Today Neha Kumthekar of shoe brand Oceedee tells us how to prepare our leather shoes for the wet monsoon season.
1: Be natural by air-drying your shoes
Never forget to let your shoes dry naturally! Of course, that’s every time they get wet, even a little wet. This is the key to basic hygiene and the longevity of your shoes. Also, never make the mistake of drying them with a hair dryer or using extreme heat on your delicate leather as it could crack. Dry your shoes naturally under a fan at normal room temperature for best results.
2: Store them properly!
Those pretty, rather expensive pairs of leather shoes that can’t get out during monsoons, also need some care. They must remain comfortable to prevent moisture from seeping in and causing great damage. If you don’t use shoes regularly, be sure to stuff them with newspaper and put them in a heavy cloth bag. Be very careful because your wooden cabinets can also absorb moisture in this wet season. To further prevent moisture retention by leather shoes, keep sachets of silica gel or place a bowl of baking soda in your wood cabinets.
3: Fight the mold!
God forgive! But if your shoes are growing mushrooms on them, you don’t need to throw them away right away. It is difficult to deal with them but certainly not impossible! The best chance to get them back is to rub them gently with an old toothbrush. However, you need to make sure that nothing is left behind, not even in the smallest crevices in the shoe, as everything will grow back. So clean them properly and air dry them naturally to avoid further mold attacks.
4: polish them to a shine
Polishing your shoes not only maintains quality, but also protects them from moisture. In addition, your shoes shine high and dazzle vividly which adds to your overall look. You can use an expensive leather conditioner or leather polish to replenish the oil in your leather shoes. Ideally, you should take a small amount of conditioner on a soft cotton cloth and rub it gently on the shoes in circular motions.
5: No humidity! No mud!
Monsoon is when you really need to take care of your shoes and keep them away from all forms of wet mud. Never let mud stay on your shoes after a walk in the rain. The clumps of hardened mud that form on shoes after drying can be taxing on your shoes. Make sure you grab a brush and get rid of the mud before it dries.
Monsoon is when you really need to take care of your shoes and keep them away from all forms of wet mud. Never let mud stay on your shoes after a walk in the rain. Tufts of hardened mud that form on shoes after drying can be taxing on your shoes. Make sure you grab a brush and get rid of the mud before it dries.
Follow these simple tips and let the rains not slow your mind down. Flaunt these worry-free leather shoes!