So we know shoe care is never easy but it can be. It can be something that is often overlooked when you buy cheaper shoes but if you decide to splash out on a fresh pair of leather shoes, be it for everyday use or special occasions, you are going to want to look after your shoes to ensure that you get the longevity these shoes are design to give.

Here at Woodhouse we have put together some simple and easy but often overlooked tips on how to keep your shoes looking as good as the day they were unboxed.

B R E A K  T H E M  I N

Before you get your new shoes wet, wear them in good conditions 3 or 4 times. This will allow the leather soles to collect dry grit which aids water resistance and can help prolong the life of your new shoes.

R O T A T I O N  I S  K E Y

Natural leathers will absorb moisture readily so give your shoes at least 24 hours to dry out naturally after each wear.

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C H O O S E  W I S E L Y

Creams, oils and waxes can keep the leather supple, avoid cracking and enhance water resistance. Leather will absorb colour very easily though, so select a colour as close to that of your shoes as you can. You can also use darker polish to give an antique look. Check out the best in our shoe range below,


A V O I D  P U D D L E S

If you get your shoes wet, allow them to dry naturally, away from direct heat for at least 48 hours. Shoe trees or newspaper can help to draw out the moisture naturally and avoid the cracking and damage that direct heat causes. Keeping your shoes dry will reduce the rate at which they wear.

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C L E A N  M E

When your shoes are ready for a clean, start by removing all excess dirt with a damp cloth or brush. Next, apply plenty of polish or cream to the upper of your shoes, ensuring seams and the welt are well covered. Leave this to soak in overnight. Finally, polish off the excess and shine up your shoes up. Check out the best in our shoe care range below,

G E T  T H E  H O R N

Always use a shoe horn when putting on your shoes. This will retain the structure and shape of your shoes.

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C A L L  I N  T H E  P R O F E S S I O N A L S

If well cared for, your shoes will stand the test of time. When you can feel that the front portion of the sole is softening, get them professionally repaired before they’re too far gone.

You can now shop the latest in footwear directly on our site and remember to follow our rules above to get the most out of your shoes.