5 Clever Ways to Keep Your Favorite Shoes Looking New
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Whether your shoes of choice are patent-leather Mary Janes or soft leather boots, you’ll look a heck of a lot more pulled together if they’re free of scuff marks and stains. Here, five ways to spiff up all of your favorite pairs.
BUFF OUT SCUFF MARKS ON PATENT-LEATHER SHOES WITH VASELINE
Streaks are inevitable on patent leather—be it nude or black. A simple fix: Dab a small amount of Vaseline onto a clean cloth and gently rub the scuffed area until the marks come off. It’s the best way to remove the dirt from your Mary Janes (or patent flats) and keep them shiny.
Clean Real Leather With Hair Conditioner
Your leather boots are looking a little worse for the wear. Instead of buying shoe polish, grab your hair conditioner and a clean rag and gently rub a small amount into the leather. The wax in the conditioner will help moisturize the leather—much like how it hydrates your hair.
Remove Stains on Suede Shoes With a Pencil Eraser
If you notice a mark on your suede, remember: Not all hope is lost. Rustle up an unused pencil eraser in your junk drawer (white or pink is best) and rub it over the stain. The friction will cause the dirt to lift right off and you’ll simultaneously fluff the suede fibers.
Revive Rubber Rain Boots With Olive Oil
Ugh, that white film on your boots is the worst. (FYI, it’s usually caused by humidity and heat.) Season your boots like you would a skillet. Simply pour some olive oil onto a clean cloth and then rub it on in a circular motion. Just remember less is more—you don’t want to over-oil.