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How To Look After Your Shoes

From Mr Porter

Illustrations by Mr Angelo Trofa

Three top tips to help keep your shoes in great shape.

Britain’s most infamous and influential dandy, Mr Beau Brummell, was said to have polished his boots with champagne. Whether true or not (probably not), the rumour hits upon an essential truth: nice leather shoes are worth looking after.

“Look after your shoes and your shoes will look after you,” says Mr George Glasgow of London shoemakers George Cleverley. And hand-lasted shoes, like the ones you’ll find at George Cleverley, if cared for properly, can last decades, looking as good – if not better – than when brand new.

According to Mr Glasgow, shoe care comes to down to three things: shoe trees, resoling, and polish. So here are his tips for keeping your shoes in tip-top condition.

Shoe trees

Ironically, one of the worst things you can do to your shoes is to wear them. Mr Glasgow recommends wearing brand-new shoes for only a few hours at a time initially, so as to break them in a bit. Most crucially, whether new or not, it’s essential to put them into a well-fitting cedarwood shoe trees immediately after taking them off. “You must do it when the shoe is still warm. Our ones can be adjusted to fit the forepart of the shoe to minimise creases. Cedarwood shoe trees are best because they’re lightweight, meaning you can travel with them. If you neglect to use shoe trees, creases will form, the shoe will lose its shape and the leather will crack.”

Resoling

Just because your soles are worn through does not mean that they are ready for the bin. The beauty of British-made shoes is that they can be resoled many times over. Any good shoemaker worthy of the name will offer an extensive aftercare service. “We always recommend returning the shoes back to us,” says Mr Glasgow, “as we’ll repair them on the original last using the same materials, in the same way that they were made.”

According to Mr Glasgow, more often than not, the heels will need replacing before the sole. “Just turn the shoe over and take a look. The sole will look a little thinner or there might be a hole. Or press down on it and see if it feels soft. The shoe itself will talk to you and say, ‘I need some TLC. Repair me!’”

Polish

“Shoe-polishing is always done in a hurry,” says Mr Glasgow. “The problem is you end up wiping most of the polish off after a couple of minutes, when actually, you need to let it feed into the leather for at least two hours, or even overnight.” Shoe polish not only gives your shoes a pleasing lustre and shine, it nourishes and moisturises the leather and prevents it from cracking.

With that in mind, the rest of the process is pretty simple:

01. Use a horsehair brush to get rid of any excess dirt and dust off the shoe.

02. Get an old rag to apply the polish in a small circular motion, and leave it on for a few hours.

03. Use a toothbrush or similar sized brush to get polish into the stitching in between the welt and the shoe, as this can also get dry and crack.

04. Use the horsehair brush to buff your shoes to a high shine.

05. Finally, for an extra bit of shine, get a piece of selvyt cloth, which is the same type of cloth used by diamond merchants and silversmiths, for a final once-over.

Espadrilles that will make you want to ditch your flip-flops

Summer is here, which means it’s officially sandal season! While flip-flops are a staple every woman needs in her closet, espadrilles are a chic and fun way to change things up a bit.

Although espadrilles have been around for centuries, they’ve been especially popular over the last few years — so much so that even the Duchess of Cambridge was recently spotted wearing a pair!

If you’re wanting to channel the former Kate Middleton this summer, we found some options to add a royal touch to your wardrobe. Whether you’re looking for a pair of flirty wedge espadrilles or some colorful espadrille mules to add a pop of color to your outfit, there are plenty of trendy options to choose from.

Here’s How to Clean White Sneakers, According to Experts

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White sneakers are everything that is good in the world. They go with basically everything, they are always in style, and they make everything you wear feel just a touch cooler. That is, at least, when those white sneakers are actually white. The obvious and detrimental downside to a great white sneaker is that it gets dirty and it gets dirty fast.

There are a few simple things you can do to make sure they stay looking fresh. Don’t wear them near dirt, mud, or any kind of sketchy grime. Don’t wear them in the rain (especially canvas!) or just after the rain. Puddles are not your friend, not in white sneakers they’re not. White workout sneakers are pretty, too, but might we suggest staying away from outdoor runs and keeping them for indoor workouts only.

There is also the issue of fabrics on the shoe. Maybe you manage to keep the uppers clean but the soles look like trash. Or maybe you have some scuffing around the toes, but the tongue and heels look great. When it comes to keeping sneakers clean, it’s important to take note of these things. Is the sneaker made of leather, canvas, or some other material? Is the sole rubber or foam? And is every part of the sneaker a single fabric, or will you be looking to spot treat different areas for different reasons?

Take a minute to survey your sneaker stains—or sneakers you would like to never become stained—and take note. Here’s how to clean your white sneakers, according to experts.

How to Clean White Leather Sneakers

White leather sneakers are the easiest of the fabric bunch to clean and keep clean. Bernie Gross, the creative director at Extra Butter, recommends sticking to his favorite: Jason Markk sneaker cleaner. “It’s become the industry standard for footwear maintenance,” he says. “And being that it’s almost completely all natural and biodegradable, it’s safe on all materials.” There are some household DIYs you can test out, if you’re feeling up to the challenge: mix water with baking soda, use laundry detergent, or even spot clean with toothpaste—just make sure it also has baking soda in it.

