How to Make Your Shoes Last Forever

So, you're starting the new year off right, and your shoes are no exception. You've taken stock of your closet, you got a few new pairs for Christmas and you're ready to watch your shoe wardrobe carry you through a happy and confident 2015.

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How to make sure those shoes last you through the year and beyond? Here are our best tips for how to make your shoes last forever.

1. Store them properly

When you're not wearing your shoes, store them carefully so they'll be ready to go the next time you're ready for them. If they have gotten wet, let them dry at regular room temperature (no, don't put them on top of the furnace). Keep them put away away from sunlight so they won't fade and don't throw them in the jumbled mess at the bottom of your closet. Use a storage approach that will allow your shoes to keep their shape.

2. Give them some TLC

When you put them on and take them off, do so with care. Use a shoehorn if necessary to avoid collapsing the back of the heel. Give your shoes some downtime by avoiding wearing them for more than two days in a row. Check them out periodically and give them a layer of polish, brush to remove scuff marks or simply give them a good cleaning. Your shoes are an investment -- take care of them.

3. Buy quality shoes

There's no denying the fact that you get what you pay for when it comes to shoes. Expensive shoes not only last longer, look better and are more durable, they're also more comfortable and supportive for your feet. The next time you're shoe shopping, don't hesitate to buy the more expensive, quality pair of shoes. The investment will pay off in the long run.


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