Black calf tassel loafers by Etymology

How to make your shoes last longer

Black calf tassel loafers by Etymology

In a constantly evolving world, there's something timeless about a well-crafted pair of men's dress shoes. However, investing in high-quality shoes also requires care and consideration so they stand the test of time. Here are seven insights we've gathered on how to make your leather shoes last longer, preserving their elegance and comfort for years to come.

1. Proper Cleaning Rituals
Proper care is the foundation of shoe longevity. Begin by removing dirt or dust with a soft polishing brush, paying close attention to seams and crevices. For leather shoes, use a damp cloth to wipe away stains, and for suede, a soft suede brush or suede eraser works wonders in maintaining their velvety texture.

2. Guarding Against the Elements
Protecting your investment goes beyond cleaning; it involves creating a shield against the elements. Apply a high-quality waterproof spray or wax to create a barrier against moisture. The waterproof spray or wax prevents water damage and protects the leather from salt stains and other environmental factors that can compromise its integrity.

3. Rotation for Recovery
Rotation is another key strategy in extending the lifespan of your dress shoes. Wearing the same pair every day subjects them to constant stress and reduces their longevity. By rotating between multiple pairs, you allow each pair to breathe and recover. Rotation minimises wear and tear and helps maintain the shape of the shoes, preventing premature creasing and deformation.

4. Investing in Quality Shoe Trees
Investing in quality shoe trees is a small expense that pays off in the long run. Shoe trees help maintain the shape of your shoes and absorb moisture, keeping them fresh. Cedar shoe trees, in particular, offer the added benefit of repelling insects and fungi.

5. Polishing
Regular polishing is the secret sauce for keeping your dress shoes looking polished and refined. Invest in high-quality shoe polish that matches the colour of your shoes and apply it using a soft cloth or brush. The shoe polish will shine and nourish the leather, preventing it from drying out and cracking.

6. Topy's and Toe-Taps for Extra Protection
For those who desire additional protection, consider adding Topy's to the soles of your shoes. A topy is a thin rubber sole that provides extra traction and extends the life of the shoe's soles. Toe-taps, made of metal or rubber, can be added to the tips of the soles to protect against scuffs and wear in this high-impact area.

7. Thoughtful Storage Practices
When it comes to storage, the mantra is to keep it cool, dry, and spacious. Avoid crowding your shoes in a tight space to prevent deformities and creasing. Use shoe bags to protect them from dust and scratches when not in use. Store your shoes with shoe trees inside to maintain their shape if possible.

Making your leather shoes last longer requires proper care, protection, and thoughtful storage. It's not just about preserving a material possession; it's about honouring timeless craft. By incorporating these practices into your routine, you can ensure that your Etymology shoes stand the test of time.