Save Your Soles
Winter weather, whether it be snow, slush, rain, sleet, hail or the salt we use to clean up the mess can give your shoes a brutal beating and a real run for your money if you're unprepared.
Perhaps you got caught in the Snowpocalyps in your favorite 2-buckled calf-skins - if you're thinking of hauling them in for costly maintenance, first give these fool-poof sole-saving tips a go:
How to Remove Salt Stains
- Mix two parts water to one part white vinegar and use a sturdy paper towel (to avoid pilling) and rub the solution on to a small section of the affected area.
- Once the area appears clean, immediately use a soft, dry cloth to buff the area.
- Repeat until the entire boot is clean, focusing on small sections of the stained area at a time.
- Allow boot to air dry for about 30 minutes. After that, any missed salt stains should become visible and you can repeat as necessary.
- How to Prevent Salt Stains
- Polishing your boots with a soft cloth frequently throughout the winter will help protect your boots from everyday salt damage (this is a great chance to make use of those old towels you were thinking of throwing out).
How to Properly Dry Wet Shoes
- If your shoes get waterlogged, stuff them with paper towels or an absorbent cloth to maintain shape.
- Let shoes air dry, do not put near heat source.
- Do not polish wet shoes.