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How to Clean Shoes

So you’ve just spent some cash on a pair of this season’s most coveted Prada derbies. Or maybe you’ve acquired a statement runway piece that no-one else owns, except for, maybe, Cara Delevingne or Gigi Hadid; some candy colour-pop sneakers from Chanel perhaps? Or maybe those infamous McQueen ‘Armadillos.’ Whatever your footwear treasure, you will no doubt want to show it off by wearing it frequently with your equally eye-catching clothing ensembles. Except there’s a bit of a problem here - the daily wear and tear which every favourite shoe goes through when it’s loved and worn a lot. This natural process will slowly but surely take its toll on your prize possessions over time, leaving them tattered and tired unless a planned course of preventative action is taken with upmost exactitude. Of course, what we’re talking about here is a daily shoe care routine which can limit the damage that your shoes may receive when out and about on day-to-day travels.

This is where Farfetch can certainly step in to help with a practical and precise guide on how to polish shoes. An easy-to-reference video has been artfully crafted to break down the usually laborious task of shoe cleaning into simple chunks that are easy to digest. But if you’d rather do something much more exciting with your precious moments, then perhaps now’s the time to pay more attention as to why shoe care is so important to overall aesthetics.

How to Clean Shoes

A quick glance at some of fashion’s most revered style stars rapidly proves why shiny shoes are such a vital element to stand-out style. Just think of Marilyn Monroe who has gone down in history not only for her astounding beauty, but also for her immaculate approach to footwear. She once famously quipped: ‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world,’ which she certainly did both on-screen and off in her always immaculate polished leather pumps. Back to the present day and new girls have stepped in to fill the shoe scene with their presence, like Sarah Jessica Parker in her ‘Sex and the City’ Days as Carrie Bradshaw. The hit late ‘90s show became prominent for addictive on-screen dramas which were as unmissable as Carrie’s perpetual love affair with Manolo Blahnik ‘Mary Janes’ and polished pointy Jimmy Choo heels, which have made her as well-known as her stunning outfits at the Met Gala. Award-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola should also be mentioned here for her love of leather ankle-strap pumps which she always looks faultless in at film-awards and red-carpet events. Bold embellishments and glossy leather straps capture her delicate but powerful style which has become as engrossing as her avant-garde movies.

How to Clean Shoes

But let’s not forget that ‘shoes maketh the man’ too and not just the woman. The Roxy Music rebel Bryan Ferry has proven this over the years with an enviable shoe selection, which, when combined with his hedonistic glam rock style, has made him one of the most stylish men in music. His footwear choices have been central to this status with their quirks and glittering appearance, from his gold cowboy boots on the ‘Do the Strand’ album cover to the pointed patent derbies which he always pairs with his rakish tuxedos. His statement high-shine shoes have cemented his status as one of the world’s most stylish rock legends, which, in the same sense is now happening to some of music’s new era names too, like emerging rapper Kid Cudi for example, who has become known for his high-impact high-tops. His ever-changing trainer repertoire has been so eye-catching that it caught the attention of Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti, who decided to collaborate with him to design a pair of glossy red-hi tops for SS15, proving that slick and shiny shoes can certainly get you noticed.

How to Clean Shoes

So with this all in mind, statement footwear now seems crucial to take style to new levels, which elevates the importance of a solid shoe care routine. This is where Farfetch can assist with its useful shoe care video which reveals the secrets of how to polish shoes in a few simple steps. Armed with this expert insider knowledge, it won’t take long to prime your own shoe collection so that it’s as ready to take on the world as Bryan Ferry in his Roxy Music days or Marilyn Monroe in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.’ It’s time to buff up your look and make a bold impression.

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