Rain, puddles, mud, snow, sleet, salt... these are all winter issues that can damage your shoes.
Winter weather can be harsh on your shoes, but by taking preventative steps you can keep your shoes in great condition, so they last for several years - and winters - to come.
Prep shoes for winter with waterproofing protector sprays. There are many sprays on the market which will help to protect your shoes from the rain and stop salt marks forming on leather and suede shoes. However, you should note that no spray will completely waterproof your shoes - so you will want to avoid those puddles!
If your shoes already have stains, then you should leave them overnight to dry. This is a different approach to stains in clothing. You can gently pat the stain to remove any excess liquid, do not perform a wiping motion while the stain is still wet as this will cause it to smudge and could cause further damage to your shoes. You can then use a combination cleaner to remove the dry stain.
If you get seriously splashed in a puddle or caught in the rain, then you should use a cloth to pat off excess liquid and leave your shoes to dry naturally whenever possible. Do not use a hairdryer as direct heat can be very damaging to leather shoes and may cause them to crack.
Leather is a skin, and like our own skin, it can get dry in cold weather. Just as we may need a stronger moisturizer in the winter months so too do our leather shoes. A waxed leather cream will help will restore moisture to your shoes. You should do this at least once every six months.
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