There's a sense of spring here in London. Not warm enough to go bare-legged yet, but there's promise of it in the air.
I always relish the change in seasons - re-discovering much beloved outfits and enjoying the new flowers at Columbia Rd market. Each winter I hope for snow but, come March, I'm busting for a change regardless of how little snow we've had. (Not even a centimetre to report this year!)
At the turn of spring, I sort through winter clothes and shoes deciding what should be kept and what's destined for the charity shop. Before packing things away I always give my winter footwear a bit of TLC as damp, mud and street salt can cause havoc with leather if left.
This weekend I'll make myself a nice little pot of coffee and getting things sorted. Join me in doing the following and you'll be rewarded with happy, ready-to-go boots next winter.
- Repair - get any heels or soles fixed before packing your winter numbers away.
- Clean - if you're in an area prone to snow, winter salting can leave marks on your boots and cause the leather to harden and break down over time. Your local shoe repair shop should have a solution to remove this. Otherwise, add a tablespoon of white vinegar to a cup of water and use a cotton ball/cloth to dab it on the marked areas. Let them dry and repeat as needed. Even if there is no salt, give all shoes a wipe down with a damp cloth for leather or a suede brush.
- Moisturise - once the shoes are clean and dry, apply a clear or coloured polish. Just like our skin, leather needs a good moisturise every so often to stop it drying out and losing its lustre.
- Pack - ideally all shoes/boots should have toe stuffers and all long boots should also have boot stretches. (Easily found at your local shoe repairer or online.) I haven't kept all of my original boxes, so mine will be stored in large clear under-bed storage boxes and popped in the attic.