How To Protect Your Shoes Through Salt And Snow

We’re dealing with ankle-deep slush in the parking lots here at Consumerist’s northernmost bureau. Harsh winter weather is harsh for shoes, especially shoes that haven’t been designed to be tough and waterproof. If you’re still waiting for your backordered duck boots, here’s what you should do to keep your shoes looking nice after the snow melts.

Racked posted this handy guide to how to waterproof your shoes and cope with other terrible things that winter can do to footwear.

Leather shoes

Protect them ahead of time with a product sold or recommended by the manufacturer. Don’t make assumptions, and make sure to follow the instructions provided.

If salt stains appear on your leather shoes, you can remove them with white vinegar: just wipe the salt off with a vinegar-soaked cloth.

Suede shoes

The same rules apply to suede as to leather, but waterproofing is even more important.

In case of salt stains, use a suede brush.

Rubber boots

No, they don’t really get damaged by snow, water, or salt: that’s kind of the point. You should clean them, though, which will keep them looking nice for longer. Rubber and canvas alike can be cleaned with soap and water in case of stains.

Wet shoes

Stuff them with balled-up newspaper and put them close–but not too close–to a source of heat like a radiator or a vent.

The Essential Winter Shoe Care Guide [Racked]

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