How to Care for Men's Dress Shoes
Sure, we see great deals on men's dress shoes all the time. (Did you see this sale for 10% to 70% off styles from Cole Haan, Florsheim, Donald J Pliner, and more? Fantastic.) But just because you scored a style for cheap doesn't mean you should treat them like any old pair of sneakers. Leather shoes require proper care if you want your deal to hold up for years to come.
Park & Bond — Gilt's high-end men's retail site — offers these tips for proper shoe care. Several involve behavioral changes, like letting your shoes "rest" for 24 hours after you wear them. Others involve a few choice purchases, so we've got the deals you need to follow their lead.
To maintain the shape and quality of the leather, Park & Bond recommends buying a pair of cedar shoe trees. And luckily, we found a deal on these Johnston & Murphy Men's Woodard Shoe Trees ($15.45 via "SAVE10" with free shipping, a low by $15). You can't beat that price for a product from the Johnston & Murphy label, which even Esquire magazine keeps in its fashion closet.
Additionally, you'll want to have shoe polish on hand, to treat the leather every once and again. This 6-Piece Deluxe Shoe Shining Kit (free with $4.99 s&h, a low by $10) offers everything you need to keep your footwear gleaming, including a buffer brush, polish, and shine cloth.
Lastly, we'd recommend keeping those shoes — which you so carefully tend to — out of the reach of any poorly-behaved canines. Because nothing is more painful than watching your favorite pair of staple shoes get torn to shreds by an enthusiastic pup. [Park & Bond]
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