4. Sole guards (optional): This is a thin
protective rubber sole which is applied to the top of
the existing sole to prevent it from wearing out. It also
protects the stitching on the soles as well as being nonskid
and waterproof. Sole guards also slightly cushion the
walk. If applied properly, sole guards can barely be noticed
from the side of the shoe. They are the approximate thickness
of a penny and in most cases, will actually outlast the
factory or replacement sole. They are also much less expensive
to replace. For best results, sole guards should be applied
to new or firm soles. Do not use them if your soles are
already 'spongy' or soft.
5. Shoe Trees (cedar only): Cedar wood has
an appealing aroma and is very dry in nature. This helps
absorb any moisture in the shoe from perspiration or rain
seepage. Shoe trees should be installed immediately after
removing your shoes; they should dry naturally and not
be left near any heat, The trees will also insure that
your shoes will dry to their original shape and will help
protect the lining as well as the uppers. Always alternate
your footwear at least every other day to allow the trees
to settle inside your shoes and absorb even the slightest
moisture before wearing them again. Never use shoetrees
made of plastic material or shellacked wood. Instead of
absorbing moisture, those materials will actually drive
the moisture back into the liner, which will lead to a
premature deterioration of the leather.
6. Galoshes: Always wear them in inclement weather.
The object is to keep the leather as dry as possible,
and restore the oils with creams and polish on occasion.
If you follow these few maintenance procedures, you will
be pleasantly surprised at how much life your expensive
shoes will have in them.