How To Make Your Shoes Last Longer

Your shoes are probably the single most expensive piece of clothing you wear every day, and are undoubtedly the garment you put under the most stress and expect the most out of. Take care of them and you can get some extra mileage out of your clothing budget.

How Stuff Works offers some tips to make your shoes last longer:

* Buy good shoes. It seems like a no-brainer, but there’s always the temptation to buy cheap, possibly unreliable shoes rather than spend more money on a more durable product. Do your research, find a model that’s known for lasting a long time and make a wiser purchase.

* Disobey Kenny Loggins. Despite the musician’s urging to “kick off your Sunday shoes,” you’re better off taking them off with care. If you yank off your shoes without untying them you’ll wear them out faster.

* Don’t wear your shoes when wet. If your shoes get soaked, let them dry because wearing them while they’re wet may speed their decay. This is especially true for more delicate leather shoes.

7 Tips to Make Your Shoes Last Longer [How Stuff Works]

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