The satin-shoe trend is going stronger than ever, so it’s safe to say that all eyes are on silky footwear at the moment. That’s all well and good, but it needs to be said: satin shoes are incredibly delicate and can be ruined forever in a mere instant. To provide you with a quick and easy guide to looking after your favorites the right way, Savoir Flair reached out to the specialists at The Cobbler, of Level Shoes, as well as the most in-the-know footwear enthusiasts for a handful of expert tips. Read on below and get to protecting your precious pieces.
Handle with Care
It’s important to know that satin is an extremely delicate fabric (even more fragile than exotic leather), and can get damaged very easily. The first thing is to always keep this in mind and handle accordingly, being extra careful when wearing them and mindful of the weather conditions especially.
The process of caring starts before even wearing your satin shoes for the first time. Use a protective spray, which you can then reapply every once in a while, depending on the frequency of use. A waterproof spray will create a protective layer and prevent stains from penetrating the fabric. We recommend ‘Super Invulner Medaille D’Or’ by Saphir.
Avoid wearing your satin shoes in wet weather at all times, but if they do happen to get wet, be sure to dry them properly rather than simply leaving them to air-dry (a hairdryer on the lowest heat and gentle mode will do the trick) to avoid water stains. A cotton ball can work well to soak off excess water before drying the residue – just don’t rub wet shoes as it can cause water streaks on the fabric!
Dust Be Gone
Keep your satin shoes clean in-between wear by keeping them in a dust bag, and be sure to dust them off sporadically – a dry cloth or even a nylon stocking will do the job. Be careful, though, as you don’t want to rub the dust into the fabric.
The best way to clean your satin shoes is with an air-pressure machine and clean water. However, we highly recommend that you to take them to professionals, like those at The Cobbler, for cleaning.
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