By MH Staff - Posted on 20th January 2014
Shoe designer George Esquivel reveals how to keep your fancy new shoes looking great.
On leather-bottomed shoes, “don’t wait until the soles and heels are too worn,” Esquivel says. “This will affect the structure of the shoe.” Have a cobbler put rubber heels and soles on the bottom where your foot tends to strike.
“A lot of men tend to take off one shoe by using the toe of the other,” Esquivel says. Removing your shoes without untying them not only scuffs the heels but also may damage their structure. Take 10 seconds to untie the laces and slip your shoes off with your hands.
Avoid wearing shoes two days in a row to allow the leather a chance to recover. (This prevents funky smells too.) When a pair is on the sidelines, insert shoe trees to maintain the shoes’ shape.
Yes, good shoes should be polished. But don’t be strict about colour matching. “An easy way to add some character to any pair of shoes is to use a darker polish,” Esquivel says. “If the shoes are brown, polish them with a darker shade or maybe a lighter coat of black.”
Consider trading in basic brown for cobalt blue. You can find new laces for around R70 a pair from My Socks: it may be the simplest and least expensive up-grade you’ll ever make.