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Heart and Sole: Your Guide to Shoe Care and Storage

Willesley sliding wardrobe with shoe rack and clothes storage

Whether you endlessly rotate your two favourite pairs or you put Imelda Marcos to shame, proper shoe care is a must if you want them to look good, feel comfortable and last longer.

Guest blogger Jules Langford

Shoe Care

It's tempting to stick wet shoes on the radiator, but don’t. The heat will shrink and damage them. Instead, loosen the laces and, if possible, remove the insoles to dry separately. Stuff them with newspaper and leave for 24 hours to dry out safely.

For every type of shoe – leather, patent, sneakers or suede, - there is a correct cleaning product. The right product results in smart shoes, the wrong one could wreck them. If in doubt, take what they offer you at the checkout till at purchase.

If you can’t find the exact colour polish to match your shoes, use neutral or go lighter. Don’t be tempted to use a darker shade, as this will make the shoes look streaky.

mens shoes in a row
Image: Dương Trần Quốc

Insert shoe trees to keep the shape. This is especially important for high boots. Good quality cedar trees are an investment that will last for years.

Get off on the right foot by using water-proofing spray. You can’t control the weather, but you can limit its effects on your footwear. Respray every month for the best results.

Shoe Storage

Scattered piles of footwear make even the most orderly room look cluttered and chaotic.

Luckily there are plenty of options to keep shoe clutter at bay.

Stylish and practical option is to have fitted shoe racks installed in your wardrobe. Shoes are stashed neatly away but are still easily accessible, with pull out racks.

Shoes don’t have to be stored in the bedroom, either. If you shun outdoor shoes in the house, consider installing storage in the hallway, whether this is tidy under the stair shoe storage, or a neat ottoman in the hall doubling up as storage.

Request a brochure to see the clever selection of storage available for your shoes and other items within your wardrobe.

 

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