A gentleman must know how to pick good shoes. A man spends plenty of time in his shoes as he works towards his dreams and ambitions. Balmorals for the future CEO. Industrial boots for the blue-collar man. Sneakers for the aspiring superstar athlete. Over the course of his career and life, a working man will have collected plenty of pairs of shoes. A true gentleman knows how to care for the shoes that has helped him reached this far.
A pair of leather shoes that are properly taken care of can last a lifetime. A few re-crafting here and there and the shoes will stay in very good condition.
The greatest enemy of leather is moisture. The adhesive cement used to attach the soles of the shoes can deteriorate when exposed to moisture. The leather itself can harden and develop severe creasing or cracks.
There are plenty of situations in which shoes are exposed to moisture. Walking on a wet pavement or stepping on a puddle of water. The sweat from the feet and the humid air are almost unavoidable. Shoes that have been exposed to moisture must be allowed to dry and the leather be reconditioned to avoid moisture damage. Reputable shoe brands recommend having three or more pairs that are to be worn on rotation to allow each pair to have enough time to properly dry after wearing.
But in order to properly dry when not being worn, the storage for the shoes must also be free or have minimal moisture. A wooden storage made if absorbent wood is recommended. The storage must also be inspected with the help of moisture meter to make sure that it meets the right moisture level for preserving leather shoes.