How to take care of designer shoes – my top 3 tips
I find it harder justifying spending big bucks on designer shoes than designer bags. The reason is pretty obvious, shoes get worn out much quicker and they don’t “live” as long as a bag. Luckily there are a few things you can do to extend the life of your nice shoe investment. A pair of shoes can last much longer if you look after them properly. Here I’ll share my top 3 tips on how to take care of designer shoes.
1. If the shoes have a leather sole, put on a rubber sole
My number one tip on how to take care of your designer shoes is to go to a cobbler and put on rubber soles. This is my golden rule, I ALWAYS do this. No matter where you live, if it’s sunny California or rainy London, the delicate leather soles will not survive for long if you wear them a lot. They’ll easily wear down and can’t handle wet ground very well.
I know it’s tempting to use your new shoes right away, but it’s important that you put on the rubber sole BEFORE you start to use them. Don’t wait. This is a pro tip from my cobbler. Also, I speak from experience. Years ago I didn’t bother to put in the extra time and money (but honestly, this doesn’t cost much) and the pretty red soles on my Louboutins look worn down after a couple times of use and the same goes for a pair of Isabel Marant Dicker boots. But after a while, I came to my senses and managed to save them. Even though the leather soles were worn down and dirty, it helped to put on rubber soles and I still have these pairs of shoes today.
So, I’ve learned my lesson and here’s an example. I absolutely love the Gucci Princetown slippers and they are so incredibly comfy! These are my “to go” shoes for many occasions so I wear them a lot. They are beautifully handcrafted and I love to admire the details on the leather sole of a brand new pair, but even so, I have to “ruin” them a little by putting on rubber soles. I’d rather do this and have them for many seasons.
2. Impregnate your shoes
It will make them water-and dirt- resistant and prevent salt-staining. It’s especially important for suede, nubuck and smooth leather, even fabric as well. If you spray your new shoes before use and repeat regularly (I do it once or twice per season), they will hold up much better. I live in a climate with unstable weather, and the biggest threat is the salt stains during winter time. They really ruin the shoes if you’re not paying attention, so impregnating the shoes really is a must.
3. Store your shoes properly
Storing your shoes properly makes a big difference to how they hold up. When buying a new pair of designer shoes, I always keep the box, tissue paper and dust bag that comes with them. I store them in their boxes stuffed with tissue paper when they’re not in use. In seasons where I use them regularly, I store them on a shoe shelf inside my closet. When I’m traveling I always pack them in their dust bags.
Follow these top 3 tips
If you follow these tips on how to take care of designer shoes, your nice shoe investment will last much longer. I’ve had a few pairs for many years which I’ve used a lot on a regular basis, and they’re still holding up really well. Also, cost per wear goes dramatically down when you have them for many seasons!