While some classic staples and utility shoes are worth the investment, many others aren’t. In general, both men’s and women’s leather boots, as well as men’s dress shoes, are worth putting money into. With the proper care, they’ll last a long time and you’ll reap the benefit of a more expensive pair in both comfort and appearance.


Tip 1. Waterproof spray is key 

An unexpected sun shower doesn’t have to ruin your leather shoes. Before taking a new pair out for a spin, hit them with a spray-on waterproofing compound. For men’s shoes, test the product on the part of the shoe’s tongue that is hidden by its laces, and for women’s heels and flats, test the back end of the shoe on the side that is closest to your big toe. Once you’re confident in the product, apply it according to the directions on the bottle. Repeat once a month.


Tip 2. Conditioners aren’t only for hair and polish isn’t only for nails

Just like you need to moisturise your skin to combat the cold weather, you also need to moisturise your leather boots regularly to preserve shine and make the leather last longer. Keep leather shoes in top shape by polishing and conditioning them as soon as they start to look dull and worn. Cream polish, in a neutral colour, is best for shining shoes since wax can dry out leather. 


Tip 3. Don’t brush off the brush

Invest in a suede brush so you can clean any mud or marks from the material. Avoid wearing your favourite suede shoes if it’s raining, though!


Tip 4. Radiator is a no-no & you should learn how to store your shoes

Dry out wet shoes but never on the radiator! Do it as soon as possible by stuffing with newspaper or using a shoe horse, and then store them correctly to help keep their shape. You should never keep leather near direct heat or else they can dry and crack. If you have any really precious shoes, keep them in their box or in a shoe bag so they don’t discolour or get damaged.


Tip 5. Add that extra layer

The best thing you can do for your boots during the winter, is to add a thin protective rubber sole to an already existing sole in order to extend the life of your soles.


Now that you know how to keep your shoes as good as new for longer, wait for our next post on how to break in your new freaks! Breaking in shoes can take a lot of time, but don't fall for the potentially shoe-damaging tricks like throwing your new purchase in the washing machine or the microwave (yes, that's a thing). These tips have had some success in the DIY world, but they definitely aren't the best option if you're looking to make your new pair last. Coming soon to our blog!

And in the meantime, you can browse the latest Freakloset collections online now.


Always making sure your steps are even more special, 


The Freakloset Team