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It's boots season! Here are some tips to keep your footwear fresh.

1. Spray boots all over with a waterproof shoe spray as soon as you get them. Re-spray every couple of months.

2. Clean salt off with BootRescue Wipes ($6.99 for 15 wipes, bootrescue.com) or combine equal parts white vinegar and water and wipe down with a soft cloth.

3. Dry waterlogged shoes by stuffing them with paper bags.

4. If ya kicks stink, replace the insoles and spray the boots down with an anti-bacterial cleaner, or put them in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight.

5. To remove scuffs on leather, dab a wet a rag into a little baking soda and rub ’em out.

6. Don’t wet suede; get rid of scuffs with a pencil eraser instead. If you have a spot that has lost its texture, rub with a clean toothbrush; for serious spots, hold over steam for a bit, then rub with the toothbrush.

7. Replace heels and soles before they wear down to nothing (which will cost more to repair).

8. Maintain the shape of tall boots by storing them stuffed with wads of newspaper. Boots made of suede or vinyl can be hung with clamps on hangers (place a small piece of fabric between the boot and the clamp so the material doesn’t dent). Store leather boots out of the sun and away from heaters, which could cause cracking; give them a rubdown with boot cream every couple of months.

Shoes (from top to bottom):

ADRIANA NUNI LACE-UP WINTER BOOT, $275, FLUEVOG.COM
QUIN IN PEWTER, $160, DUNELONDON.COM
PASTEL JETTS, $400, MODERNVICE.COM
MARIA, $170, DANSKO.COM
DI PAOLO PASCAL 8-EYE BOOT, $150, DRMARTENS.COM
URBAN ADVENTURE BOOTIE, $49.99, MODCLOTH.COM

 


WRITTEN BY: CALLIE WATTS
PHOTOGRAPHER: LINDA XIAO
PROP STYLIST: MAEVE SHERIDAN

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2016 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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