Many women have a weakness for beautiful shoes and have enviable collections to boot. But in the tropical heat, humidity and rain, it can be tough to keep these beauties in pristine condition. Here are some tricks to care for your precious high heels, beautiful ballet flats and everything else in between.
How To Protect Your Shoes From Humidity & Heat
Waterproof your shoes
Treat your shoes with a waterproofing spray so they don’t get stained and ruined if you get caught in a sudden downpour. It’s best to waterproof your shoes when they’re brand new but you can do this to shoes you’ve already worn, too.
First, use a soft, dry sponge or chamois cloth to gently wipe away any dirt stains. Then, mist an even layer of water-repellent spray all over your shoes. Be sure to do a spot test on every pair of shoes before you apply the spray.
You can also stash a spare pair in your office or car to switch out your shoes in an emergency.
Maintain their shape
When in storage, shoes should be stuffed to prevent them from losing their shape. Reuse the paper stuffing that comes with the shoes when you first buy them or create your own stuffing by purchasing acid-free tracing paper or butcher’s paper from an art supply store. Do not use newspaper as the ink may stain the insides of your shoes.
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Get rid of unpleasant odours
Unfortunately, humidity causes unpleasant odours to linger in shoes. Reduce this problem by airing your shoes out before you store them away. Prepare muslin cloth pouches filled with charcoal and place them in your shoes. Charcoal helps to absorb odours and moisture so your shoes won’t smell musty when you next wear them.
Repair small scuffs
You can’t avoid scuffs, but you can certainly reduce their appearance. Colour in scuffs on matte leather with a crayon in the same shade and blend the edges in with a soft cloth. Seal the colour in by buffing shoe wax over the repaired area.
Scuffs on patent leather shoes can be covered up with a few dabs of nail lacquer, either the closest colour match you can find or with a transparent topcoat.
Avoid direct sunlight
Leaving your shoes in a sunny spot at home can cause them to discolour, while excessive heat may cause your shoes to warp. To prevent the premature ageing of your shoes, store them in a spot that is cool, dry and shady. Invest in an enclosed shoe cabinet with slotted panels that will block out direct sunlight while still allowing for proper ventilation.