft cloth covering the surface of the shoe. This will help prevent your shoe from flaking and cracking and can extend its life.
How to Stretch Leather Shoes
If you’ve ever bought a pair of shoes that looked perfect but weren’t quite the right size and wondered “how can I stretch out these leather shoes fast?”, then you’re in the right place; we have looked into the best methods to stretch your shoes and compiled a list of ways that you can do this at home:
For this simple solution, grab your thickest pair of socks and put your shoes on. Then, grab your hairdryer and apply heat to the areas of your foot that are feeling tight. This is a great trick to stretch your leather shoe width ways.
Freeze the shoes with a bag of water inside
Did you know that you can widen leather shoes with water? Fill a resealable bag with water and place it inside your shoes. Then, place your shoes in the freezer and leave them overnight; once you remove them in the morning and the ice has melted, you will have successfully stretched your shoe. Be careful not to overstretch your shoes though, test them first and gauge how much water you think you will need.
Use a shoe stretcher
This method requires you to use the shoe stretcher tool. You place this inside your shoe and crank it, this expands the tool both length and width ways. Make sure you are careful when using this tool, if you stretch the shoe too far it will be difficult (if not impossible) to regain its shape. This method can also be used for stretching out leather sandals.