facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

Style: Best Foot Forward

William Kissel

Fine footwear requires care.

· Never wear shoes two days in a row, because they become moist from perspiration. Let them dry for at least 24 hours between wearings. 
· Never dry wet shoes next to a heater or fire; doing so will shrink and harden the leather. Instead, stuff the shoes with newspaper and leave them to dry in ambient room temperature. 
· Always use shoe trees made of cedar, which absorbs moisture.  
· Using a shoehorn prolongs the life of your shoes. Forcing your foot into a pair of shoes can break the heel counter, causing the back lining to break down prematurely. 
· When shoes begin to appear worn, use clear, natural shoe cream instead of colored. 
· When polishing, apply heat with a hair dryer to open up the pores of the leather for greater absorption. 
· A combination of shoe cream and polish is preferred. Shoe cream is absorbed deep into the grain of the leather and helps restore it, while polish produces a higher gloss. 
· Use fine sandpaper to remove scratches on white bucks, and touch them up with a buck bag, a small pouch of white powder you can tap onto the shoes.

Photo by Darin Schnabel
Copyright 2013 American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Photo by Stephan Cooper
Copyright 2014 Infiniti
Photo by Pietro Carrieri
Photo by Pawel Litwinski