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How to Care for Your Footwear

October 02, 2020


Loved Shoes Last:
How to Care for Your Footwear

Brought to you in collaboration with Jeeves of Belgravia



Loved Shoes Last:
How to Care for Your Footwear

Brought to you in collaboration with Jeeves of Belgravia



Loved Shoes Last:
How to Care for Your Footwear

Brought to you in collaboration with Jeeves of Belgravia


We've partnered with Jeeves, London and New York's finest dry cleaners, to give you tips on how to care for your footwear.


How to Clean and Disinfect Your Shoes

  • If fabric shoes become stained, they can be wiped down with a damp cloth. Avoid using wipes, which may damage your shoes, depending on the material.
  • Lysol can be used to disinfect shoes. However, make sure to first test a small area to ensure that it doesn't damage your shoes, especially its exterior. Lysol will also kill mould and help with odour removal when sprayed in the shoes interior, especially the inner soles.
  • While scrubbing the soles of your shoes won't hurt, over scrubbing can cause damage, especially when done repeatedly over time. We instead recommend wiping down the soles of your shoes with a water and dish soap solution.
  • Foot baths are a good idea, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic. However, be mindful of the type of solution used, present additives and the material of the soles of your shoes. Lipid breaking soaps, as well as high temperature exposure are still our best defence against Covid-19. An alternative to a foot bath is a small heat chamber or garment dryer, which can raise the temperature of your shoes, as well as any clothing and other accessories, above the level that the virus can survive.

We've partnered with Jeeves, London and New York's finest dry cleaners, to give you tips on how to care for your footwear.


How to Clean and Disinfect Your Shoes

  • If fabric shoes become stained, they can be wiped down with a damp cloth. Avoid using wipes, which may damage your shoes, depending on the material.
  • Lysol can be used to disinfect shoes. However, make sure to first test a small area to ensure that it doesn't damage your shoes, especially its exterior. Lysol will also kill mould and help with odour removal when sprayed in the shoes interior, especially the inner soles.
  • While scrubbing the soles of your shoes won't hurt, over scrubbing can cause damage, especially when done repeatedly over time. We instead recommend wiping down the soles of your shoes with a water and dish soap solution.
  • Foot baths are a good idea, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic. However, be mindful of the type of solution used, present additives and the material of the soles of your shoes. Lipid breaking soaps, as well as high temperature exposure are still our best defence against Covid-19. An alternative to a foot bath is a small heat chamber or garment dryer, which can raise the temperature of your shoes, as well as any clothing and other accessories, above the level that the virus can survive.
  • If fabric shoes become stained, they can be wiped down with a damp cloth. Avoid using wipes, which may damage your shoes, depending on the material.
  • Lysol can be used to disinfect shoes. However, make sure to first test a small area to ensure that it doesn't damage your shoes, especially its exterior. Lysol will also kill mould and help with odour removal when sprayed in the shoes interior, especially the inner soles.
  • While scrubbing the soles of your shoes won't hurt, over scrubbing can cause damage, especially when done repeatedly over time. We instead recommend wiping down the soles of your shoes with a water and dish soap solution.
  • Foot baths are a good idea, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic. However, be mindful of the type of solution used, present additives and the material of the soles of your shoes. Lipid breaking soaps, as well as high temperature exposure are still our best defence against Covid-19. An alternative to a foot bath is a small heat chamber or garment dryer, which can raise the temperature of your shoes, as well as any clothing and other accessories, above the level that the virus can survive.
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How to Store Your Shoes

  • Use wooden shoe trees to maintain the shape of your shoe. We personally recommend cedar shoe trees as it will also act to remove odours.
  • As an alternative to wooden shoe trees, you can stuff your shoes with any acid-free packaging tissue. Make sure the paper is acid-free and ink-less. Any additives, like ink found in newspapers, can transfer and damage your shoes.
  • Baking powder can be used to help remove shoe odours before and after use. Sprinkle the interior with baking powder and let it sit overnight. Dump out the baking powder in the morning. There are also odour removing foot and shoe powders that you can buy but baking powder works just fine.
  • Putting your shoes in individual shoe bags will protect your shoes, especially those made of fabric, from getting dusty in your closet.
  • The best way to prevent mould from developing when your shoes are stored in your closet, especially in warmer climates, is to ensure that they are clean prior to storage. Store your shoes in a dry atmosphere. You may look into cold storage with a temperature of 50ºF and 50% relative humidity for leather and fur shoes.
  • White sneakers are easily susceptible to unwanted yellow stains while in storage. Oxidation is the main culprit for this. Minimising recycled oxygen exposure is one of the best ways to avoid this. We recommend allowing your white sneakers to breathe in a box or dust bag in lieu of a plastic bag or being wrapped in poly.
  • Keep your shoes clean and polished before and after use. Polish (wax) helps protect your leather shoes.
  • Rotate your shoes to allow them to rest between wears. It's best not to wear the same shoes multiple days in a row.