The experts at Koio recommend spot cleaning your shoes before going all out. Not only is this a good way to get an even clean, but it also ensures whatever cleaner you’re using works well with the fabric. Megan Defeo, Koio’s marketing associate, recommends using Crep’s cleaning kit—the cleaning solution, a microfiber towel, and a brush—for the most productive clean. Brush the diluted solution into the leather gently. No. Scrubbing. Going too hard can break up the leather.

Wil Wispin, the U.S. Brand Director at Sneakersnstuff, adds mild dish soap into the mix: “I love a good microfiber cloth with a little mild dish soap—not too wet,” he says. “Get one hand inside of the shoe and wipe away, putting a little more elbow grease on the soles where you can scrub harder. Wipe with a dry cloth or towel.

As for the Magic Eraser trick you might’ve seen around the internet? Save it for the rubber soles and skip it on the leather. “Magic Erasers contain chemicals that can be too harsh and even ruin the natural finish on the sneaker,” Gross says. “You want to preserve that varnish as much as you can to keep the integrity of the leather.” That goes for other household cleaning products that might seem to work but will really do more damage.

“When I first met my current girlfriend, she was Windex-ing her white shoes,” says Gross. “They barely made it 3 months, the leather basically started peeling. They deserved better.”

How to Clean White Canvas Sneakers

White canvas sneakers need a little bit different of a treatment. The canvas is porous, so the same leather pastes and cleaners are going to seep into the stains instead of pulling them out. “I’ve seen YouTube’s of people suggesting to let the paste dry out in the sun for a full effect,” says Gross. “That’s basically asking for the baking soda to try and get caught in the tight weave of the canvas.”

Instead? “Do a dry pass on the canvas first with a sturdy brush to get any loose dirt off,” says Gross. “When using a wet solution, keep the water content low so the canvas doesn’t soak it up too much. Work quick, and dry off as much as you can with a fiber towel.”

How to Prevent White Sneaker Stains

Of course, the best way to keep white sneakers clean is to prevent them from getting spotty in the first place. Koio likes shielding them with Crep’s protect spray, which helps avert dirt, stains, and liquid from getting in.

Make sure your shoes are dry, spray from 20 cm away, let them dry for 10 minutes, and repeat. Let the sneakers breathe for a day before wearing them again, and make sure they’re dry before you do.

Also on the list of “hacks” to leave on the internet: drying via direct sunlight or using a hairdryer to get the shoes drier faster. Koio experts say it can cause the materials to crease, crack, or dry out.

Other Tips for Sneaker Maintenance

White shoes are a good test in keeping your clothing maintenance in check. We buy nice things and we take care of them. Good care! Ready to level up? Koio recommends conditioning your sneakers once a month to help them live a long and fruitful life. Put a little bit on a cloth and work it into the leather.

For workout sneakers? Wispin sometimes puts them in the washing machine with a towel and a cold setting, regular detergent. Do this at your own risk—and definitely don’t put them in the drier.

For a quick refresh—and a total cleaning overhaul—don’t skip on the power of a fresh new pair of laces. Laces often look beat up real fast and are basically impossible to get 100% clean. A new pair is worth the money, every time.

Lastly, Wispin recommends the most tried and true method of keeping white sneakers white: “Literally, physically, keep everyone at arm’s length. Just a basic reinforcement of personal space.” It’s good for public health and good for your sneakers.

10 Shoes to Wear With Summer’s Biggest Dress Trends

Summer is just around the corner, and while we may not be traveling or attending many fun gatherings like in summer’s past, we still want to look and feel good in summer’s chicest pieces. One item that’s going to be on heavy rotation this upcoming season is unquestionably? Dresses. There are plenty of cool trends out there to suit every sartorial taste—from puff sleeves and crochet fabrics to open-back frocks and voluminous silhouettes. Which poses the question: What shoes should we be pairing with all our cool dresses this summer?

Below, we’re sharing some of the chicest footwear trends that will look gorgeous with your frocks this warm-weather season. From sporty sandals to retro sneakers, consider pairing one of these cool pairs below with your minis, midis, or maxis.

Chic Flip-Flops

This season, flip-flops are getting an elevated upgrade with chic details such as flatform silhouettes and luxe leather fabrics. Designers have released luxe versions of the controversial trend. (We’re particularly loving The Row and Prada’s right now.) Whether you wear flats or thong sandals with a heel, if you want to avoid a beach-ready look, pair them with sleek and polished dresses such as rib knit midi dresses or silky slips. 

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Sporty Sandals

Sporty sandals have been trending for a few years now, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. While a classic black pair will never go out of style, this summer, we’re seeing fashion girls wearing the comfy flatform sandals in fun colors, designs, and adornments to spruce up their voluminous dresses or sleek midis.

