LIFE @ LOLA RAMONA - Difficult times for pretty shoes!
Posted on 24 February 2017
That’s our precious footwear which helps us getting around every day. All wet and dirty, as they are being exposed to the harsh conditions.
We owe these sweethearts the best possible treatment, and the blog post today will be dedicated to exactly this. We want to provide you with great tips and tricks to help your shoes stay pretty through difficult times. Some you might already know of, but hopefully also a few that will help you improve your shoe care skills :)
(Photo by: Arthur Fellig (who also went by the pseudonym Weegee))
Let’s begin with some pure shoe religion.
THE FIVE SHOE COMMANDMENTS!1. Always spray your shoes with a shoe protector three times before use.
2. Wet shoes should never be left to dry by a radiator or oven. The material will harden and split and/or crack. Stuff the shoes with newspaper or shoe blocks, and leave to dry.
3. Dirty shoes should always be cleaned before using care products. The shoe is then ready to be treated with a suitable care product.
4. Shoes should be changed every day. This allows the material time to rest. People emit approx. 20 ml of perspiration from their feet every day and shoes require approx. 24 hours to dry. Well-fitting shoe blocks help to maintain the shape of the shoe and smooth out any creases.
5. Use the correct shoe care product to extend the life of your shoes. Always follow the care instructions on the packaging or ask your shoe shop if in any doubt.
Now, if you follow these simple “rules” you’re already a big step closer to real footwear wellness.
So now it’s time to go into some more detailed care taking. We have researched and collected some very nice and easy to follow tips, which will make your shoes or boots even better prepared for a long and happy footwear life.
We all appreciate the salt being sprayed on the sidewalks, because we like to keep both our feet on the ground, but the salt can be rough on our shoes.
Salt stains: The traditional remedy for road-salt stains is a little vinegar and water. Just a little will do.
You have tried with a brush, big smiles, and maybe even water...
Suede: Suede shoes are in a category of their own, since you cannot polish away any scuff marks. Use a suede eraser (basically a brick of crumbly rubber) to rub away small spots. Then use a suede brush to restore the nap, or fuzz, of the leather.
For that extra special good shoe treatment, these are great.
Shoe trees: Shoe trees are a "nice to have". They allow your recently worn shoes to contract and dry out to their ideal shape. The best time for using them is the hour or two after you have removed the shoes from your feet. After that, the shoes will have returned to their natural architecture and the trees can be removed.
Get up. Spray your footwear with a waterproofing spray, and go out and face the weather without any worries. Well-groomed shoes make happy feet :)
We hope you found these tips and tricks useful. If YOU have some shoe-tips for footwear grooming that works for you, which you would like to share with us, then please share them right here. There can never be too many tips, when it comes to caretaking of our loved ones…
Today is Friday. YAY! We wish you all a happy happy weekend. Both you and your feet.
Tomorrow is the birthday of Lola-boss and founder Gitte Sandquist. We are actually celebrating her right now, and enjoying sweet pink cake at the office.
Lots of love
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