Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger

Good winter boots can be a great investment. However, quality boots can last for years with proper storage, cleaning and maintenance.

Consider these tips for bringing new life to old boots:

  1. Store them in cotton bags, boxes or on a rack. Never stack boots on top of each other.  Take a baby wipe to remove salt from snow treated sidewalks.  To keep leather from drying and cracking, use a shoe polish cream to shine and protect.
  1. If you have boots you wore last winter, consider taking the boots in for re-soling; wearing your shoes too long on a diminished sole could permanently damage your boots. While there is set no rule about how frequently a pair of shoes must be re-soled, a variety of signs, both subtle and not, can tell you that it’s time to re-sole. New soles can cost as little as $10 or $20 a pair, depending on the shoe type.
  1. Waterproofing is always a great idea.  Buying a waterproof spray for footwear is a must if you plan to wear your expensive boots in the snow and rain. Always waterproof a clean pair of shoes first.  Waterproof sprays and waxes are available at many retail stores at Crabtree. 
  1. Repairing worn-down heels can help restore your proper step, which can affect the rest of your body. Between city sidewalks and hard office hallways, your heels never seem to have quite the shelf life you thought. If a heel is isn’t completely damaged, on average a new rubber cap can be added, or a replacement of the heel altogether, for $8-15 per shoe.
  1. Shoes can generally be repaired if the uppers are in good shape. Fixing a tear in the leather or stitching can be expensive. Consider replacing the shoes if the repair cost is more than half the price of a new pair.  Be sure to do an inventory of your boots before the cold weather hits.