Most of us spend a lot of time at work and choosing a different outfit each day can be difficult unless you have a uniform. Getting the best shoes for the job can be just as challenging. If our shoes don’t fit well or aren’t suitable for the demands of the job, then we might find that we get problems with our feet, equally when we find a good pair we want them to last as long as possible.
Let’s take a look at some ways that we can protect and maintain our work footwear to help them last and continue to do their job of keeping our feet comfortable, warm and protected.
Don’t over-wear your shoes
Nothing kills a pair of shoes faster than constant wearing. You may love that particular pair of shoes because it goes with almost everything you match it with, but watch out that you don’t wear it too often to avoid wearing it out.
The solution to this is to invest in multiple footwear over time and ensure that you don’t wear a pair for two days in a row. Allow the pair you’ve worn to breathe before you wear them again. Be prepared to rotate your shoes between wears or buy new shoes more regularly! This might mean having a few pairs of work shoes to begin with or may mean changing out of your shoes when you get home or aren’t working into house shoes or sneakers that you wear when you aren’t at work.
Invest in a conditioner
For your leather work shoes, conditioning adds some moisture which works to keep the leather lithe and prevent annoying cracks that might allow water to get in during wet weather.
- First, get a good leather conditioner.
- Before you apply it, brush off the dirt from the shoe using a soft shoe brush.
- Rub small amounts of conditioner to the shoe surface.
- Wait a few minutes before wiping off gently. By this time, the leather would have absorbed the needed moisture.
Keep your shoes dry
Try to avoid conditions that get your shoes wet but where unavoidable, save your shoes from permanent damage by drying them as soon as you get them off.
Stuff your shoes with newspaper to soak up the moisture, and then place them in a well-ventilated area to dry. Avoid putting them near a heater as the excess heat can cause cracks and discolouration.
Consider buying a shoe tree
A Shoe tree is a construction roughly the shape of a foot which is placed inside a shoe to preserve its shape and prevent creases thereby, extending its life. You could opt for either a wooden/plastic shoe tree, the latter being a better alternative because of its price.
Why use shoe trees?
- Retains shoe size and shape: Shoe trees help maintain the natural shape and size of your shoes to prevent shrinkage or expansion over time.
- Eases shoe polishing: Shoe trees helps hold the shoe you’re polishing in place while you shine.
Polish your shoes each time you wear them. Wax them with waterproof protection wax to add shine, make it waterproof and prevent creases. This is a simple yet effective way of prolonging the life of your shoes while increasing durability. Pay special attention to your leather shoes because lack of maintenance will dry up the leather and cause cracks.
There you have it, practical ways to protect your work shoes to ensure they are in good enough shape to last you for a longer time. In case you haven’t noticed, Shumaker sells quality work shoes out of Canada for men and ladies.
Invest in quality shoes
The lifespan of your work shoes is dependent on the quality of shoes you have purchased, to begin with. If you are looking for work shoes that last years rather than having to replace them once a year then consider investing more and buying a more expensive pair of shoes with higher quality and better materials that are easier to care for and last even longer.