Shoes: Tips on How to Care for and Conserve Footwear

“Tell me what you’re doing and I’ll tell you who you are!”

If you wear an ugly shoe, you will be ugly. If you wear a fancy shoe, you will be chic!

There you have everything you need to know about Footwear.

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My God, what stupid things are the phrases that lead this story, are not they?

Really. As in all situations in life, a superficial thought has never been able to extract what we have of the best. Now, how about imagining that same thought applied on the reverse side of our assumption?

How many times have you really cared about the shoes you would wear?Maybe not many.

Wrong or not, my job here is not to judge, but to inform.

Maybe I hear from you: “Shoes are for wedding, sneakers are for walking and slippers are to stay at home”.End.

Most of the time this statement will be correct.But let us return to the same logic that was applied at the beginning of the text: just as in every situation in life, thinking about something superficial has never drawn the best of us or the things we put our hands on.

Taking this into account, I noticed that most of my friends – and even myself for a long time – had some concern about the formal issue of footwear, but very little concern about the aesthetic issue, much less about preservation Of the piece itself.

The occasion, the aesthetics and the instinct of preservation of its footwear

We have three situations that occur next to each other:

Occasional Concern: If they went to some formal event, everyone had the exact notion that feet should be wearing leather shoes.This has always been an untouchable maxim.

Already at a barbecue time with the family, a simple slipper would be solving everything that was necessary.

Aesthetic Concern:

“On the formal occasion, it is imperative that the color of my shoes match the color of my pants and socks.”

Finally, the preservation concern:

“- Dress suit, tie knot made, shoes placed! Epa … Lucas, my shoe is not shining, right? ”
“I do not know, man, it’s dark, the pants are dark, let’s go!”
“I’m late.”

If we look at things under these optics, we will come to an intriguing conclusion:

I worry if I have the correct footwear for the occasion, I worry if the colors of the model I am wearing are in accordance with the rest of my clothing, however, I simply ignore the state of conservation of what I am wearing!

Still in the same situation, keep in mind that poorly maintained footwear will disrupt and directly affect your two previous concerns.

The occasion, after all, what is it to be wearing more formal dresses that seek to show the importance you are giving to the event and at the same time to wear shoes that say the opposite, that are poorly cared for and sloppy?

What about the aesthetic concern.Your black pants can be extremely well cut, but if your shoes that were black are lighter than it, grays and without saturation (in case they have color), surely this combination will not be harmonious, as the value and chroma will Of the rest of the composition.(Remember that we have already said something about color in the PapodeHomem ).

Today, for the first time, we are not talking about harmony and aesthetic effect, but about the benefits of preserving a product well.

Aside from conservation directly affecting how footwear is perceived, it is impossible not to take into account that by taking care of the right way of something, we avoid its early wear and we save money.We still have a bonus: if the piece is a xodó, it can stay that much longer.

Most of you should know some conservation tricks and polishing tips, so I’ll share the information I find most unusual and unique.

Note: The tips below are mostly aimed at shoes, since sneakers usually require less care and also have the fact that some become much cooler when worn.

Wooden shoe molds

There are several benefits to having one of these beauties. When they take off their shoes (once worn), they always get damp, even if imperceptibly. This “wet” condition can cause not only a bad odor, but also the size of your footwear, because of the contraction/puffing caused by the absorption and evaporation of liquids.

These pieces also help to “straighten” the shoes after the wear they suffer when you walk.No wonder, poorly maintained old shoes tend to look like “stumps” and shapeless means.Now you know why.

But you do not need to have a shoe for each shoe.Three quiet hours inside the shoes you just used is more than enough.

What is the best form?  

If you can invest a little more in a mold, opt for virgin cedar.Although it is a more expensive material, in that case, it really is the one that best absorbs moisture better and eliminates the odor.

It costs more, but has a more powerful return.

I do not have the money for a meal now.What’s up?

Do not worry, my friend. There is an alternative, though not as effective and somewhat more laborious. Use your beloved daily newspaper!

That’s it.Fill your footwear as close to the volume your own foot would take.Now let the newspaper act the same way you would if you used the form.It is important to check if the newspaper is stiff inside.

