How to Extend the Life of Your Favorite Sneakers

Footwear, please, one of the main expenditures of any resident of the metropolis: the acquisition of new pairs every season with or without has become a common thing. In order to try to give up the endless purchases of necessary and unnecessary couples, we suggest that you seriously think about caring for and caring for the beloved couples that you already have.

Thanks to the comfort, sneakers from once exclusively sports shoes have finally turned into everyday shoes. They go to work, clubs, and restaurants – in a word, it is already becoming difficult to say where a person in sneakers may not be allowed. In the fall and winter, almost no one refuses sneakers either, replacing frankly light options with pairs with thick soles made of stiffer materials. But what if, after a month of wearing, sneakers lose their original appearance? Think about what you are doing wrong. It should be noted right away that there is a big difference whether you care for sneakers made from a combination of suede, textiles, and synthetics or smooth leather options. Care and its degree of difficulty will undoubtedly differ.

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Owners of leather shoes, especially white ones, face more difficult care. The most common problem with leather sneakers in the realities of the Moscow off-season is cracks in the skin. The saddest thing is that this can affect both cheap and expensive pairs. If this happened due to the fact that the sneakers are soaked in a mixture of wet water and reagents, it is difficult to help after this. Therefore, it is important to always use a water-repellent spray before going out, which is often ignored by everyone. The most common mistake when drying sneakers is to place them next to a radiator or heater: the skin can also crack, and the shoes themselves can lose their shape. It is preferable to dry absolutely all sneakers in a dry room at room temperature.

There are two important steps in caring for leather sneakers – exactly the same as in facial care: cleansing and nutrition. They don’t need to be done often. Meals are not required more often than several times a season. Before applying the cream, shoes must be cleaned and the laces must be removed. It is important to make sure they are dry. Perhaps just a damp cloth will be enough (if the skin is very thin – dry), or you may need a special cleanser. Next, use a small brush to apply conditioner or cream. Using circular motions, spread them over the entire surface and wait until it is completely dry. If the whole process seems complicated to you, you can always seek professional help. Such cleaning can cost from about $ 30, and any major dry cleaning network can help with this.

Caring for leather and suede shoes is different. Suede is not the best idea for the Moscow fall, no matter if we are talking about sneakers or boots. Although all manufacturers like to emphasize that there are no bad materials, there is poor care, suede can behave unpredictably in rainy weather. Dry cleaning is preferable for her – water can leave stains on the shoes. You can remove dirt either with the help of a professional shoemaker or with a special brush or eraser.

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A separate conversation is sole cleaning. If soap and a soft rag don’t work here, you can try using a brush and needle to remove the stuck stones. If you want to return the sole to its former whiteness, by all means, soak a cotton pad in nail polish remover and wipe the sole with it – perhaps this will help get rid of the dirty yellow color. It is worth noting that this method is quite radical and can lead to damage to the sole, so it is important to test it on a small area.

Dima A.

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