Treat your shoes with a waterproofing spray so they don’t get stained and ruined if you get caught in a sudden downpour. It’s best to waterproof your shoes when they’re brand new but you can do this to shoes you’ve already worn, too.
First, use a soft, dry sponge or chamois cloth to gently wipe away any dirt stains. Then, mist an even layer of water-repellent spray all over your shoes. Be sure to do a spot test on every pair of shoes before you apply the spray.
You can also stash a spare pair in your office or car to switch out your shoes in an emergency.
When in storage, shoes should be stuffed to prevent them from losing their shape. Reuse the paper stuffing that comes with the shoes when you first buy them or create your own stuffing by purchasing acid-free tracing paper or butcher’s paper from an art supply store. Do not use newspaper as the ink may stain the insides of your shoes.
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