Originally posted 2017-06-16 17:21:35.
Having a quality shoe is very important but knowing how to maintain shoes will go a long way in ensuring that any type of shoe model you purchase from the market would last, irrespective of the quality of the shoe. Even most of the claimed quality shoes do get spoilt within a short time due to wrong handling, while the brands tagged as lower quality may last longer in terms of durability in the hand of anyone with good knowledge of shoe maintenance.
Now, what is shoe maintenance? How best can I handle my expensive shoes to ensure I enjoy the full payback of the cost of purchase? What can I do if I purchased shoe of low quality? Or how can I handle my cheap shoes to ensure they last for me? All these questions and more are what we shall be dealing with in this post.
First of all, acquiring the knowledge in this post will not guarantee that your shoes wouldn’t get spoilt but it will ensure that the lifespan of your shoes is extended. Basically, there are several ways in the past and present which people use to maintain their shoes, but here we shall be dealing with the proven practical ways.
Most shoes in the market today were made with leather, and as such requires all the treatment given to leather to retain its natural strength and last longer. To ensure the durability of your shoes these methods of handling are expected from you;
Ensure the shoe is dried always: one-way types of leather gets weak easily is when they are exposed to source of liquids such water or other solvents by penetrating into the shoe leather and making it to become weak. When such condition is created repeatedly in the shoe the adhesive materials used in bonding the various leather in the shoe will start losing their bonding strength and making it possible for either the sole of the shoe or other parts to easily fall off.
Ensure you do not use fake liquid polish on your shoe: liquid polish cost higher than the solid type yet their counterfeit can easily be made by locals in that field, yet most of these counterfeit liquid polish may even appear very nice and similar to the quality types. The disadvantage of using these fake liquid polish is that it will make the layers of the shoe leather to start peeling off, which is the starting point of the leather decay and ugly appearance.
Never die your shoe color: this is a common mistake usually applied by many people trying to modernize their shoe or perhaps change the color to a suitable, hence they will resort to using a new color of die to change the color or their shoe leather. Though this action may not immediately damage the shoe leather, but it can easily make the shoe to start developing what shoe makers refer to as “color combination lines” this condition is a situation where several lines of different from actual color of the shoe will start appearing on the surface of the shoe, leading to ugly look of the shoe. Though these lines can be hidden with a polish but within few hours it can become visible despite the presence of the polish.
Subject your new shoe for sole protection: one way quality shoes can be rendered useless is through the sole, when the sole of the shoe had washed or chopped off following the prolonged use, the shoe will lose its ground balance and may start incurring pain on the feet of the user during long trekking, to avoid such scenario it will be necessary to give your new shoe to shoe makers to add a layer under the shoe sole so that any decrease in height will affect only the attached layer which can be removed anytime and attach new one.
There may be other basic ways of maintaining your shoes but these mentioned methods are proven to be very effective both for high quality and low quality shoes.