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  • By: Cynthia Nellis

  • You've found the shoes of your dreams (maybe even a tight, tall pair of leather boots!) and brought them home. You may know fashion, but may be clueless about the best way to care for your shoes. Here are some tips:

  • Use shoe trees between wearings to help shoes retain their shape.

  • Let shoes rest on the trees at least 12 hours between wearing.

  • Clean off dirt after every wear with a soft brush or rag.

  • Always use a shoehorn for putting on your shoes.

  • Stop new suedes from "crocking" (rubbing off on clothes) by rubbing vigorously with a towel.

  • Exotic skins need extra care -- use special cleaners and conditioners.

  • Use water and stain repellant on suede and nubuck shoes before you wear them. When water stops beading up, respray.

    Polishing smooth leather in a nutshell
    1. Clean the shoes with a leather cleaner to get the grime off the top.
    2. Condition the leather to soften. Use a cream a shade lighter than the shoe to cover scratches.
    3. Use paste, wax or cream polish to shine your shoes.
    4. Weatherproof your shoes.

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