How to Buy Dress Shoes That Last -- Savings Experiment

How to Buy Dress Shoes That Last
How to Buy Dress Shoes That Last

It's never a bad idea to have a nice pair of dress shoes in your wardrobe, but they can be expensive. So, how do you make sure you're getting what you pay for? Let's walk through a few tips that won't trip up your savings.

There are three things to look for when buying new dress shoes. The first one is quality leather. Check for little scars or imperfections in the hide. These blemishes could be a sign of untreated leather that won't last as long. Next, check the stitching, it should be neat and be barely noticeable. And lastly, the soles should be made out of leather and at least a quarter-inch thick.

Spending a little more on a good pair of shoes can really pay off in the long run. Experts recommend paying between $150 to $300 to get the best value. Do your homework and see what works for you.

Now that you know how to find the perfect pair, it's important to know how to maintain them to make them last. Keep your shoes on a shoe tree. This will allow them to contract and dry out to their ideal shape. And if your brand new shoes stain from water, snow or salt, there's no need to worry. Just dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in white vinegar and gently rub your shoe to remove the stain.

Before you run to the shoe store, remember these tips. You'll see that buying new dress shoes doesn't have to tread on your budget.


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