3 Tips to Care for Your Dress Shoes During the Winter

The soft shine of suede, the smell of new leather, and the familiar firmness of a solid rubber sole. We all know that feeling of a brand new pair of boots. Although our boots and shoes are designed to get dirty on the streets and handle the toughest trails, the better you look after them the longer they’ll last.


Winter rain and snow can ruin a good pair of dress shoes. This leaves you with cold feet on the walk to and from work. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are three tips you need to know to make sure your dress shoes can hold up to these cold days.

Wear Dress Boots

Wear dress boots on untidy sidewalks covered with puddles and snow drifts that can make for a miserable day. Especially if you’re wearing a thin pair of loafers. Shoes with shallow heels or thin material put less distance between you and the elements. And they don’t provide the support you need for walking through the snow.

If this is your problem, we recommend a sturdy pair of dress boots. They can put up an extra half inch between you and whatever way be on the ground, and they prevent your feet and ankles from getting wet.

Avoid Materials

Leather dress shoes are the most common and the best material to wear in this winter weather. Suede, on the other hand, will show spots and stains far more. If you’re still worried about your leather shoes getting wet, polish them before you head out. Shoe polish will make leather less absorbent. Oil and wax base will cause raindrops and snow to roll off rather than allowing them to sit and soak into your shoes.


We have all had those days where we trudge through six inches of snow in our favorite dress shoes. Especially if you live in the Rexburg area, this has happened to you more than once. Here are some easy last resort rescue tricks to helping your dress shoes last longer:


If you have found your favorite leather dress shoes drenched after a storm, avoid the urge to use a blow dryer to dry them off. Doing this will cause the water to leave the leather too quickly, which causes them to crack and leave permanent damage. Instead, take your time when it comes to drying them. Pat them dry with a towel then insert a dry towel to the inside of the shoe to pull out the moisture. Leave the towel in for a day or so at room temperature.


Once your dress shoes are dry, use a horsehair brush or a damp cloth to clean off any dirt or residue. Exposure to salt can leave permanent damage to the leather if not cleaned properly. If salt doesn’t seem to come off, dip your damp cloth in a solution of ⅓ white vinegar and ⅔ water. Then rub the stains in an outward circular motion.


Once you have completed the first two steps, you can polish your shoes. Doing so will get that healthy shine back and add a light layer of moisture protection.

Covering Your Shoes


When wearing a certain pair of shoes that can be damaged by rain or snow, it is better to be safe than sorry. Your best bet is to cover them up with a pair of galoshes or even rubber shoe covers. This may not be as stylish or fashion forward as the shoes you are wearing underneath them. But they are guaranteed to keep your feet and shoes dry.

Caring for Your Closet

To learn more about how to take care of the other items in your closet, read the article, Tie Care: A Complete Guide to Keeping Your Tie in Mint Condition.


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  1. […] During the fall and winter semester at BYU-I, there’s a lot of snow. Just stating the obvious. The snow and salt on the roads can ruin your shoes. But don’t worry, Freeman has written 3 tips on how to keep your shoe top notch during the winter. […]

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