Make Your Shoes Last Longer & Save Money

Want to make your shoes last longer and save money? Find out how now!

In this economy most of us are trying to make everything last as long as possible. Perhaps one of the easiest of our possessions to make last longer is our shoes. What you are going to want to do first is to buy a pair of good quality, preferably leather shoes. Remember good quality merchandise always lasts longer, so really invest in your new shoes. The next thing you will want to do is make sure you do not, wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. All shoes need to be allowed at least 24 hours to air out before being worn again, if you want them to last. A common mistake people make is wearing the same pair of shoes day in and day out. That will actually end up costing you more in the long run, because each pair will wear out faster than it needs to. So do yourself a favor, and go ahead and buy at least two pairs of shoes for daily use.

While your shoes are airing out in between wears, you should slip a cedar shoe tree inside each shoe to help retain the shoe's shape and to help wick away sweat. If you cannot afford or choose not to buy a cedar shoe tree, you may want to use balled newspaper or tissue paper in its place. The other thing you need to take care of with leather shoes is the polish. All leather shoes should be polished on a regular basis to keep them in good shape and looking new, just like the day you bought them.

Now as a general rule of thumb with leather products, you should avoid wearing them in rain or otherwise wet conditions. If you need to wear them in wet weather though, you should first be sure that they have been water-proofed. Also after being exposed to wet conditions, leather shoes should be allowed to dry before being worn again. For best results, place use cedar shoe trees or again ball up some newspaper and place it inside the shoe to help the shoe retain its shape.

Finally unless your shoes were specifically designed as slip-ons, they should not be kicked off or left in a state where they can be slipped into. In other words, if they have laces or buckles, you need to unlace and, or unbuckle them when taking them off and do so carefully.

If you take care of your shoes as specified above, they will last longer than you ever imagined, and you will be able to save a lot of money.