Never again microwave shoes. They normally break in simply walking about, but a pair of maranas I owned required a few minutes of skating to break in. If you want your shoes to last longer, give them some love by walking around the block several times a week.
If your new shoes are causing discomfort for your feet, rubbing alcohol might help you break them in and stretch them. Make a rubbing alcohol dilution by combining 50 percent water and 50 percent rubbing alcohol in a spray container. Wear the shoes for 20 to 30 minutes after spraying the insides. This will help the alcohol penetrate the material and soften the leather.
Stretching shoes is a great way to get them ready for use. Most people either leave their shoes at home or go out and buy a new pair right away when they come in from being unworn. Stretching shoes before they're used is important because it allows the feet time to adjust to the pressure of walking on new soles. This will reduce pain or discomfort when the person starts wearing the shoes regularly.
There are two ways to stretch a shoe: manually and with air. Manually stretching a shoe involves using rubber bands to pull the toes back while standing on one foot. This exercises the muscles in the foot and helps them become more flexible. With air stretching, a machine uses pressurized air to blow up the shoe's interior like a balloon, which forces the foot into a stretched position.
Shoe trees are tools used to maintain the shape of a shoe as well as provide support for the uppers. They can also add weight to the heel or toe of the shoe to even out the balance. There are three types of trees: hand, electric, and metal.
Here's what to do if you find yourself with soggy sneakers.
It will dry out the leather, causing it to crack and damage the shoe. Allow your shoes to dry on their own and they'll be as good as new in no time. If you have truly nasty sneakers and nothing else works, I've been known to put them in the washing machine for a spin. Shouldn't hurt anything and should get them clean.
The main thing is not to over-water footwear. A little daily moisture is fine, but if you soak your shoes in water overnight or for long periods of time, they'll be ruined.
Leather shoes can also be damaged by chemicals from plants. The sugar in plant material can cause problems for woodworkers. Heavily burned items may leave a residue that can damage leather shoes. Clean up your work area before wearing these shoes. You don't want any burning chemicals on your feet.
Finally, let's talk about mud. If you walk through mud or soil with wet shoes, you're going to get dirty socks. And we all know what happens when there's dirt on our socks...
The best way to keep your shoes looking nice is to wear them! Use a brush to get any loose hair off the bottom of your boots. You can use that same brush on your shoes. Make sure you take off your shoes when you come inside; this will prevent any dust from getting on them.