1. RESOLE YOUR SHOES
This was something that was recommended to me when I got my beloved Isabel Marant Dicker boots. If you get a sole put on when the shoes are new, any wear will wear away at the sole and not the actual shoe (does that make sense?) Then you can just re-sole your shoes again. I’ve done this with every one of my designer shoes.
2. INVEST IN CLEANING + CONDITIONING SUPPLIES
You spent good money on them, now take care of them! When purchasing, be sure to ask if the company has a type of cleaner or conditioner that they use, as that will be the safest option for that shoe/bag. I never really knew what leather conditioning was (or cared for that matter), but someone recently described it to me as moisturizer for your shoes. This will keep them from cracking, wrinkling or flaking. Lastly, be sure to use a weather protectant spray and use it a few times a year.
3. USE THE DUST BAGS
They give you these for a reason: to protect from color transfer, sun exposure, excess moisture, and dust. You can also use them to wipe down or clean the bag or shoe.
4. DON’T OVERFILL YOUR BAG
Leather stretches and if you overstuff your bag, it may change the shape of your bag. Also, too heavy of a bag can cause premature wear + tear.
5. STUFF IT
To help your bag and shoes keep their shape, you need to store them properly. Whether it’s with a shoe tree or just tissue paper, stuff your shoes and bags to keep them looking better for longer. Regular use of a shoe tree or bag stuffing will maintain the shape and prevent shrinkage and creasing.
Do you guys have any other tips for caring for luxury items? Let me know in the comments!