ON THE RIGHT FOOT WAYS TO KEEP YOUR SHOES IN GOOD NICK
NOW that winter has well and truly arrived, most of us will have swapped our sandals for warm socks and a trusty pair of boots.
Whether you’ve splurged on shiny new shoes or retrieved your old ones from storage, the key to extending the life of your footwear relies on simple maintenance, according to the shoe repair experts at Mister Minit.
“Polishing is my number one tip,” technical trainer Leigh Hunt said.
“If they start to get cracks across them, that’s because the leather is drying out.”
As weather conditions worsen and shoes are exposed to rain, a water and stain protector can protect the leather from mud and keep outside moisture away from toes.
“A lot of shoes have plastic bases, which can be slippery,” he said.
“We recommend putting a protector sole on top of the original sole.”
At the end of the season, Mr Hunt advised using a shoe tree to preserve shape.
“A lot of people don’t realise they’ve got winter shoes in the cupboard and the leather starts to dry out,” he said. “Before you put them away, condition them so the leather stays nice and supple.”
Mister Minit technical trainer, Leigh Hunt.