Tips for Longer-Lasting Footwear

After making an investment in a new pair of shoes, it is reasonable for the consumer to expect that they last a fair amount of time. Unfortunately, many shoes today are just not made the way they used to be and can fall to pieces before customers feel that they’ve gotten their money’s worth. However, there are many measures that can be taken to prolong the life of any shoe!

Purchase High-Quality

For some, this ship may have already sailed, but it is truly the first line of defense against flimsy and poorly made shoes. Buying from a trusted brand with high-quality workmanship will be a bit more expensive up front but may well save money in the long run. The money saved by buying cheap shoes will be lost as soon as they wear out and new ones need to be bought, but an investment in a high-quality pair of shoes should outlast both of those cheaper pairs.

Save Our Soles

One of the areas that experiences the most wear, and therefore wears out the soonest is of course the sole of the shoe. Applying a layer of rubber to the sole of the shoe is a common preventative method to extend the longevity of any shoe. This is a simple and inexpensive process that can be done at almost any shoe repair shop, or even as a do-it-yourself project if the rubber can be obtained. As the rubber wears down and degrades, it can be replaced with a fresh batch ad infinitum for the life of the shoe. This “false sole” not only offers protection and longevity, but also increased traction for the shoes.

Don’t Drag

Dragging the feet is a common habit that drastically reduces the life of a pair of shoes, no matter how well made. Address this bad form by lifting the feet up with each step. If this is a habit that is extremely difficult to correct, the wearer may opt for a more frequent replacement of rubber soles which will prevent damage being done from the actual sole of the shoe itself.

Inserts

Shoe inserts protect the interior of the shoes against moisture and odor. When used consistently and replaced often, they can spare shoes from taking on unpleasant odors and stains and prolong the life of the shoe without unfortunate olfactory side effects.

Bleach

To return lackluster white sneakers to their original pristine shade, a simple mixture of bleach and water can be used. With a soft cloth, rub the mixture over the soiled area of the shoes. Laces may be removed and run through the washing machine with a regular load. They’ll come out sparkling clean and good as new! For scuffs or scratches that can’t be bleached away, try a simple white shoe polish.

Saddle Soap

For leather or suede shoes, a protective coating is a necessary preventive care measure. A specially formulated spray or saddle soap will protect these materials from the elements and prevent disastrous consequences should they get wet. Even with these coatings, shoes should be wiped down at the end of each day to prevent moisture from settling into the shoe material. Coatings should be reapplied periodically to ensure continued protection.