Taking Care of Your Shoes

They say shoes speak volumes about the man in them. Choosing the right shoes is just the first step. Shoe care is an integral part of male grooming. Mr. Andrea Leoni, owner of Caravaggio leather tannery in Pisa, Italy has the following advice when taking care of your shoes.

Shoe tree re-awaken the shoe's natural structural memory; and prevent the leather from wrinkling and creasing. The original shape of the shoe is maintained by the tension of the shoe tree. Moisture from perspiration if left unchecked is absorbed into the lining of shoes, thus decreasing the life of shoes. By placing shoe trees into shoes every night, the moisture is absorbed into the shoe tree. Shoe odours are also naturally negated with the powerful scent of aromatic cedar.
Rotate your shoes if you want your fine leather shoes to last longer, wear them on alternate days.Shoes need a day off to retain their natural shape and structure. On their day off, make sure you have used a shoe tree to help restore your shoe's shape.
Wear new shoes only for 3 - 4 hours on the first few days. When a shoe is new, the leather is firm. A couple of hours of wear in the initial few days will allow the leather to stretch and conform to the unique shape of your feet. This will ensure that you feel more comfortable when you wear them for a longer duration in the coming days.
Use a shoe horn when wearing your shoes This saves the heel collar and counter from unnecessary wear and tear.
Let your shoes dry naturally Leather should always dry naturally. They should not be placed in direct sunlight as overheating will cause the leather to become stiff and brittle.
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