Shoe care is often over looked and can end up costing you a lot of money in the long run.
When I was younger I was terrible for looking after my shoes and this meant that practically every six weeks I had to buy new shoes again because the heel had worn down so much it couldn't be repaired again.
Now I am much older and wiser and as part of my frugal living plan I am nor incorporating taking care of things to make them last much longer and so saving me money in the long run.
Tip One - Buy Quality
To start with it is always a good idea to buy the best quality shoes you can afford in the first place. This should guarantee that they are made from materials that are much more hardwearing and better made, thus ensuring that with a little care they will last longer.
Leather shoes are better than shoes made from man made materials for several reasons. They are not only better for your feet as they are more breathable and so don't make your feet sweat but also they are far stronger and are not likely to tear easily.
Tip Two - Protect From New
If you make shoe care a priority from the start then this will add life to your shoes in the long run.
Get rubber soles fitted to protect leather soles from the start. This way after they have worn down you can simply replace the rubber rather than the structure of the actual shoe being damaged.
Rub some protection onto your leather shoes to help make them water proof. Saddle soap or waterproof sprays are available.
Tip Three - Keep Them Clean<
Polishing shoes on a regular basis will also help to prolong their life. I always marvelled at just how long my boyfriend's shoes would last and then he told me that he has always polished them, something his parents taught him to do.
Homemade Shoe Polish recipe - olive Oil and lemon juice. Mix the two together (one part lemon juice to two parts olive oil). Rub onto shoes with a clean cloth and allow to soak in for a few minutes before buffing off.
Salt stains on shoes can be a problem in the winter and can be difficult to remove if left. Use a clean cloth dipped in white vinegar to remove salt stains as soon as possible.
Tip Four - Keep Them Dry
After wearing shoes out in the rain, make sure you dry them out before you wear them again. By pushing newspaper inside the shoe this will help to soak up any internal water and will also help the shoe to keep its shape.
Tip Five - Rotate
If you wear the same pair of shoes everyday they will quickly wear out. Try to rotate your shoes so that each pair of shoes are allowed to breathe and air thoroughly between wearing. This will keep the inside of the shoes from rotting away from sweat etc.
Tip Six - Keep Them Fresh
After wearing sprinkle some baking soda inside the shoe to remove odour and any moisture. Don't forget to tap out in the morning before wearing them again, otherwise you may end up with a rather nasty sticky goo at the end of the day.
Tip Seven - Maintenance
Always repair worn down heels before they get to the point where they cannot be repaired. This used to be my problem; I would always leave it too late.
Tip Eight - Shoe Care
Always store shoes neatly over night. Shoes that are left lying around on the floor are liable to get damaged or scuffed.
Shoe racks are cheaply available (or if you re handy you could always make one yourself), or popping them in the bottom of your wardrobe or under your bed neatly is a good option.