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How to care for shoes and boots

Ah, shoes… what would we do without them? Few items in our wardrobes work so hard for us, and yet caring for them can seem tricky at best, especially in good old Britain with its fair share of unpredictable weather. Keep reading to discover our tips on how to keep the shoes and boots in your wardrobe looking their best for longer.

DOS AND DONT’S

Never put your trainers in the washing machine

This can damage the glue, stitching and fusing that holds the shoe together, and distort its fabric – it can leave shoes uncomfortably misshapen, so it’s definitely something to avoid.

Seal your suede shoes with a protective spray

This should help prevent water marks or stains. Always spot check it on the least visible part of your shoe and look out for any changes in shade before committing to spraying the whole shoe.

Never store wet shoes

…as they can become mouldy. Allow them to air dry first and pack the insides with newspaper to absorb any moisture.

Use shoe horns or stuff them with tissue/newspaper

This will help them keep their original shape.

Replace the heels

Do it as soon as they start looking worn, don’t wait until you hear a clicking noise (from the nail inside the heel).

Use a rubber suede brush

Gently remove any dirt once the shoe is dry.

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