Caring For Your Shoes

Caring For Your Shoes

If you have invested in your shoe collection now all you need to do is look after them. Shoes, like suits, should not be worn consecutively for more than one day; this is to allow them to dry out and the leather to rest. This article covers polishing, storage, shoe trees, shoe horns and repairs to help you ensure the longevity of your collection.


Regular Polishing

The first thing to do is polishing, which maintains the leather. The normal polish to use is KIWI, however if you would like a to get a mirror shine look for a polish that has a high level of natural bees-wax, it nourishes the leather and helps create a mirror shine.

A regular polish helps maintain the condition of the shoes, nothing looks worse than a pair of good quality shoes not clean and polished – if you don’t have the time simply pay someone else to do it; there has been quite the resurgence in shoe shine stands, especially through The City, Mayfair and St James’s.

The first step is to go over the shoes with a large shoe brush to remove the dirt and dust from the weeks wear. The next stage is to apply the polish, this is best done with a yellow duster or old t-shirt. wait for the polish to dry (make a cup of tea). Once you have enjoyed your tea the polish should be dried, so now just simply buff off the excess polish with a large shoe brush. Done. Very easy – yet if not done shoes will not last half as long.


Shoes should be stored in shoe bags – all reputable shoe brands include this with a purchase. They should also be stored in a shoebox or shoe rack (preferably made of cedar) on their side to allow the soles to dry out properly.

Shoe Trees

Shoe trees help dry out the shoe, maintain their shape and to keep creases at bay, they are a essential bit of kit. You can get plastic ones, but the best are cedar.

Shoe Horns

An inexpensive way to protect the heel part of your shoes, if not used, even on the best pair of shoes, the stitching on the heel area will get overly worn and will need to be repaired. Most decent shoes come with a shoe tree.


Once your shoes have been worn for some time they will need to be repaired, the first sign they need to be mended is normally the sole.

Most Northampton shoemakers have a repair service. These services do tend to be more than going to the local cobbler, but the benefit of going back to the original shoemaker is that they will use the same materials the shoe was made from in the first place, the repair is more of a refresh as they should replace all the bits that have worn. When you get the shoes back they should look as good as new.

This article is a rework of one originally written by the author for their blog An Aspiring Gent.

Feature Image by photostockeditor on Unsplash