How to Keep Your New Dress Shoes From Wrinkling

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Maintain that new look by taking care of your dress shoes.
Maintain that new look by taking care of your dress shoes.

Most classic dress shoes are made from leather. This material is breathable, warm and durable when treated with care. Prevent your dress shoes from wrinkling and creasing, a common problem even with high quality leather footwear, to maintain their best appearance and maximize comfort and durability.

Things You'll Need

  • Cedar shoetrees
  • Shoehorn
  • Leather finishing cream
  • Soap
  • Washcloth
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Instructions

    • 1

      Store your dress shoes using cedar shoetrees. Cedar absorbs moisture and will prevent leather from cracking and creasing. This will allow you to maintain a smooth appearance in places where your foot naturally bends and the leather is prone to wrinkling.

    • 2

      Use a shoehorn when putting on your shoes. This will prevent you from trampling the material at the back of the heel, which can cause wrinkles. A shoehorn allows your foot to slip inside smoothly without compromising the structural integrity of the shoe by applying unnecessary pressure at the back.

    • 3

      Do not wear leather dress shoes multiple days in a row. Even on dry, temperate days, your shoe absorbs moisture from your feet. Without a day to dry thoroughly, leather shoes may not retain their shape perfectly and can begin to appear wrinkled.

    • 4

      Avoid using shoe-cleaning substances that contain acid or harsh soaps, such as detergents. Similarly, avoid liquid shoe polish. These substances can age and wrinkle dress shoes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Shoetrees and horns are available at most shoe stores and are manufactured by brands such as Johnston and Murphy’s.

  • Clean your dress shoes without causing them to wrinkle by rubbing a thin layer of mild soap on a damp washcloth and using this to rub off dirt. After the damp spot on the leather has dried, apply a cream leather treatment to re-finish the shoes and prevent wrinkles.

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References

Resources

  • Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body; Clinton Kelly et al.
  • Photo Credit Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images

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