Choose your shoes: Shop for footwear in the afternoon for the perfect fit. By this time your feet will have swollen to their maximum size from heat. It is always better to invest in quality leather shoes that will last for many years, rather than have to replace them each season. Care and maintenance: Looking after your shoes will ensure they stay in as-new condition and extend the life of wear. Buy a shoe-care kit and remember to polish regularly to help them last through the seasons. Use a waterproof spray to protect leather and avoid wearing suede on a rainy day. Better to repair: Don’t just throw your shoes out at the first sign of damage. A trained shoe repairer can fix many types of problems, including heel tip replacements, scuffed or cracked leather, restitching, worn soles and broken buckles. Shoe specialists can also repair handbags.