A scuffed up shoe on the red carpet or at a big premiere is never okay! It can really alter the vibe of a trendy look. Brad Goreski
RUDE Girl has a confession to make. I have always enjoyed cleaning shoes. My school shoes were cleaned and polished ever night. I am sure it had something to do with my mother’s obsession with clean shoes. But I also had a liking for the methodical task. And, I was always keen to care for my things as well.
I have never liked the scruffy shoes’ look, let alone the ‘cheap’ scruffy shoes’ look. In my opinion [and in the quote above] it can destroy any attempts to look stylish.
Recently, I have been getting more involved in the art of mending and repair. What came to light recently, was the importance of polishing shoes to detect any issues with them. In other words, if you are not regularly caring for your shoes, like cleaning or polishing them, you may miss signs of wear and tear.
The same thing occurred to me when ironing for the first time in many months. I noticed buttons on shirts were loose, and there was a hole in a shirt. If I had not ironed these clothes, I may not have spotted the problems.
Whether it’s shoes or garments, wear and tear that’s addressed immediately will be a lot easier and oftentimes cheaper to fix.
The other day, I thought it time to clean some black leather shoes. Before I knew it, I was cleaning all my shoes and boots. I was able to audit the wear and tear and assess whether new heel pads were required.
My shoes are stored in a small hall cupboard, near the front door. Once I started pulling shoes out for cleaning, I realised that there were those I was not going to wear. These went into the charity donation box. It was another de-cluttering job out of the way! I was actually amazed at the quality of shoes and boots I have been able to rescue from landfill fate over the years.
Beat The Man by caring for your shoes, and cleaning and repairing them ASAP!