Good shoes and bags can be a big investment, but also can last for years or even decades if well cared for. Get to know your local cobbler, and have them add rubber half soles if your shoes have leather soles. Get heel tips replaced as soon as they start to wear down. If you have shoes or bags with brass hardware that’s begun to darken or tarnish, try buffing gently with one of these jewelry polishing cloths.
I’m pretty good about keeping my shoes conditioned and polished, but am not always as attentive to my bags. This time of year can be just as hard on leather accessories as on our skin. I’ve used the leather moisturizer from Coach for many years and have been happy with the results. (I don’t often use any kind of soap or cleanser on my bags, usually just wipe with a damp washcloth periodically.)
Pen mark on your favorite lighter colored bag? I’ve found the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works well to remove them on most natural leathers. (Test on a portion of the bag that’s not as visible first.)
I’m scheduled to report for jury duty tomorrow. If I don’t get seated on a jury, I’ll be giving my favorite bags a “spa day” later this week.
What cleaning or care products for shoes and bags do you swear by?