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How To Prepare Your Shoes for Cooler Weather

by Amanda Haxton December 06, 2017

How To Prepare Your Shoes for Cooler Weather

With the weather changing and cooler temperatures setting in, it’s time to prep your shoes for winter.

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.

Take these steps to look after your shoes

Waterproofing Your Shoes

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!

  • Start by gently wiping away any excess dirt
  • Spray the protector all over your shoes following the specific instructions of the product.
  • Spray in a ventilated area and leave overnight to dry.
  • You should reapply protector at least once per week in the winter months.

Dealing with Stains and Water Exposure

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.

Rehydrating Your Leather

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.

If your old boots are beyond saving and you’re looking for a new pair check out the UKIES booties range.

 

Amanda Haxton
Amanda Haxton


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