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Guest Post: How to “Love” Your Shoes

Every season as we look forward to Spring, it is a common ritual to change our wardrobe. We begin with sending our cashmere sweaters and coats to the dry cleaners. My obsession with shoes means slowing switching boots with ballets flats and then espadrilles. This seasonal ritual sees me “loving” my boots by sending them to a trusted cobbler.

In this post, I would like to share some tips which I hope will be useful for you.

There is a tendency to just remove our shoes and leave them once we get home. A little care in cleaning upon removal is an important step in caring for our shoes.

Leather Riding BootsLeather Riding Boots (these are Tory Burch Jess Riding Boots)

Breathing

Let your shoes out in the air for an hour or two after use, as any dampness from sweating will dry out. This is an important step in shoe care, to prevent any dampness.

Shoe cleaning kitShoe Cleaning Kit

Cleaning

For cleaning, wax is the best option for leather boots. Alternatively, liquid polish is another option. A leather conditioner will retain the suppleness of the leather. Wait for the conditioner to dry before you apply the polish on your shoes.

Shoe shapers bootsShoe Tree/Shapers

Storing

The way you store your shoes is also important. Ensure that there is no dirt or dampness in your closet, as it will damage your shoes. Quality shoe tree/shapers made from unfinished cedar is a worthy investment in “loving” your shoes. It removes moisture and odors. Constant use of a shoe tree will also maintain your shoes shape while preventing shrinkage and creases.

These are some simple steps I use to care for my shoes. It has kept my favorite shoes with me for a good duration. Well, a trusty cobbler has also helped!

Happy Friday! 🙂

Guest Post: Obsessed with Shoes!

Fauxionista is my sibling and I will be contributing sporadically.

It could be genetics, I have been fascinated by shoes since I was a child. With one parent who loves shoes in all colors and forms, it likely encouraged my fascination. The fact that I spent some years working in a retail department store added to my love of shoes … perhaps to a point of obsession.

I decided that today being Friday, is a good day to indulge that obsession. All of us know a good pair of shoes not only keep our feet happy but should be a way of our self expression. The right shoes will compliment your whole look whether for business or leisure.

Shoes make me happyTaken at a mall in Singapore by Fauxionista

Some of you may be bundled up with the cold weather but here is a selection from Spring 2013 which I hope will kick off the weekend on a good note.

Balenciaga Origami Sandals Spring Summer 2013Balenciaga

BCBG Max AzriaBCBG Max Azria

Nicolas KirkwoodNicolas Kirkwood

Rebecca Taylor SandalsRebecca Taylor

Suno sandalsSuno

Badgley Mishka SandalBadgley Mischka

Kate Spade WedgesKate Spade

Rodarte SandalsRodarte

Happy Friday to all!