The consistency here is important because she will be responsible for “straightening” your shoe.

The newspaper has two negative factors with regard to the wood mold: it will not remove the odor with the same efficiency (although it still does a little) and it is also a certain porre to fit right newspaper in the shoe every time you get home.But we are talking about levels of difficulty and not impediment barriers, so if you are not lazy, you will get the result you are expecting.

Flooded shoes, what do I do?

A practical example: the apocalypse resolved to pass right over his head and, in that whole storm, his shoes were totally soaked.On arriving home, time decided to be ironic with you and opened that solzão.What do you do with your shoes?

“Put it on the floor, right?”

No way!

Letting the leather dry in the sun (or in a tumble dryer) will dry very quickly and crack. The best way forward is to let it dry naturally, in an enlightened environment, but in which it does not receive intense heat.

The great trick here is our multipurpose newspaper.Put a few pages inside to remove the excess, press a little against the leather, and then remove the newspaper.Repeat process 2 times at least.This greatly accelerates the drying and avoids the risk of the shoe smelling of the fearsome “wet towel”.

Note: It is important not to leave the forgotten newspaper inside.He releases some paint and, well, runs the risk of smudging (inside) your dear shoe.

Now it’s time to polish!

Remember that the first step here is to wipe a damp cloth all over the shoe, so pass a brush vigorously, especially where the leather folds to the floor, as it is in this part that most of the dust residue is deposited.

Caution:Avoid using soap when cleaning. Usually they will have chemical waste that will change the color and damage the material being cleaned.

Greasing is an action that should only be performed after the shoes are completely clean, otherwise you will only camouflage the dirt and not increase the life of your shoes.

The grease should be put on a plain cloth (old cotton shirt is a great request), then passed in a circular way, so you get a uniform result and no color or brightness oscillations.The function of the grease is not only to make it shine, but also to hydrate the leather and prevent it from drying out.

Now it’s time to polish! Version without money no!  

That’s right, my friend. The photo does not lie. Our magic item in question is a banana! The oil and potassium of the banana peel are great for polishing and moisturizing your shoes!

The whole process is very simple:take the peel of a banana, (avoid the very ripe ones, as they are too salty) and rub the inside of the shoe, just like you would with the paninho and the grease.

Let it act for a few minutes and when the shoe appears to be drier, take a soft cloth and remove the excesses, always rubbing in a circular fashion.

Ready!You have just polished your shoes without spending anything and the most environmentally friendly and waste-free way possible.

And the suede, what is it?

Natural suede is the tanned skin of any animal (in the early days, it was only the skin of the suede itself, this nice pussy in the photo. Hence the origin of the name).The difference from ordinary leather to suede is that it is the inner part of the animal’s skin (as opposed to traditional leather), because it is thinner, it is also softer, but more delicate in the treatment and maintenance.

To clean a natural suede shoe, use only a soft, dry brush.It’s the best way to keep it kept.This is one of the most delicate materials used in shoes, it is also common to find its synthetic variant that has similar properties, but easier to deal with.

Lava lace?

Yes sir!

It is not necessary that it be as often as polishing, but it is interesting that they are not grimy, as this can change their color and also, of course, help in increasing the unpleasant odor (shoelaces also stink, buddy!).

To wash them, fill the sink with warm water and little soap, soak them for about 10 minutes, then rinse well with cold water.So just let it dry and that’s it.Lips clean and fragrant!

Light tips, but not least

  1. This is my grandmother’s recipe. Are your shoes in the biggest fudum in history and do not go out at all? Take charcoal, break into small pieces, fill a stocking with them and leave for a day inside the smelly. Repeat once a week for a month.
  2. Tennis is also “streaky” and without form. In their case, the biggest culprit is usually the owner.When you take them off, always untie them first.To do without doing this is to ask them to lose their shape and stick to a format of nothing, old boot style.
  3. Finally, I went to research a little about ties of laces, because in this question my knowledge is practically nil.It was then that I came across a website that will tell you everything I could say after studying for years: Ian’s Shoelance Site !

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