Could you do a post about caring for shoes and how to fix scuff marks? Or maybe how to pick longer lasting shoes? I just bought black Nine West flats in September and the leather (??) toes are already peeling. So depressing! I don’t think this is fixable and they look so grungy, I don’t even know if a little black polish would prolong their life. But what could I have done to prevent this? Or did I just buy the wrong pair of shoes? I feel like I end up going through shoes way too quickly despite paying a healthy amount for them (but maybe not enough!).We’ve talked about wearing scuffed shoes to the office, properly storing shoes, and upgrading your shoe collection, and we also had a guest post on shoe care, but we haven’t talked about exactly this in a while. So let’s discuss. For my $.02: it sounds like Reader M might be a) too hard on her shoes (as in, wearing them everywhere, including a commute that might be too tough on the heels), and b) might get better results with slightly better shoes. I have gotten years of wear out of even inexpensive brands like Nine West, though, so I have a few ideas for Reader M:
- First thing when you get your shoes, waterproof them. This should help the materials hold up and look their best. I’ve always had luck with the Kiwi brand — just make sure you read the instructions to make sure whichever spray you’re holding is a good fit for the shoes you want to spray. (I have different sprays for sneakers, suede shoes, and regular leather.)
- Be wary of little problems before they turn into big ones. If the leather starts to peel or otherwise detach from your shoe, I would fix it the best I could (a shoe sponge, or even a Sharpie can help it look better in a pinch, but there are also specialty products and of course cobblers), and then move the shoe to the “wear only at the office” pile. Not every shoe can go every where — and the sooner you learn where a shoe can’t go, the better you’ll be.
- Know what you can fix. Heel tips and soles are things you can replace very easily, either at home or with a cobbler — but scratched leather is much harder. I haven’t been plagued too much by scuff marks myself, but there seem to be a ton of ways to get them out yourself.
- Automate your shoe care. If you’re really busy, it’s best to just get in the habit of dropping them off at the cobbler once a season (or even just twice a year). It’s more expensive to have him or her do everything, but I’ve always found it’s one of those things that it’s easier to outsource. (Then again, I’ve always been in a little apartment with poor ventilation, so that’s another consideration!) I usually waterproof them again when they come back from the cobbler.
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