HOW TO TAKE CARE OF LUXURY BAGS + SHOES

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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!

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11 Comments

  1. Madi
    03.10.2017 / 11:52 am

    I have been wanting to ask you this for so long! I’m glad I waited.
    This is such good advice. I have always been reluctant to invest in nice pieces because I just SUCK at taking care of stuff… Kudos to you for always keeping your pieces looking like new.

    • Cheeky
      04.27.2017 / 12:24 am

      Is it ok for the bags to display it without the dustbag? I love staring all of them. Lol

      Thank you

  2. Whitney
    03.10.2017 / 1:16 pm

    What product are you using for those shoes (Gucci)?

  3. isabel
    03.10.2017 / 10:11 pm

    what weather protectant spray do you use?

    • August Diaries
      03.12.2017 / 10:49 am

      I use one by Moneysworth + Best, but most will work!

      xx Jill

  4. styleblogla
    03.11.2017 / 2:00 pm

    Trying to decide between the gucci jordaans and brixton… what do you think?

    • August Diaries
      03.13.2017 / 1:12 pm

      Hmmm… tough choice! The Jordaans are more classic I would say, and will probably last longer because you’re not folding them down to make them into a slide.

      xx Jill

  5. Michaela
    03.11.2017 / 6:32 pm

    I love your style! Great post!

    I would love to see a post on how to pair bulkier/boxy jackets, you make it look casual but feminine!

    • August Diaries
      03.13.2017 / 1:11 pm

      Good idea! I just posted this bomber style and I will keep an eye out for boxy jackets 🙂

      http://bit.ly/2n1gXO5

      xx Jill

  6. Anne
    03.24.2017 / 8:02 pm

    Great tips! I’d love to see a post on your collection of handbags (or at least your favourites)! And another for shoes. 🙂

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