Salsa shoes just like any other shoes are prone to wear and tear. In order to lengthen the life of your shoes and make the most out of them, you need to provide them with proper care. This will help you prolong the life of shoes and save you some money in the long run. If you take good care of your footwear, they will last a long time. You do not want to keep buying new shoes after just a few months. Following these care tips can help you get the most out of them:
Reserve Dance Shoes for Dancing Only
Do not use dance shoes for street or daily wear. The shoes are not made for constant use outside the dance floor. Using it daily for work or play can expose it to a number of harsh elements that could affect the shoes.
Salsa shoes are handcrafted split-leather. That means special care and effort were put into the making of dance footwear to ensure that they perform properly. They can give you balance when you dance. The leather used is lighter than ordinary footwear. Wearing the shoes on the streets can cause undue strain on the light material. Rough floors or pavement and wet weather can easily damage the shoes.
The dance footwear often have napped surface which will enable you to dance better on the floor. If you use it on the streets, the dirt could get in the nap of shoe. If you must have to wear the dance footwear outside then brush it with a steel brush. The brush strokes should go with the nap. If the surface is not restored to normal then you should brush in the direction opposite the nap.
Air the Shoes After Using
The dance footwear must be left to breathe on its own for a minimum of fifteen minutes before you store them in the room. This will allow the sweat to dry. The sweat is an enemy of the leather or suede since it can cause it to become tougher if allowed to stick to the material. The temperature for storing dance shoes should be 18 degrees.
Do not use direct sunlight, blow dry or radiator in drying the wet shoes. This will cause them to wear easily. Instead, let them dry in room temperature usually for 24 hours. That means, you should not use the shoes for the next 24 hours so they can dry completely.
To take care of the hide that has been tanned in the leather, put ordinary skin cream that you use into the shoes. Once the shoes absorbed your skin cream then put spread shoe cream on them. Do not use shoe polish.
Rub the shoes with soft cloth and brush them softly. This will keep the hide of the shoe constantly hydrated. In the process, the leather will not get dry and easily destroyed.
Polish Shoes Often
Suede, nappa and nu-backs require brushing and using a spray protector. This will make them resistant to water. If you want to shoe sole to stay in place, make sure to use suede brush on a suede shoe. Patent footwear needs silicon oil or polish to avoid sticking and cracking.
Keep Shoes in Shape
Men footwear should be placed on shoe-trees if not worn. Use a shoe horn when placing them.
Clean Shoes Regularly
Use the correct cleaning products on your shoes. Suede soles require shoe brush for the nap of the shoes. Brush in the toe to heel direction only. Suede shoes need tooth brush or suede brush. Use suede shampoo to remove stains. Brush shoe front to back then apply suede dressing.
Leather shoes should be polished once a week and cleaned with damp cloth. Nubuck shoes are cleaned with cloth wet with warm water and a little soap. Then brush from front to back before applying nubuck dressing. Patent leather shoes should be cleaned with damp cloth and after drying, a patent dressing. Do not use ordinary shoe polish. Satin salsa shoes require clean cloth. Refrain from using shoe polish and acetone on satin footwear.