Shoes are an everyday clothing item for many, but they’re also an investment in your feet and personal style. With a little bit of TLC, you can make a pair of shoes last much longer — which can save you quite a bit in the long run. Here are our quick shoe care tips we think you should know:
#1: Wash Them in the Laundry
Nope — we’re not kidding.
Many shoes these days are 100% washable, and this can be a great shortcut to keep them around longer. We recommend checking your shoes for washing/care instructions, or contacting the brand to see what they suggest. If your shoes are washable, place them in a tied up mesh bag, and let the machine do the work.
#2: Keep the Inside Clean
The inside of your shoes is where the magic happens, but they’re also the part that can deteriorate the fastest. And since we don’t often take a look inside our shoes, the damage can also go unnoticed.
So how do you care for the inside of your shoes? There are actually quite a few ways:
- Always wear clean socks
- Invest in deodorizer sprays/packets that help remove moisture
- Purchase insoles, and replace them regularly
- Wipe down the insides occasionally with a vinegar/water mix
And of course, it’s always helpful to get a professional to clean them for you. While not all laundromats clean shoes, there’s a good chance they can point you in the right direction.
#3: Store Them Safely
Having a designated space for your shoes can go a long way in making sure they stay fresher, longer. Even a simple shoe box can act as a convenient way to keep your shoes out of sunlight or away from family pets.
Of course, you can also go a step further and create closet inserts to keep everything neat, organized, and off the floor. That’s a luxury — but we can at least recommend a simple shoe rack or designated spot on the closet floor.