If you haven’t already noticed, here at Who What Wear, we are shoe obsessed not only when it comes to shopping and buying but also when it comes to everything else shoe related. From bizarre shoe facts to hacks for making them more comfortable to how to break in or stretch them at home, there’s so much we’ve learned already and even more to be learned! With that in mind, we recently reached out to Smbat “Sam” Bedrossian, owner of Fast & Best Shoe Repair here in L.A., and posed a simple question about what not to do to your shoes.
Scroll through for his top five no-nos—we think some might surprise you!
“One of the biggest mistakes is washing your sneakers in the washing machine. Not only does it ruin a shoe's quality, but it also unglues the shoe from its base.” — Sam of Fast & Best Shoe Repair
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“Wearing suede shoes in the rain or in muddy conditions is another easy way to damage your shoes. Suede shoes almost never go back to their original condition after being damaged that way.” — Sam of Fast & Best Shoe Repair
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“People should protect their shoes before wearing them, but they usually don't. Protecting your shoes earlier on will give them a longer life span.” — Sam of Fast & Best Shoe Repair
Editor’s note: Examples of shoe protection include using Scotchgard on suede and getting a rubber sole put on before wearing new shoes.
“One of the biggest mistakes customers make is over-wearing their shoes, damaging them to the point of no return. In most cases, they are still salvageable (at a higher cost), but in some cases, they are just too damaged.” — Sam of Fast & Best Shoe Repair
“Just like the human skin, shoes have pores that need fresh air, so try not to leave them in the closet for a long period of time. Keep them in an open area, and make sure they are never left in plastic bags for a long time.” — Sam of Fast & Best Shoe Repair
Now that you know what not to do to your shoes, continue to shop our favorites!
Ulla Johnson Studded Bianca Ankle-Tie Sandals ($450)
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Textured-Leather Sneakers ($95)
ASOS Retrospect Lace Up Ankle Boots ($69) in Khaki Snake
Do you have any tips for caring for your shoes? Share them in the comments below!