DON’T WAIT to break in a pair of shoes – and definitely don’t suffer. If your new shoes are less than comfortable, take them to a shoe repair to soften any spots that rub, so you can enjoy your shoes straight away.
IF YOUR SHOES ever get soaked in the rain, never try to dry them with a hair dryer as it will dull and distort the leather. Stuff them with newspaper and let them dry naturally.
KEEP POINTY SHOES from curling up and wrinkling at the toes by using a toe tree or stuffing them with tissue paper.
EVERY MONTH APPLY a protective cream to all your leather shoes – not to make them shiny – but to nourish the leather and keep them supple.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR SHOES near the heater, or out in the summer sun – they’ll dry up, shrink and the soles can become unglued.
HAVE PROTECTIVE RUBBER TAPS put on toes and heels before you wear them – especially pointed shoes that can be difficult to repair at the tips.
SPRAY SUEDE SHOES with Scotchguard to prevent stains – and invest in a suede brush to help remove any marks and keep shoes looking good.
REMOVE MARKS from light-coloured or satin shoes with splash of nail-polish remover on some damp cotton wool.
CLEAN PATENT leather shoes with Windex – it not only gets rid of any stubborn spots, it’ll give them a great shine.
ACT QUICKLY if you spill food on your shoes and sprinkle baby powder on the spot straight away – the talc will absorb the grease and make the stain easier to remove.
SUPPORT YOUR LONG boots and stop them wrinkling by putting a rolled up issue of your favourite magazine (you’ve already read) in each the boot leg.