It’s “How To’s Day” and today to we are giving a little love back to the shoes that give the most, TOMS! Summer is over, and if your favorite summer footwear were your TOMS, they probably look, and smell, like mine do. I did a little research and found out how to save our beloved shoes, so that they can last another season.
Some websites say you can put them in the washing machine on gentle, but with a leather insole I didn’t want to soak the entire shoe. So I broke the TOMS care into three parts: Fabric cleaning, Insole cleaning, and Mending holes. I hope this helps you get a little more wear out of the shoes you love!
Cleaning the fabric:
The TOMS website has this to say: “We highly recommend hand washing TOMS in cold water with a gentle detergent and let them air dry. We do NOT recommend putting TOMS in the dryer under any circumstances. Please note that fading can be expected (especially from sun exposure) and does not compromise the durability of the shoe.”
This tutorial we found on Shoedigest.com. This is what you will need:
This tutorial we found on ehow.com, and this is what you will need:
1) Dampen a washcloth with warm water and clean off the leather insole. This is to remove dust and dirt…be careful not to stretch out your shoe when you try to clean to toe area.
2) You can use a soft bristled toothbrush, or nail brush, but the toothbrush is much easier to use to get in the shoe without stretching it. Dip the toothbrush in leather cleaner, and scrub the sole of the shoe. (I used the leather seat cleaner out of our car wash stuff…as long as it’s non-greasing you should be fine.)
3) Let them air dry.
You just need a needle and thread:
1) I started on the top of the shoe, because it’s really hard to come up from underneath, and I didn’t want the knot of the string to bother my toe. Start on either far end and make sure that where the needle enters and exits the shoe is on the strong canvas and not the torn part.
2) Pull it through and start back again at the top, as close to the last stitch as possible.
3) Continue the length of the hole, and then make a small knot on the end and try to hide it in the stitching.