The two main important factors in the longevity of your dress shoe are ironically what you do to the shoes when you’re not wearing them. The first factor is the condition of the leather. Secondly, the shoe’s architecture. A shoe tree is the one tool that can do both at the same time. So before you read any further, make sure you own a good cedar wood shoe tree. The trick is purchase one any time you buy a shoe (if it’s within your means of course).
Maintain the shape with a shoe tree
The first two hours or so that your shoe is off your feet requires a shoe tree to maintain the architecture of your shoe. If a man can’t afford a pair for each shoe in his wardrobe, a pair or two is enough. Leave them in the last worn shoe until you take off the ones on your feet. Besides the shape of the shoe, it helps draw unwanted liquids from your shoe after wearing them. A cedar wood shoe tree will also cause your shoes to smell good.
Don’t store wet shoes
Don’t store shoes when they’re wet. Tightly stuff paper towels in them and keep them in an airy space away from direct heat or sunlight. Once the water is out of the shoe (the water should be out after 24 hours)place a shoe tree in them and go through the entire polishing regime before storing them.
Don’t place one shoe on top of the other
Shoes should be positioned upright as though being worn, and not any other way. No matter how tight your closet maybe, you have to find a way to place your shoes to stand right. A shoe rack can be a very good investment.
Polish before storing them for the season
If you have seasonal shoes that you wear only during a particular season take your time to polish or clean them well like you’re about to wear them before you store for the season. If possible, a professional shine is an invariably a solid investment.
The reason is that there might be stains on the leather or fabric of the shoe, and if you don’t clean it well enough to get rid of all of that, six months might be too late to do so.