Beyond Shoe Shining: How to Maintain Your Leather Shoes
March 01, 2024

Beyond Shoe Shining: How to Maintain Your Leather Shoes

Well, if you've followed our previous blog on the 8 simple steps of shoe shining, you already know the transformative power of a well-maintained pair of shoes. But the journey to footwear excellence doesn't end with a brilliant shine.

In this follow-up blog, we delve deeper to explore some practices that go beyond shoe polishing. From cleaning to conditioning, waterproofing to restoration, these tips will help you keep those leather shoes looking great for years to come.
  • Start with Quality: Maintaining great leather shoes begins with the purchase. Invest in high-quality leather shoes. Quality leather not only looks better but also ages gracefully, developing a unique patina over time.

  • Cleanliness is Key: Regular cleaning is fundamental. Remove dirt, dust, and grime with a horse hair brush after each wear. Alternatively, for a deeper cleanse of the leather pores, especially for smooth leather, use a cleaner that would not affect the leather's nature.

  • Conditioning for Suppleness: Treat your shoes to a conditioning session every few months using a leather conditioner or cream, especially if you shoes with patina. Apply the conditioner evenly, focusing on areas prone to dryness such as the toe cap and heels.

  • Waterproofing Protection:  A beeswax-based waterproofing product create a barrier against moisture while allowing the leather to breathe. Remember to reapply the waterproofing treatment periodically, especially before the rainy season.

  • Rotate and Rest: Alternating between shoes allows them to air out and prevents excessive wear on any single pair. Consider using shoe trees to help maintain the shape of your leather shoes and absorb moisture between wears.

  • Seasonal Adjustment: Adjust your shoe care routine based on seasonal changes. For example, in winter, protect your leather boots from salt and rain by proofing it. During summer, keep your shoes cool and dry to prevent sweat and odour buildup.

  • Store with Care: Needless to elaborate further, always store your leather shoes in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Use shoe bags or boxes to shield them from dust and light exposure.
Maintaining a good pair of leather shoes goes beyond regular shining. Prolong the life of your footwear investment and enjoy timeless style and comfort for years to come. Remember, leather shoes are a reflection of your attention to detail and personal style. Treat them well, and they'll reward you with leather longevity.