Ways to Care for Your Shoes

Every type of shoe—from sneakers to brogues—requires special attention. With these tips, your kicks may outlast you, except you are a vampire!


All fingers are not created equally,in the same vein not all shoes are created equal. You can’t treat a canvas sneaker the same way you would a leather brogue, no one does that but they all equally need proper care and maintenance. Ordering from  konga is just the beginning. The biggest mistake anyone can make is to neglect caring for their shoes after they bring them back from lectures.

  • 1. Polish leather often

    You’ve invested money—and probably time(surfing konga)—in your new shoes. Show them off, and make sure they look good. So as soon as you take them out of the box, polish them.

    Sylva suggests polishing each time you put them on so they always look their best. But if you don’t have the time, at least  give them a good rub down before you go out.


    2. Protect and brush suede

    If you’re investing in suede kicks, treat them with a protective suede spray that resists water, salt and mud so they won’t be damaged by the elements. Remember to  test the spray before using it, as it could change the color of your shoes.

    You should also commit to a good suede eraser and brush for maintenance. First, use your eraser to target stains. Then, follow up with the brush to bring the nap of the suede back to its original state.


    3. Get the H2O out

    If you find yourself caught in a sudden Ekiti downpour, save your shoes from permanent damage by drying them as soon as you get to the hostel. Stuff your shoes with old handouts or newspapers (whichever you can get your hand on) to soak up the moisture, and place them in your window not your locker as you wait for them to dry.

    Whatever you do, don’t pick up the hair dryer(if you’ve successfully smuggled one in), it will damage the leather and make the leather cracked and brittle.


    • 4. Drop the sponge

    Don’t  use a sponge on your shoes because it’s hard to tell what’s in them. Instead, keep a shoe-care kit with essentials like polish and a natural hair brush.


    • 5. Add a layer of rubber

    Before you wear them, ask a cobbler to place a rubber sole on your new dress shoes. Not only will the rubber protect the leather soles from damage, but they’ll also give you extra traction.

    Plus, worn rubber soles are easily—and more affordably—replaced than leather. .


    • 6. Roughen up your boots

    Don’t put your boots through hell just to get that rugged, worn-in look. You can still get the same effect after protecting the leather. Use a leather balm and neutral cream, but avoid buffing them to a shine.

    Just watch the soles. Are the heels uneven or worn down on one side? See your cobbler to resole them so you can wear the hell out of them for years.


    • 7. Add age, instantly

    When you’re in a pinch—or if you want to experiment with a burnished style—you can use black shoe polish on brown shoes. The black polish won’t do any damage to your boots; it’ll only make the leather a bit darker and more rustic looking.


    • 8. Embrace the elements

    Polishing your boat shoes isn’t a necessity. Allow them live through the elements because they’re meant to be salt-washed and faded.

    While there are differing opinions, think of this: Boat shoes look really cool when you can tell they’ve be out on the waves or to the beach a few times.


    • 9. Invest in quality polish

    Ignore your urge to bargain like you are from Warri. Yes, you need shoe polish and not the sneaker scuff cleaner from that Aboki at the beginning of the estate. Stay away from those brands.

    Although they may save you money, they don’t actually remove scuffs. Instead, they layer on a white paste that appears chalky when dry. So stick to white shoe polish.


    10. Hand Wash

    The best way to clean your canvas sneakers is by hand with fabric shampoo and water.