Men’s shoes tell a story about the man wearing them. What do you want to communicate with your shoes? Women, bosses and even other men notice what you are wearing on your feet. Why buy the best dress shoes if you are not going to take care of them? The best investment in shoes is the care and cleaning of all your shoes. Regardless of you taste in shoes. Put together your own shoebox of important shoe care accessories if you are not in a position to have someone else take care of them.
The shoebox should contain: a good quality leather and suede cleaner; several shoe cleaning cloths and brushes; shoe polish to match all of your shoes; weather protecting product in a non-aerosol format (better for the environment); extra laces for each pair of shoes that require laces; deodorizing spray for the inside of your shoes; extra inner soles to extend the life of your shoes; and the address of a good repair store for the times when the heels or other parts of the shoe need repair.
If you can afford the investment, purchase wooden shoetrees, these are adjustable wooden forms to keep the shape of you shoe as it deodorizes. Shoes should be rotated so that they dry out completely between wearing. Wooden shoe trees help to speed up the drying process and prevent curling at the toe. If your shoes have become soaking wet, do not put them near the heat as this can cause cracking and splitting. Instead, fill the shoes with newspaper and leave in a dry cool environment until completely dry.
New shoes should be waxed and polished before they are taken out into the elements. Project this investment with the best quality products that you can find. Remember to wax and polish over stitching as this will increase the weatherproofing of the shoe. This process will reduce the number of permanent scuffs and scratches that you get on your new shoes.
Buy the Best
Buy the best shoes you can afford. Well cared for shoes last a lifetime. If you can’t afford the best, try the Army surplus store for great quality military oxfords. You need a black pair, a burgundy or brown pair and a casual pair. Dress shoes should have laces.
Fit of the Shoe
Make sure that the shoe fits. Do not depend on a shoe stretching. Make sure it fits before you leave the store. Shoes should be comfortable. When ordering online, make sure that you have measured your feet know your size in Canadian, US, European and Asian sizes. Know the width of your foot for comfort and longevity of the shoes you buy.