Monday, January 30, 2017

Winter Leather Shoe Care

Taking care of leather shoes in the winter.
Investing in a pair of shoes that will last you for years always temporarily breaks the bank, but when you go to put them on a few years from now and they still look great (thanks to quality & care), you'll thank yourself. I've learned my lesson after a few investment purchases that I didn't take care of properly, and I've learned the hard way #RIPFavoriteLeatherSandals.

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Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam being applied to shoes.

Black Joie Barlow bootie cared for with Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam

Young adult woman taking are of shoes.

Leather boot winter care.

As you can very well see, these Joie booties have gotten a lot of wear. They're my go-to black bootie, and I wear them at work a few days a week. My assumption is that I put anywhere between 10 to 13 miles (maybe even more, depending on how busy we are) a week on them. I wear my Apple Watch at work every day, so this is pretty darn accurate considering I walked 38 miles last week! 

With that kind of walking in a retail environment and also living in the snow, comes all sorts of wear and tear. The cold weather alone drastically dries out leathers, to the point all of my leather accessories stay in dust bags even if I use them regularly. It significantly helps them keep from drying out. 

I noticed my boots cracking and really didn't want to ruin another pair of fab shoes, so I did some research. Our store is next door to a Dr. Martens store so knowing all of their shoes are leather, I stopped in and picked the brains of a few associates to figure out what was going to be my best care route. They pointed me in the direction of their Wonder Balsam. I basically ran home in an effort to save my shoes (I act like this was a dire situation, they were fine haha) and sat down to get to business. 

If you look at the picture above, the third picture of the booties right facing is how they look without the Wonder Balsam on. The last picture is after - there's a significant difference in how the leather looks. They even feel drastically different. Depending on how much I wear my shoes (I now do this on ALL of my leather shoes), I give them a good rub down monthly. The Balsam is clear so you can use it on all color leathers. 

If you skipped my half novel above I'll sparknotes it for ya: rub that magical stuff on your shoes every few weeks, keep them in a dust bag or the box, and try not to step in huge snow drifts! 

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below!

xox, Sam

P.S. my vest is sold out in most sizes, but this is where to find it if you want to try & source it from elsewhere!

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