There is one, unavoidable problem with your favorite pair of shoes: they are going to get dirty. If you’re an unfortunate soul who happens to favor white shoes, you know this better than most.
As such, we want to make sure your have what you need to keep your shoes in top shape. We’ve put together a list of at-home pro-tips to take care of the little scuffs and stains, and when those just aren’t going to cut it, we have an arsenal of products to tackle the grime.
Odor: If you notice your shoes have gotten a little musty, you can try dropping a couple fresh orange peels inside, or sprinkle a little vanilla on crumpled newspaper and leave it stuffed in your shoes for 24 hours. Now, if your shoes have gotten so bad that even your dog refuses to be in the same room as you, you’re going to need something with a little more punch. The Shoe and Sneaker Sweetener works fast and will not only stop odors, but it will prevent them from coming – even better, it comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Dirty leather: Leather can be a bit finicky. Not only do you have to worry about scuffs, but it needs special treatment to ensure it doesn’t dry out, and it can absorb stains if they aren’t handled quickly. The best way to clean your leather shoes is to do it often so stains don’t have an opportunity to set in. To fix light grime on your leather, dilute baby wash (one or two drops in 8-12 oz. of water) and scrub the leather clean with a microfiber cloth. If you’re looking at a bigger stain that can’t be conquered by mere baby wash, consider trying Lexol leather cleaner wipes. They can be used on any leather from auto upholstery to handbags as well as your favorite leather shoes.
Scuffed leather: Scuffs happen, and it can be frustrating. Fortunately, most scuffs aren’t so severe that they can’t be fixed. For a minor scuff here and there, a little dab of Vaseline will usually be all the love the leather needs. But if the damage is a little more significant, a leather conditioner like Cadillac Boot and Shoe Care is a better alternative. It cleans, polishes and conditions leather and exotic skins. You can also regularly use Saddle Soap to optimally maintain the life of the leather.
Salt stains: Winter happens, and salt seems to get on everything that touches the ground from your car to your shoes. For subtle salt stains, mix one tablespoon of white vinegar in one cup of water, and wipe your shoes down with a cotton ball soaked in the mixture. Allow the shoes to air dry afterward. If the salt stains don’t come off, we recommend trying Fiebing’s Salt Stain Remover. It works on leather and fabric footwear and neutralizes salt stains so that they won’t come back.
Dardano’s sells shoe treatment products plus shoe laces and insoles. Finally, if the damage goes beyond cleaning, bring your shoes into Dardano’s and we’ll repair them for you. Our shoe repair services are legendary, serving the Denver community since 1938.