For the second installment of my “How to Care” series, I wanted to discuss one of the most important components of a man’s wardrobe, the dress shoe. Shoes can definitely make or break an outfit, and I always consider my shoe purchases an investment. So it’s only right that I protect those investments. Here are six ways to maintain some of your favorite dress shoes.
1. Polish Your Shoes. The art of shoe polishing is definitely a dying art. I believe it is something that this generation is either not aware of, or we’ve just become so lazy and careless that we rather purchase a new pair of shoes whenever they get scuffed up and dirty. Believe it or not, polishing your shoes can be a very calming and relaxing experience and I do some of my best work when I’m having a rough day. There are actually hundreds of videos on how to polish shoes but this video in particular taught me everything I know about the process and truly made me appreciate the art.
2. Avoid Wearing the Same Shoes Back to Back. This is why having at least 2-3 quality pairs of dress shoes is so important. Creases and scuffs are inevitable but if you can limit the amount of times you wear each pair, you will guarantee a longer lifespan for all of them.
3. Insert Shoe Trees After Each Wear. Shoe trees are essential for maintaining the shape of your favorite shoes. They also absorb any moisture that might accumulate after wearing them for a while, and by absorbing the moisture it lowers the risk of having smelly shoes.
4. Replace the Soles and Heels. Just like the late great Johnnie Taylor said, “It’s cheaper to keep her”. In this case, its really cheaper to replace the soles and heels of your favorite shoes as opposed to buying a brand new pair (as long as the uppers are still in good shape). Some men even reinforce their shoes with an extra layer of rubber before the first wear. So once your soles and/or heels begin to wear down, you can take them to any local shoe repair shop and get them repaired for as little as $20.
5. Purchase a Pair of Rubber Slip-Ons. A pair of rubber slip-ons are essential for protecting your shoes from the rain and snow. I was lucky enough to find a pair in the thrift store years ago, but here are some options for rubber slip-ons here and here.
7. Always use a shoe horn. This is also very important because not only does it help you put on your shoe easily, but it also prevents you from damaging the back of your shoes.
As always, thank you for reading and feel free to comment below if you have any other tips on how to take care of dress shoes.
The Dapper Advisor