There are many types of shoes. Good footwear are not very cheap these days. Men and women's designer shoes, for example, are already worth a fortune. However, buyers of designer footwear could commit the error of not maintaining these very expensive pairs of footwear in the proper way. Is it not time to raise the awareness about taking care of footwear?

Benefits of maintaining your shoes

If you maintain your footwear in the right way, then you can attain many benefits. For example, these are the important benefits of maintaining your shoes in the best way:

1. Your shoes will always look new.

2. Proper shoe maintenance will make your shoes durable and long lasting.

3. Properly maintained footwear add glamour to the wearer's feet.

4. Proper maintained shoes will always remain in proper shape.

5. You will not need to spend time on purchasing new footwear every now and then.

Basic shoe maintenance

The proper maintenance of your footwear have four steps namely: cleaning, drying, polishing and storing. You should not stop with mere cleaning.

• Cleaning the shoes

After wearing your footwear, you should keep them clean. If they are not too dirty, you can just wipe off the dust and dirt. For footwear that are made of other sensitive materials like suede or sheepskin, you will need special kinds of detergent to clean off the dirt. Shoes should be hand-washed and in some cases, you will need to use special cleaners for cleaning your footwear. If your footwear have buckles and laces, you should never forget to remove these accessories and clean them separately.

• Drying the shoes

After washing, you have to dry your footwear. The way to proper drying of shoes is leaving them in airy space. Do not dry them in clothes dryers or in strong sunlight. Such steps can damage your shoes.

• Polishing the shoes

Some footwear may not need this step but there are other kinds of shoes that will require this as necessary step. Polishing can make your shoes new and shining. The shoe polish is in fact a protective shield for the footwear. Even if it is raining or snowing, it is still advised that you polish your shoes before wearing them.

Children's school footwear should always be cleaned and polished to increase their life. Similarly, most types of men's formal footwear can be kept in a good way by polishing them properly.

• Storing the shoes

Before you store your shoes, be sure to sort them first. Put each pair in a shoe box and arrange them inside your wardrobe. The sorting can be made differently – according to use or occasion, according to color, frequency of use and other sorting which could be applicable to your needs. The shoes that you wear most frequently should be located in the most reachable areas. When storing boots, be sure to provide support stickers in order to keep their shape.

Source by Kyra G Miele