How To Prevent Creases In Shoes
How To Prevent Creases In Shoes
There’s nothing that ruins the look of a pair of shoes more than unwanted creases. Let’s face it, wrinkles are never desirable, on your face, in your clothes and especially not your expensive leather dress shoes. Not only do they look unsightly, but they can also cause discomfort when walking, so avoiding creases is a benefit in more ways than one. If you want your shoes to remain looking fresh and new for as long as possible, meaning that they are more comfortable to wear and also easier to clean, then you need to know how to prevent creases in shoes. Luckily for you, then, that’s precisely the subject that we’re tackling today. Once you’ve read our latest blog, you’ll have no excuse for not keeping those dress shoes looking smart.
How Do Creases Develop
Before we discuss how to prevent creases from developing, lets quickly examine how and why they form in the first place. Think about it for a second. Shoes are designed to be comfortable to flex around your feet as you walk; therefore, they need to be pliable and not overly stiff. The uppers need to compress to allow for that all-important bending as movement occurs, then quickly spring back into shape. As such, an element of temporary creasing is always going to happen, no matter what fabric your shoes are constructed from. Leather is a popular and relatively stiff choice as opposed to cloth and mesh, which have far more “give” but offer less protection. Well made shoes are specifically designed to provide flex where it’s required the most. The elasticity of the material used will determine the amount of flexibility and also the number of creases remaining when your shoe returns to its natural unflexed state.
Where And How Do Shoes Commonly Crease
Simply put, shoes crease most at their weakest point and at the point which is required to flex the most. Shoes are most likely to crease at the point where the shoe bends when you walk, but that will differ from one shoe manufacturer and design to another. Where shoes are made from several pieces of material and therefore feature “joints” which may be sewn or glued together, these weak spots are far more susceptible to creasing. Creasing, in itself, happens where the distribution force and also the reinforcement from your foot, create the most amount of pressure.
Steps You Can Take to Minimise Creases In Shoes
The great news is that there are several ways you can actively reduce and minimize the amount of creasing that occurs. Let’s take a look now at some of our top tips to get your shoes in tip-top condition.
Use A Shoe Horn
Firstly, we recommend that you purchase shoes that are designed featuring a durable and high-quality heel counter. The more rigid the counter, the less likely the shoe will be to crease, but conversely, the more uncomfortable the shoe is likely to be to put on and take off. So always use a shoe horn, that way, you will prevent your shoe heels from being crushed and also find it so much easier to get into and out of your shoes without damaging them. A shoehorn is such an inexpensive purchase, but one that really could save you a lot of money over time.
Choose The Right Sized Shoes
This might sound like an obvious point, but you’d be shocked at how many people are wearing the wrong-sized shoes. Choosing well-fitting footwear reduces the space between your foot and the shoe upper material, which allows your foot to add valuable reinforcement, which reduces creasing. The more space there is between your foot and the upper, the less resistance there is to prevent creasing, particularly around those weak spots.
To check that you are wearing the correct sized shoe, push your foot into the front of the shoe and check how much space is at the heel. You should just about be able to fit in your index finger without either forcing it too much or having too much wriggle room. It terms of the width, a correctly fitting shoe should lightly not tightly press against the fullest part of your foot without feeling restrictive or overly snug.
Use Shoe Crease Protectors
Shoe crease protectors are another popular and effective way to reduce creasing. These inserts are designed to remain in your shoes, providing a semi-rigid flat surface which encourages the supper to stay in shape. Sneaker shields and crease protectors might not entirely prevent creases, but they will undoubtedly go a long way towards minimizing them.
Protect Your Shoes With Shoe Trees
Old fashioned wooden style shoe trees also do an excellent job retaining the shape of your shoe when it’s not being worn and helping to prevent creases. These simple accessories have been around for years and are designed to expand into the toe box of your shoe and push back against the shoe heel to retain the shape and stiffness of your footwear. They basically work on the principle that when shoes are being worn, they become more supple due to the release of moisture from the feet. As the shoe dries and shrinks back into place, the shoe tree helps retain the shape and pulls any potential creases out flat before they have a chance to set in.
Can You Really Prevent Creases In Shoes
In a nutshell, you can never guarantee 100% that your shoes will never crease, but you can certainly do a lot to reduce the severity of any creasing. First, by carefully choosing the style, design, and fabric of your shoes, secondly, by ensuring that they fit correctly and thirdly by adding shoe toe box inserts to reinforce and take care of your shoes when they’re not being worn.
Getting into the habit of regular shoe maintenance (like using oils for leather boots or shoe shine kits) will also go a long way to helping your footwear look better for longer and help prevent creases from occurring.