You may have seen our post on how to buy the perfect pair of investment pumps a few weeks ago. Hopefully you’ve had some time to use our tricks and are walking around gloriously in your new gems! Shoe maintenance is less exciting, but will keep your investment piece looking and feeling its best at a minimal cost per year. Regardless of the price, I have always been a huge advocate of keeping your shoes in tiptop order. I have lower price point shoes that I am obsessed with and have been able to keep years longer than their expected range with a little care. Read on for some tips to love on your tried and true’s ...
Give rest. The leather needs time to breathe, completely dry and return to its original shape. If the leather is not allowed the time to “rest,” it will wear faster, shortening the lifespan of your shoes. One day’s rest is plenty; just don’t wear your shoes two days in row.
Don’t mix business and pleasure. Protect your shoes and do not drive, happy hour or lunch stroll in them. Driving will wear out the back of the shoe and this is irreparable, even by the best repair shops. Happy hours should be spent on patios, where gaps between the boards are landmines for heels. Along with all the risks of the outdoors, frankly no one has time to run to lunch in heels. Make life easier and always keep a spare pair of sandals or flats in your car or desk.
Watch the toes and heels. Wear on either end is a sign your shoes need some extra love. Any reputable shoe shop can repair the plastic heel covers; usually with a stronger material. The best time to repair is once the heel is slightly worn down, causing the plastic to look uneven. Toes need to be replaced as soon as the very tip of the sole starts to wear. The repair shop can also put a small nail head on the toe sole- which protects the shoe going forward.
Shine on. While you are at the shoe repair shop, they will clean, condition and shine your shoes, making them look brand new and fresh again. This is comparable to a deep hair conditioning- essential.
We all make mistakes. Sometimes, you literally slip through the crack and the soft beautiful leather of your Gucci’s is scraped up the heel. It is tragic and it happened to me. I ran to my shoe repair shop with a tear in my eye, where I was reminded these are shoes and they are made for wearing. The leather was easily fixed and is hardly noticeable. Forgive yourself and let a caring shoe repair person help you forget.
Storage. For those shoes not in season year-round, take them in for a tune up at season end. This will include inspecting and fixing the soles and heels, conditioning the material and retouching color if needed. Your sleeping beauties will look brand new and be ready for you when their glory season rolls back around next year.
As you can see, an intimate relationship with your shoe repair shop is essential to maintaining your shoes. The cost for a heel repair, toe repair and shoeshine is usually under $30. A heel or toe cap, under $5. I typically take my shoes in once per year unless otherwise needed.
Our favorite local shops? Denos of Highland Park Village in Dallas (bonus- go gaga over the clientele and their envious drop-off's, which line the counters daily!) and Austin Shoe Hospital in Austin (bonus- multiple upon multiple locations around the city!)
Too much to think about? We get it. Contact us and we can help you make your shoe love seamless!