Additional Reminders:

  • If your shoes get wet from either rain or perspiration, make sure to clean them and allow them to dry before you store or wear them again.
  • If you wear your shoes barefoot, expect them to pick up more odours than if you wear socks.

About 90% of shoes still end up in landfill and some soles last 1,000 years in landfill.

-The Guardian

Purchase with Purpose:
Sustainable Shoes and Socks

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Purchase with Purpose:
Sustainable Shoes

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Sustainable Shoes

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How to Store Your Shoes

  • Use wooden shoe trees to maintain the shape of your shoe. We personally recommend cedar shoe trees as it will also act to remove odours.
  • As an alternative to wooden shoe trees, you can stuff your shoes with any acid-free packaging tissue. Make sure the paper is acid-free and ink-less. Any additives, like ink found in newspapers, can transfer and damage your shoes.
  • Baking powder can be used to help remove shoe odours before and after use. Sprinkle the interior with baking powder and let it sit overnight. Dump out the baking powder in the morning. There are also odour removing foot and shoe powders that you can buy but baking powder works just fine.
  • Putting your shoes in individual shoe bags will protect your shoes, especially those made of fabric, from getting dusty in your closet.
  • The best way to prevent mould from developing when your shoes are stored in your closet, especially in warmer climates, is to ensure that they are clean prior to storage. Store your shoes in a dry atmosphere. You may look into cold storage with a temperature of 50ºF and 50% relative humidity for leather and fur shoes.
  • White sneakers are easily susceptible to unwanted yellow stains while in storage. Oxidation is the main culprit for this. Minimising recycled oxygen exposure is one of the best ways to avoid this. We recommend allowing your white sneakers to breathe in a box or dust bag in lieu of a plastic bag or being wrapped in poly.
  • Keep your shoes clean and polished before and after use. Polish (wax) helps protect your leather shoes.
  • Rotate your shoes to allow them to rest between wears. It's best not to wear the same shoes multiple days in a row.

Additional Reminders:

  • If your shoes get wet from either rain or perspiration, make sure to clean them and allow them to dry before you store or wear them again.
  • If you wear your shoes barefoot, expect them to pick up more odours than if you wear socks.

About 90% of shoes still end up in landfill and some soles last 1,000 years in landfill.

-The Guardian

How to Store Your Shoes

  • Use wooden shoe trees to maintain the shape of your shoe. We personally recommend cedar shoe trees as it will also act to remove odours.
  • As an alternative to wooden shoe trees, you can stuff your shoes with any acid-free packaging tissue. Make sure the paper is acid-free and ink-less. Any additives, like ink found in newspapers, can transfer and damage your shoes.
  • Baking powder can be used to help remove shoe odours before and after use. Sprinkle the interior with baking powder and let it sit overnight. Dump out the baking powder in the morning. There are also odour removing foot and shoe powders that you can buy but baking powder works just fine.
  • Putting your shoes in individual shoe bags will protect your shoes, especially those made of fabric, from getting dusty in your closet.
  • The best way to prevent mould from developing when your shoes are stored in your closet, especially in warmer climates, is to ensure that they are clean prior to storage. Store your shoes in a dry atmosphere. You may look into cold storage with a temperature of 50ºF and 50% relative humidity for leather and fur shoes.
  • White sneakers are easily susceptible to unwanted yellow stains while in storage. Oxidation is the main culprit for this. Minimising recycled oxygen exposure is one of the best ways to avoid this. We recommend allowing your white sneakers to breathe in a box or dust bag in lieu of a plastic bag or being wrapped in poly.
  • Keep your shoes clean and polished before and after use. Polish (wax) helps protect your leather shoes.
  • Rotate your shoes to allow them to rest between wears. It's best not to wear the same shoes multiple days in a row.
  •  

Additional Reminders:

  • If your shoes get wet from either rain or perspiration, make sure to clean them and allow them to dry before you store or wear them again.
  • If you wear your shoes barefoot, expect them to pick up more odours than if you wear socks.

About 90% of shoes still end up in landfill and some soles last 1,000 years in landfill.

-The Guardian

Purchase with Purpose:
Sustainable Shoes and Socks

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Sustainable Shoes and Socks

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