By now, you’ve probably experienced a little bit of the first rains of the year, the inescapable sign that the rainy season will soon be upon us.
Some people are excited about the coming rains. After all, it means that there will be less heat and more excuses to stay in bed. Others hate the rainy season. For them, it signifies everywhere becoming cold and wet and in the case of shoes, potentially damaged.
Navigating daily life during the rainy season can be a bit tricky. You have to carry an umbrella almost everywhere, drying clothes is a pain and of course, shoes easily get wet, muddy and ruined.
This does not have to be so. While we cannot do anything about the coming rains, we can prevent them from claiming any of our precious shoes.
Shoes made from a material such as suede are more susceptible to damage and should only be worn if absolutely necessary.
Instead, shoes made of water-proof items like rubber should be used more. You should also wear more of sandals and less of full-coverage shoes like Oxfords.
Sandals do not have inner soles and so if they do get wet, they will not retain moisture and smell with time.
Avoid flooded areas as much as possible and avoid walking in the rain.
If water gets on the inside of your shoes, dry them out immediately and if any mud gets on the inside or outside of the shoe, make sure you clean it immediately. If these are not cleaned on time, it could lead to odour or permanent damage.
The rainy season will be here soon and it is best to prepare ahead of time to prevent damage to your shoes. Pick the right shoes, wear them with caution, prevent damage to shoes as much as possible and if there is some damage, mitigate it as soon as possible.