When the winter comes, besides the eagerness to watch the snow fall, many people can’t help but feel uncomfortable because of the wet snow.
In the snowy winter or rainy season, if you do not properly dry your shoes, not only will the shoes’ life span will be reduced, but your foot health will also be affected! In particular, when the foot is exposed for a long time to a humid environment, you are at risk of foot fungus.
Simple tips to prevent your shoes from getting wet by snow and rain
Genuine leather shoes
Leather shoes getting wet due to rain or snow, if not handled quickly, will deform fast. The first thing to do is absorb the water in the shoe with a dry towel. Then, put shoe trees (tools that help maintain the shape of the shoe, prevent wrinkles and absorb moisture from the shoe lining) or newsprint inside the shoes and let them dry in a shady, airy place.
Remember not to expose your leather shoes to direct sunlight as this may cause shrinkage, wrinkling, or fading. After drying, apply a special layer of wax to your leather shoes to maintain the life of shoes.
Feather boots are not only stylish but also have good ability to keep you warm, so they are very popular in the winter. However, they have a drawback which is their water resistance is very bad and they are extremely vulnerable to moisture. You should be avoid wearing feather boots on rainy or snowy days.
If the boots get wet, quickly remove dirt with a dedicated brush or toothbrush, then dehumidify them with a dry towel.
For those who impatiently dry the shoes with a dryer, the hot air from the dryer can damage the boots, so be careful.
Suede shoes are also very sensitive to water – water stains can cause discoloration or speckle on the suede surface. When the shoes get wet, dry the water and then allow them to dry in airy place.
For stubborn spots, use a dry cloth to soak a small amount of germicidal vinegar or alcohol and wipe the stain. In case of oil stains on the shoes, sprinkle flour on the stain to absorb the oil, then brush off the flour with a brush and wipe off with vinegar.
Newsprint – the “savior” of wet shoes
Depending on the material of the shoes, there are different ways to protect it. However, newsprint can be considered as a close friend of all types of shoes, as it not only dehumidifies but also absorbs unpleasant odors in the shoes.
After drying the shoes, putting some newsprint in them can help eliminate odors. Also, you can put newsprint balls in your shoes to help fix the size of the shoes if shoe trees are not used.
When you need to dry your shoes quickly, take advantage of some plastic bags and your hair dryer. Put the shoes in a bag, then turn on the hair dryer and blow them from the outside to help the shoes dry quickly, at this time, to avoid leather material being deformed, you should use the cold mode instead of using the hot mode.