Adrian Mainella: Three Things You're Not Doing That Are Ruining Your Footwear

The Huffington Post Canada     First Posted: 12/12/11 04:08 PM ET   Updated: 12/19/11 03:16 PM ET

It never fails. Even though we know winter is on its way (the thermometre begins to drop, frost forms) we delay going to the mall to buy a decent pair of cool-weather boots. And then, the second the snow starts to fall, we scramble to find a Sorel we'll enjoy wearing, immediately pop them on our feet and walk into the winter wonderland that awaits.

The only problem is we end up dropping all this money on a pair of boots only to skip the most important step in shoe maintenance: protecting them from the elements.

"Salt and snow can wreak havoc on footwear," says Adrian Mainella, a Canadian fashion journalist and TV personality and spokesperson for Tana. "It's important to protect all shoes and boots with a protectant spray... before the first wear and after every time you clean your shoes. It creates a barrier that repels the elements, and also makes cleaning easier."

For Mainella, doing the following three things is an absolute must if you want your shoes to last for more than one season.

Cleaning Is Key
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If you don't take the time to clean your shoes regularly, not only will they lose their sheen, dirt and salt will get into the shoe's seams and slowly eat away at the strength of the shoe's fibres. And, if you can believe it, there's a right and wrong way to clean a pair of your slip-ons.

"Use a damp shoe buffing cloth (shammy) to wipe off dirt and salt stains, or apply a... cleaning lotion with a soft shoe cloth for stubborn salt stains. The cleaning lotion also nourishes and moisturizes the leather," says Mainella.

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