Shoe Purchase Tips

There are plethora of shoes that are shipped out on a daily basis to different shoe stores. The major problem is to purchase a shoe type that is of great quality and comfort.

This blog post is poised to enlighten you on the various tips to enable you purchase comfortable shoes.

  • Choose Quality

Nothing is more upsetting than purchasing shoes that do not yield value. Purchase shoes that can withstand very harsh weather conditions. To purchase shoes like this, you can set up a shoe budget and save a certain sum from your salary. This way you get to buy shoes that are long lasting and offer you value for your money too.

  • Buy Your Size-Always

 

If you wish to order shoes and you are uncertain about your shoe size, you can check out our blog post on how to measure your feet. It’s advisable to shop for shoes in the afternoon as your feet naturally expand during the day and may swell during hot weather. If you do not take this into consideration, you might purchase very tight shoes.

  • Always Measure Your Feet

When you walk into any shoe store, have the salesperson measure your feet every time you want to purchase a new shoe. Your feet may have expanded a bit since you last purchased shoes. If one foot is larger or wider than the other, it’s best you purchase a shoe that fits the larger foot.

  • Go for Comfort

Don’t just assume the shoe fits while sitting. Stand in the shoes. Are they tight? Do they fit? Can you walk in them? Are the heels balanced?

For maximum shoe comfort, ensure that you have at least a quarter- to a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

  • Examine the Soles of the Shoes

After ensuring that the shoes you intend to purchase are comfortable, the next thing to look out for is the sole. You need to turn the shoe over and examine the soles.

Are the soles sturdy enough? Can they provide protection from sharp objects? Are the soles too smooth? Try to get answers to these questions before purchasing the shoes.

You can get answers by walking on hard surfaces as well as on the carpet to see how the shoes feel on your feet.

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5 Things to do to a soaked Leather Shoe

This rainy season, the first thing you want to avoid is soaked leather shoes.

It is essential to note that most leather shoes might never fit properly if left soaked for 12 to 24 hours. Hence, strive to dry soaked leather shoes as soon as possible.

This blog post focuses on 5 quick tips to undertake when your leather shoe is soaked in rain water.

 

  • Take off the drenched shoes and Clean

 

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When you get home, the first thing to do is to take off the shoe and remove the insoles of the shoe (if  removable), and dry. Then gently wipe off any standing water. If the shoe picked up dirt or mud even while dredging through puddle of water, it is important to clean off the dirt or mud.

The dirt can be removed with a stiff brush and clean all dirt off of the shoes. For mud, dab and wipe them down with a rag first and then use a stiff brush to really get inside of the nooks and crannies of the shoes.

Make use of acid free tissue paper or old newspaper and stuff the shoes to absorb the moisture. Leave the shoes in a lighted but not in a warm area after stuffing the shoes. Change the paper at least three times a day. These papers help to hold the shoe in proper shape.

 

 

  • Dry the Shoes

 

Allow the shoes to dry naturally with air and dry the shoes to the point of being damp but not dry. To facilitate proper air circulation, the shoes should be turned to their sides; never sole down to reduce drying time.

Avoid the use of electrical heat such as heat from hair dryers or heaters. This causes the leather to be warped and twists the shoe out of shape.

 

  • Condition the Shoes

 

The next step after drying is to condition the shoes. This is to be done while the leather is slightly wet (i.e. just damp). Apply to the shoes a reasonable amount of thick leather coat of leather conditioner.

Massage the conditioner into the surface of the leather and leave it to dry for several hours or overnight. The conditioner will penetrate the leather and replenish the natural oils that got stripping when the shoe got wet.

 

  • Protect and Prepare the Shoes

 

After conditioning, if the shoe still seems overly dry in places, apply additional conditioners to those areas. Buff the entire surface of the leather shoe too.

To prevent the total erosion of the oils in the leather due to the uncertainty of the weather, water and stain repellant should be applied to the shoes before it gets soaked again. Avoid getting your shoes soaked regularly.

 

  • Reshape the Shoe

 

After the shoe has been dried, conditioned and protected, the shoe has to be reshaped. Ensure to make use of a natural cedar shoe tree to restore the shape. If you don’t have one, now is a time to purchase one.

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