These tips are from our regular P & S guest Linda Cobb, the Queen of Clean (www.queenofclean.com):
Did you know that people many times will look at your shoes and judge you by them? Are they clean, dirty, are the heels scraped and marred, are there dirty toe marks on your open toe shoes? You can make a great impression and make your shoes last longer with just a little care.
REMOVING TOE MARKS FROM OPEN TOE SHOES: Get a good microfiber cloth that you keep for just this purpose. Wet one half of it with warm water and wring out really well. Start rubbing… up and down on the toe marks and then side to side. Continue rubbing until the toe area looks clean. If the lining is a suede-like finish, then use a suede brush or a nail brush to brush the nap and reset it. Dry thoroughly, out of the sun. If you do this before the marks are severe it will only take you moments.
FABIC BOOTS and SHOES: You can clean fabric shoes with a Soot and Dirt Removal Sponge. Rub it, like a big brick eraser, over the fabric. I suggest you do this outside because the sponge will crumble and rub off as you use it. If there are still marks, use the microfiber cloth the same way as for the open toe shoes.
LEATHER SHOES: Washing frequently with Dove Moisturizing Bar Soap will keep them clean and conditioned. Every now and then, when they get scuffed, polish with the appropriate color polish. Touch up scuffs on black or brown shoes with an appropriate colored permanent marker.
UNUSUAL COLORED SHOES: For styles that don’t lend themselves to shoe polish try Leather CPR. It is for all color leather and cleans and conditions. Find it at Bed Bath and Beyond. You can also wash the shoes with a damp cloth and Dove Bar Soap. Don’t rinse, just buff.
KIWI EXPRESS SHINE (NEUTRAL) I really like this instant shine sponge to freshen up leather shoes with a quick swipe. Simply glide the sponge over the shoe and you are done. Shoes look shiny and bright. Remember to wash off excess dirt first. Since this is neutral it works on all colors.
STINKY SHOES? Use Odrozout™. It is an all natural odor eliminator. Sprinkle in shoes when you take them off and just leave it until you wear them again. Shake the Odorzout outside or in the sink of toilet. If any remains, it will keep your feet and shoes smelling fresh. Go to odorzout.com for a store location.