This Is The Best Way to Dry Wet Leather Shoes
The rain may ruin a lot of things—your commute, your hair, your social plans – don’t let it ruin your leather boots too.
Shoe expert Adam Derrick, designer and founder of To Boot New York, gave us a 3-step plan to save your kicks.
1. Take off the drenched duds.
Ball up some paper towels and stuff them into your boots.
2. Turn the boots on their sides (never sole down) to let the air circulate freely—this minimises drying time.
And if you’re thinking about pulling out a hair dryer or placing them near a heater to speed it up, stop right there.
Going au naturale is your best bet. The heat from a dryer can warp the leather and twist your shoe out of shape. And don’t leave them next to a fire or other type of heat source. High heat can cause the leather to dry too quickly and crack.
3. Wait until your boots are dry, and then use a wooden shoe tree to restore the shape. Wooden shoe trees also absorb moisture from the shoe and help to prevent shoe odour.
Soften the outside with a leather cream or lotion. If suede shoes get soaked, treat them the same way you would leather—just swap out the leather cream and use a suede brush to buff up the dry fabric.
Prevention is better than cure
While you can keep your kicks looking like new even if they’ve been put through the ringer (using the steps above), there’s much to be said for the old adage that prevention is better than cure. Here are some tips to keep in mind before heading out into the elements:
- Apply a waterproof spray over the leather before you leave the house.
- Boots need a day off. If you want your boots to last longer, never wear them for two or three consecutive days.
- You have to clean, polish and condition your leather boots on a regular basis. But it’s important to use a cleaning product that is suited to the shoe’s material.
Looking for some leather boots this winter? The Brusk Lace boot from Cat (also pictured above) should be in everybody’s wardrobe!