Ahh.. Spring has sprung. We know what that means: Strappy sandals and open-toe pumps are back in our favorite neutrals and pastel shades. Trendy Shoe Shop wants to make sure those gorgeous pairs stay looking new for many seasons to come. Here’s a few practical, super-easy steps to keep all your Spring shoes shiny, neat and protected from April rain!
Caring for genuine leather shoes in white or pastel colors can be challenging indeed . The method of cleansing used depends strongly on the type of leather used in each shoe style. High-quality calfskin and similar varieties of leather shoes require a simple, natural-bristle shoe brush used with a cream cleanser or foam. Protective conditioning is essential for leather shoes which, like our skin, spend a good amount of time in the sun. Polish each pair of shoes with a wax or cream that matches its original color (liquid polish tends to enhance cracks). Using a soft cloth, apply shoe polish in a circular motion.
Key tip: Separate brushes and clothes should be reserved for leathers in similar shades (white, pinks, browns etc.)
Nubuck leather wears best when sprayed with a moisture-repelling shoe protector. Avoid brushing; nubuck is more prone to scratches and damage than supple calfskin. Promptly (yet gently) treat stains with a nubuck or suede shoe cleaner.
Like nubuck leather, Womens suede footwear requires gentler methods of prevention and cleansing. Water-repellant spray is a must. Invest a few dollars into a conditioning formula made exclusively for suede; buff outsoles or the suede inside of footwear with a soft cloth to remove stains without heavy abrasion.
Patent Leather, Vegan and Flip Flops
Despite its unique appearance, slick and shiny patent leather is one of the easiest Women’s shoe styles to polish and clean. Coat shoes with a thin layer of liquid soap and gently wipe with a damp cloth. Once dry, apply a bit of petroleum jelly or even mineral oil to make patent leather shoes shine. Water-repellant sprays may also be used.
Key Tip: Prevent stains by using a protective shoe spray (formula varies by shoe type)
Eco-friendly, vegan leather and rubber flip flops require must less maintenance than its natural counterpart. Use a generic soap or dishwashing liquid to clean away stains; wipe with a soft damp cloth and pat dry.