to Better Shoe Care
Start a Home Care program of cleaning,
conditioning, polishing and weatherproofing.
Use cedar shoe trees to keep shoes looking
their best. Cedar's unique wicking action absorbs moisture,
acid and salt, thereby reducing cracking and deterioration of
In a pinch? Cornstarch will help remove foot
odor. Or for a less messy application use an anti-odor insole,
shoe deodorant powder, or aerosol available at BEDO's and other shoe repair
Extend the life of your shoes with protective
soles. These are very thin rubber soles applied over the sole
of the shoe to make it longer wearing.
Practice preventive maintenance. Repair your
shoes before every-day wear turns into damage.
Remove salt stains immediately with
easy-to-use salt stain remover available at BEDO's.
Buy new shoes in the evening. Feet increase
in size by 5-8% by the end of the day.
stretch footwear that is too tight.
Bunion? Hammer toe? Corn? BEDO's can adapt your shoes to fit your
Prevent knee, hip, and back problems by
keeping shoe heels balanced. See a shoe repair professional
such as BEDO's who can offer
Buy quality shoes. In an average day, a man
takes about 8,000 steps. If he 170 pounds, the daily force that
accumulates on his feet is 1,000 TONS. Spend a few extra
dollars for shoes that will give you the support you
Caring for smooth leather is a
four-step process. First, clean the shoes with a leather
cleaner to remove the surface dirt. Next, condition the
leather. Conditioners soften and lubricate the leather.
Next, it is time for the polish.
A paste polish provides a high-gloss, long-lasting shine, but
takes some time to apply. Liquid polish is quick and easy to
apply, but must be applied more frequently. Cream polishes
provide a happy medium.
After the shoes are shined,
weatherproof them. If you live or work in a messy environment,
the protection of a weatherproofer is a must. Ask BEDO's to recommend the product best
suited to your needs.
The key to keeping these
materials in top shape is preventive maintenance. Before you
wear the shoes, protect them with a water and stain repellant
designed specifically for suede and nubuck. As soon as the
water isn't beading up on the shoes, spray them again.
Use a plastic or rubber-tipped
brush regularly to restore the nap and remove surface dirt
before it sets in. Be gentle brushing nubuck.It is softer than
suede and easily damaged. With oiled nubuck, use a nubuck
conditioner regularly to replace the oils that wear takes
|If you get a stain,
remove it immediately with a solvent-based cleaner made
specifically for suede or nubuck. Oil absorbing blocks are
available for this purpose.
Use mild cleaner and conditioner for exotic
leathers such as reptile or snakeskin. Using products for
smooth leather may leave a residue that will build up around
the base of the scales and cause them to crack or fall
If you have shoes with fabric or suede on the
uppers, follow the steps outlined for suede care. Leather
uppers can be cleaned with sneaker shampoos that remove stains
and dirt. If the shoes become scuffed, whitening products
restore the original color. Shoe repair professionals can also
use a white spray dye for a like-new finish.
The big problem is controlling odor. These
shoes are constructed with materials that make ideal places for
bacteria to live and grow. Use a deodorizing product that
absorbs odor causing bacteria and counteracts it.
Finally, you can keep athletic shoes looking
and feeling new with replacement parts. New laces do wonders
for the appearance and new insoles are often better than the