How To Protect Your Shoes Through Salt And Snow
Racked posted this handy guide to how to waterproof your shoes and cope with other terrible things that winter can do to footwear.
Protect them ahead of time with a product sold or recommended by the manufacturer. Don’t make assumptions, and make sure to follow the instructions provided.
If salt stains appear on your leather shoes, you can remove them with white vinegar: just wipe the salt off with a vinegar-soaked cloth.
The same rules apply to suede as to leather, but waterproofing is even more important.
In case of salt stains, use a suede brush.
No, they don’t really get damaged by snow, water, or salt: that’s kind of the point. You should clean them, though, which will keep them looking nice for longer. Rubber and canvas alike can be cleaned with soap and water in case of stains.
Stuff them with balled-up newspaper and put them close–but not too close–to a source of heat like a radiator or a vent.