ON THE RIGHT FOOT WAYS TO KEEP YOUR SHOES IN GOOD NICK

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Cas­san­dra Briedis For de­tails, go to: mis­ter­minit.com.au

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.”

Pic­ture: JOHN AP­P­LE­YARD

Mis­ter Minit tech­ni­cal trainer, Leigh Hunt.

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