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Winter Shoe Maintenance for Men

Winter Shoe Maintenance for Men Winter Shoe Maintenance for Men

Winter is rough on everything, from your sinuses, to your clothes, to your car, right down to your shoes.

Unless you’re planning on taking a flight down south every time the cold weather hits, you’re probably going to have to invest in a solid pair of boots to combat the elements for the next couple of months.

To help keep your boots in tip top shape, EveryGuyed has this easy and simple wintertime shoe maintenance guide for you to follow. Show winter who’s boss when you step all over it. Literally.

Protect Before You Get Wet

Being prepared for the worst the weather will do is essential in keeping your boots looking their best. As quick as you are to pass off that protective spray the sales woman is pushing at checkout, you should know about how exactly you plan on protecting your new boots from salt stains and snow.

Make sure you spray your boots outside and hold the can at least six to eight inches away from your winter footwear. Give your shoes a good coat and let them fully dry before trekking out in the snow.

Then do it all over again with a second coat in a few minutes. Your boots and not to mention your hands, will thank you for the countless hours you’ve saved scrubbing the salt stains off.

Being prepared for the worst the weather will do is essential in keeping your boots looking their best.

Shake it Off

You’re pretty much going on a five day expedition to Everest when you head outside in winter conditions, so you’re bound to get all kinds of grit and grime on your shoes.

Our advice? Shake and brush the excess snow, dirt and salt off your boots to prevent further setting in of stains.

We suggest investing in a fine stiff bristle brush for your leather boots, or a nubuck / suede brush for your suede winter wear.

Using an old toothbrush will also help to raise the nap on your damaged suede shoes.

Consider the under $10 purchase a major investment in protecting your $500 Alden’s.

Consider the under $10 purchase a major investment in protecting your $500 Alden’s.

When in Doubt, Air Dry it Out

Unfortunately when all that snow melts, you’re left with a giant puddle wreaking havoc on or under your favorite boots. Though it may be tempting to whip out your girlfriend’s hair dryer to speed up the drying process, don’t.

Pack your shoes with old newspaper (or shoe trees) to maintain the shoe’s shape and air-dry your boots.

Although painstakingly long, you’ll be sure to prolong their life, and your feet will feel the difference!

Pack your shoes with old newspaper (or shoe trees) to maintain the shoe’s shape and air-dry your boots.

Getting Rid of Pesky Salt Stains

If you’re wondering what that ever so attractive ring of white is around your boot, it’s a salt stain. Like on your car. Although great at preventing you from falling flat on your face on that icy surface you totally thought was fine, salt is hell on shoes.

If you don’t want to spend money on salt removing products, we’ve got a home made remedy that even Martha Stewart would be proud of.

A 1 to 1 solution of white vinegar and water, gently applied it to the salt stained area does wonders. Make sure you re-apply your protective spray once your boots are fully dry. Your shoes won’t look absolutely flawless, but the closest you can get without taking them in for repairs.

A 1 to 1 solution of white vinegar and water, gently applied it to the salt stained area does wonders.

Other Winter Alternatives

You definitely don’t have to shell out a ton of money in order to protect your feet this winter. In fact, we’ve got a couple of solutions for you that work just as effectively as a good pair of expensive winter boots.

Wellingtons

Not just for jumping in puddles, Wellingtons are perfect for keeping the slush and snow off your shoes and outside where it belongs.

If you’re trekking in the cold weather, look for an insulated boot that will keep your feet warm. Easy to clean and even easier to wear, you’ll wonder how you survived your previous winter seasons without them.

Over Shoes

Also known as galoshes, keep a pair in your car just in case Mother Nature decides to snow storm and attempts to ruin your Prada loafers.

As the name states, these ultra light shoes just slip overtop whatever footwear you’ve inconveniently got on, in order to conveniently accommodate the weather situation outside.

Summary

  • Don’t skimp on the protective spray – coating your shoes before you take them out for the first time will prolong their lifespan.
  • Invest in a fine bristle or nubuck brush to get the excess dirt and grime off your boots.
  • Always air dry your boots – stuffing the interior with old paper will also help to maintain its shape.
  • Using a 1 to 1 solution of white vinegar and water will serve just as well as any store bought salt removal product. Make sure you re-apply your protective spray once your shoes are fully dry.
  • Wellingtons are a great alternative to shelling out for winter boots, and over shoes can be a lifesaver.

Comments?

Pressing boot inquiries? Afraid to venture out of your home and get your brand new shoes wet? We’re here to help, so leave us a comment.

Author

Shareen Sandhu
Shareen Sandhu is a graduate of Carleton University with a BA in Law and Sociology, but following a career change, she decided to pursue her dream of fashion and writing. A former EveryGuyed writer and now a freelance fashion journalist, Shareen continues to pursue her love for all things trendy and tries her best to record her journey on her blog Pleats, Ruffles, Hemlines...Oh My!
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