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Retro Sneakers

Retro sneakers are having a major moment this summer. They add a cool-girl touch to everything from floral print minidresses to colorful maxi dresses. Go all the way and wear them with trending white crew socks.

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Rainbow Hues

Nothing puts us in the summertime mood quite like a bright and bold pair of colorful sandals. We’ve seen orange and green hues in particular pop up all over Instagram and at our favorite retailers, which is not surprising since they were prevalent on the S/S 2020 runways. Don’t be afraid to pair them with an equally bold printed dress this summer.

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Lace-Up Sandals

Whether flat or heeled, your ankles will be getting some action this summer thank to the cool lace-up sandal trend. Pair them with your midi and maxi-length dresses this warm-weather season.

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Birkenstocks

The “ugly” sandal trend that is Birkenstocks is no longer a passing trend. In fact, they’ve become a mainstay in many a cool-girls wardrobe. They’re especially popular right now given our desire for comfort at home. Pair them with a contrasting cute, puff-sleeved, billowy white frock.

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Chain Details

Shoes with chains, anklets, and other jewelry-like accents was a trend seen all over the S/S 2020 runway and adds a chic and luxurious touch to even the simplest dresses. 

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Platforms

Platforms and flatforms are trending hard this spring and summer—leaning into the popular ’70s trend. Wear them with a sundress or slip dress when you want to feel all dressed up.

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Chunky Stomping Boots

Yes, fashion girls still wear boots in summer, and the chunkier, the better. Contrast your stomping boots with a flirty dress. 

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Chic Slides

One of the easiest and most versatile shoes we can slip on with practically any dress we own are comfy, flat slides. Try them with luxe details such as buckles, mock croc, or woven leather.

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The Only 5 Shoe Trends You Need in Your Work Wardrobe This Spring

The arrival of spring has a similar effect for most: the urge to run outside, breath in fresh air and celebrate as many extra minutes of daylight as possible once the clocks move forward. But reality is: You still have to go to work. As a consolation, spring also means it’s time to ditch heavy footwear in favor of something more seasonal.

The best work shoes for this time of year must strike a perfect balance: They can be lighter and more open-toed, but anything that too closely resembles beachwear will not likely be HR-approved. Thankfully, all you need to know is in the five shoe trends ahead that are office- and spring-ready.

Heeled Mules

Now that you can begin to ditch the socks, welcome back the always-sleek mule. Try a super pointed toe and low vamp for an especially elongating effect.

Loafers

Next up: Loafers are forever an office classic. For traditionalists, this shiny black pair will become a Monday-to-Friday go-to.

Ankle Strap Sandal

Sandals at the office can be tricky — not impossible. A good rule of thumb for bringing them back this spring: Avoid anything that suggests your OOO message is on and choose clean silhouettes with study straps.

Accented Pointed Toe Pumps

A forever trend, clean-cut pumps have a place in any office. For spring, try softer hues and a substantial heel width — something that ensures you can commute in your shoes and not just have to store them under your desk.

Croc Embossed Bootie

Finally, the end of winter doesn’t mean you have to ditch your boots entirely but it couldn’t hurt to try a new approach. These spring-ready colors will be perfect for pairing with trousers and dresses, and feel so much fresher than your average black bootie.

Coronavirus: Louis Vuitton owner to start making hand sanitiser for hospitals

French luxury group LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault is donating 200m

LVMH Moët Hennessy, the French company behind major brands like Louis Vuitton, Fenty Beauty, and Benefit Cosmetics, announced Sunday its factories that normally manufacture perfume will shift to manufacturing hand sanitizer gel.

“LVMH will use the production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands … to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels from Monday,” the company said in a statement, according to Reuters.

The company said it would be delivering the products to French healthcare authorities for free. According to March 12 data from the World Health Organization, France so far has dealt with 2269 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus that have led to 48 deaths.

The move comes amid a global shortage of alcohol-based sanitizers, which have been recommended by the CDC as a tool to avoid the spread of COVID-19. According to Bloomberg, a shortage of alcohol-based sanitizers has prompted policy changes by the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA encouraged licensed pharmacists and doctors to create their own hand sanitizers and sell them to customers amid a shortage in the US. The agency said over the weekend that since pharmacists and doctors “are more familiar with standards and methods for producing drug products than “untrained” consumers. 

The agency requires pharmacists and doctors to create the sanitizer using its recipe that calls for specific quantities of ingredients like alcohol, glycerol, hydrogen peroxide, and sterile water, Bloomberg reported.

A pharmacy in New York City last week offered its customers instructions on how they could make their own hand sanitizer after it sold out of the product — but provided an inaccurate recipe that did not meet CDC guidelines.

Titos Handmade Vodka last month had to tell customers that its vodka could not be used as a hand sanitizer under CDC guidelines after people on social media shared they were using it as a sanitizer. Titos Vodka contains just 40% alcohol whereas the CDC requires an alcohol-based hand sanitizer contains 60% alcohol. 

On March 9, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state was using labor from prison inmates to manufacture 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer each week.