Fall weather is here! A reminder that it’s time to clean and prepare shoes for the winter months … to protect your footwear investment from both moisture and salt.
The first thing to do is make sure your shoes are clean. If there’s dirt or salt stains around the soles or on the surface of the shoe itself, you’ll want to use a soft cloth and a mild cleaning solution to remove that soil. [If there are salt stains and the leather has been corroded, a recommended solution is white vinegar and water. A 1:1 ratio is good.] Then let your shoes dry thoroughly.
Protecting your shoes
- Apply a waterproofing product that will protect your shoe’s surface area. We recommend KG-XTREME All-Purpose Leather Guard or LEXOL Leather Conditioner. OR…
- Polish your shoes with a cream or paste polish. We recommend (and carry) Meltonian Boot & Shoe Cream Polish and Kiwi Paste. Either of these great products will also serve as a sealant for the shoe surface area. [Avoid using liquid polish — those with a sponge dauber — as they tend to dry the leather out and cause the leather to crack.]
A little time invested now will keep your shoes looking great and will protect them from the winter elements. You can thank me later!
Aaron Fagan | Fagan’s Shoe Repair & More