- Store your shoes in a cool and dry location. Fibers in damp shoes often deteriorate more quickly.
- Don’t keep your shoes in a plastic bag, such as the one they might come in when purchased. Shoes that are unable to breathe can sweat and ultimately decay and smell.
- It is recommended to use a shoe brush on suede-bottom shoes – it will keep them clean and help them maintain their texture.
- Use polish or silicon oil on patent shoes, such as ballroom shoes, to prevent the fabric from cracking and sticking.
- Clean the dirt off leather shoes, like jazz or tap shoes, using melamine foam.
- Don’t put canvas shoes in the dryer after washing, as this could cause them to shrink.
- Don’t ever wear your dance shoes outside the studio. Not only will they get dirty, but it can damage the soles. Most dance shoes don’t provide proper support for wearing as a street shoe, either.