Let’s face it, deciding to purchase a pair of fine Italian leather shoes is not a small investment.
Shoes of exceptional quality will last long naturally but if you really want to get the most out of your purchase, you need to make sure you take care of your shoes.
With that in mind, here are five tips for keeping your Italian shoes in tip-top shape year-round and for many years to come.
1. Shine Your Shoes Regularly
There’s no doubt that shining your shoes will make them look great and give them that extra pop that makes you truly stand out. However, shining your shoes regularly is a key component to ensuring that they maintain their condition by moisturizing and helping to waterproof the leather.
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You can find several guides online to shoe shining. Find a method that best suits your needs and be sure to regularly follow it to leave your fine Italian shoes looking great and allow you to step out on the town with confidence.
2. Use Shoe Trees
One of the best items you can purchase to ensure your shoes live a long and healthy life is a pair of shoe trees, preferably made from cedarwood. Shoe trees help to preserve the shoes shape, stop it from developing creases, control odor and absorb moisture.
Shoe trees are especially important if you ever wear the shoes without socks as the perspiration can damage the inner lining of the shoe over time.
3. Clean Your Shoes on a Regular Basis
It goes without saying that a key component to a long-lasting shoe is a regular cleaning regimen. Before you get started, check to see whether the leather on your shoe is finished or unfinished. Leather that is untreated requires different cleansers.
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As with polishing, several guides to proper shoe cleaning can be found with a quick search. Don’t neglect what is perhaps the most important aspect of caring for your leather shoes.
4. Weatherproof Your Shoes
Nothing can ruin your day like a sudden rainstorm while you’re out and about in your beautiful Italian shoes. That is unless you planned ahead and make sure to weatherproof them.
Weatherproofing your shoes is a vital and easy step to make sure they’re ready no matter what mother nature decides to throw at you. Here’s one of many guides that describes how to weatherproof your shoes. Stay on top of this vital step and you’ll never fear cloudy skies again.
5. Purchase High-Quality Shoes
The best tip to make sure your shoes stay in amazing shape year-round is to purchase high-quality shoes in the first place. No amount of care can make low-quality shoes last as long as ones made with exquisite craftsmanship and the best materials.
Kalena’s Italian Shoes offers only the highest standard of luxury Italian footwear which means that our shoes will last even longer if you give them the proper care and attention.