February 18, 2015
By Jody Hume
HOW TO CARE FOR LOUBOUTIN SHOESSHOP CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
Often seen on the runway and the red carpet, Louboutin shoes are as coveted by the fashion and street style elite as they are by Hollywood royalty. From classically feminine to over-the-top edgy, Christian Louboutin’s expertly crafted designs are investment-worthy pieces that are consistently in high demand. And investments deserve to be protected. Treating your Louboutins with care will maximize their longevity, as well as their resale value if the time comes to consign and invest in a new pair. For advice, we turned to our Senior Director of Authentication, Graham Wetzbarger. A Christian Louboutin expert, not only can he spot the signs of authentic Louboutin shoes, he knows the best ways to keep them in top condition. Read on for his tips.
Louboutin Leather & Materials
Whether patent leather, ponyhair or covered in studs and suede, Louboutin shoes are made of the finest materials. The best way to care for all styles of Louboutin shoes to is to keep them clean, dry and out of the weather. To keep them clean, Wetzbarger recommends using a soft, dry cloth. “Be wary of using commercial shoe polish that may not be suited to the quality of leather Louboutins are made with,” he warns.
If your Louboutins have an unavoidable run-in with the elements, the best thing to do is wipe them down with a soft cloth. But be mindful of suede: “If you get dirt or mud on suede, wait until it dries to clean it off to avoid smearing and staining.” And it’s not just the outside that counts. Keeping your insoles in good shape is a good idea: “Discolored insoles can kill the resale value of your shoes,” cautions Wetzbarger. “Wipe them down with a soft cloth and very mild soap.”
Louboutin shoes often come with spare heel taps, which you should always keep on hand. Wetzbarger recommends replacing heel taps regularly when they start to wear down. “Never walk on a heel without a heel tap as you can ruin the integrity of the heel, and then replacements cannot be put on.” If your shoes don’t come with extras, or if you’ve misplaced them, any cobbler should be able to find the right size and shape to match.
In a perfect world, your Louboutins’ signature soles would stay glossy red forever. But in reality, even with minimal wear they’re bound to see some scuffs. Wetzbarger says not to worry too much: “Some scuffs are ok. They provide traction and are inevitable with usual wear.” And if the scuffs become more than minimal?
“You can retain the vibrancy of Louboutin shoes with rubber sole protectors sold at many cobblers,” he says. They even come in red.
Storing Your Louboutins
Before storing, stuff the toebox of your Louboutins with tissue to help them keep their shape, then place them in dustbags away from light. “Each pair of Louboutin shoes comes with two dustbags,” explains Wetzbarger. “Only store one shoe per dustbag so they don’t scuff or transfer color.”