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By Damilola Faustino

If you have so many shoes that are comfortable and stylish, but they are not durable, then you are doing something wrong. Whether you prefer boots, heels, or flats, here are ways to give your shoes a second life:

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Invest in quality shoes

Like anything else you purchase, focusing on quality when you’re buying a new pair of shoes will pay off in the long run. Quality shoes can handle much more wear and tear than a cheap pair, and you won’t have to keep replacing them so often.

Protect the soles

The soles of your shoes are what take the brunt of the daily beating, so it’s important to protect them to ensure that your shoes last as long as possible. You can find protectors for all kinds of shoes online

Don’t use the washing machine

For canvas shoes especially, it’s easy to toss them in the washer and dryer for a quick cleaning, but that will just wear them out faster. Scrub the shoes by hand instead, and do it immediately so the dirt doesn’t start to accumulate to a point of no return.

Stuff  with newspaper

There are several benefits to stuffing your shoes with newspaper, like dealing with odour, drying them out if they get wet and preserving their shape.

Repair before you replace

 

Think you’ve broken your shoes? You may just need to repair it. So, before you ditch, just try to rescue it by repairing it.

Store in a safe place

Damage to your shoes isn’t always done while they’re on your feet. Where you’re storing them after you take them off can contribute to their deterioration, so it’s important to find just the right spot to keep them.

Apply a shoe moisturizer

Moisturizing your shoes help prevent potential cracking due to damage. Just like you bought quality shoes, however, you want to get a quality shoe moisturizer. A quality shoe cream will absorb into the leather, nourish your shoes, and keep them fresh.

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