Do you love to wear leather shoes? Well, everyone does. But the only problem is the creases in the leather shoes. It is pretty, normal. Just take a look at your palm and you’ll realize there are creases in it. Why? Cause it’s your skin and it has to be flexible and adapt to your movements.
The same goes for leather as it is also skin, it is bound to behave like one. Even if you buy the most expensive and best quality leather shoes out there, they will eventually crease. It is not just about quality. Creasing is in the nature of leather shoes.
But just like we can slow down the process of aging, we can also decrease the creases in the leather shoes. You just need to have some basic knowledge.
Tips On How to Get Creases Out of Leather Shoes without Iron
The most frequently used way to remove creases from leather shoes is the use of iron, but it can turn out to be pretty dangerous sometimes. So to be on the safer side, you can use alternatives.
The best thing to do is as soon as creases appear, you should deal with them immediately rather than postponing this task for weeks.
#1. Leather Oil:
As soon as you see a crease, take some leather oil and apply to it. Then massage it into the crease and stretch it out. It will soften the part and loosen the crease. It works very well because the crease is not yet that permanent.
#2. Sneaker Shield:
One of the interesting tools to remove creases is the sneaker shield, used for sneakers. It is made of plastic and has the shape of the front part of the shoe. All you need to do is insert it into the shoe. It will keep the shoe tight and firm, stretching the leather.
This stretch will remove the maximum of creases. You can even wear your shoes with a sneaker shield inserted in them. It is very comfortable and easy to wear.
You can also use the steam method. Take a towel and soak it in the water, then microwave it. Once the towel is hot, put it over the creased shoe and start rubbing. The steam from the towel will remove the creases. It is a very time-consuming process and, you need to repeat it 5 to 6 times to get your desired result.
#4. Heat Gun:
A heat gun can also be used to remove creases on the shoes. Stuff your shoe with socks or newspaper. Then cover the shoe with a wet towel. Keep the gun almost 6 inches far and apply heat. The steam will help remove the creases. Keep on applying the steam and rubbing the shoe, eventually, you’ll get a brand new shoe.
#5. Shoe Tree:
One of the main things to do to remove creases is that whenever you get home, put your shoe on a shoe tree and keep it there until you wear it for the next time. The shoe tree will keep the leather stretched and result in the removal of maximum creases.
How to Prevent Creases in Leather Shoes
We all are well aware that prevention is better than cure. Hence, the first thing you need to know is how to prevent creases in leather shoes. There are many ways to do so, for example:
#1. Leather Oil or Leather Conditioner
Products like leather oil or leather conditioner help you keep your shoes soft and supple and hence prevents permanent creasing when you bend or flex your foot. Reapply it every six months.
#2. Shoe Tree
Now many of you might not know what a shoe tree is. So, let me explain. It is a wooden device approximately the shape of the foot and is placed inside the shoe to maintain its shape. It is used to keep the leather taut.
There are two types of shoe trees. One is adjustable and the other remains fixed in its position. It is better to buy the adjustable one. why? The reason is that with help of it you can stretch your shoe as much as you want.
When you are not wearing your shoes, just place the shoe tree in them. It will stretch the shoes and reduce the risk of creasing and keep the geometry of your shoe intact.
#3. Shoe Horn
A shoehorn is a tool with a short handle used o slide your heel in a snug-fit shoe easily.
Now what happens is that whenever you try to wear a shoe, it sometimes gets stuck in the heel area. And all that flexing results in the development of creases. Shoehorn helps you easily slide your foot in without any struggle. Thus, preventing creases.
#4. Water Repellent
Do apply a water repellent to your shoe. As unnecessary water on the roads can increase the risk of creasing. But it is not like this that you are going to apply it on daily basis. Once a month is enough. And keep one thing in mind it will not make your shoes waterproof, so you need to keep them away from water.
#5. Dry your shoes
After two or three days let your shoes sit and dry because the moisture from your feet can settle in them and lead to new creases.
Apart from this try to stay away from water. Try your best not to wear leather shoes on a rainy day or don’t go into puddles wearing them. The more they stay away from water, the more they are safe.
#6. Using toe taps
Toe taps are nailed into the sole of the shoes. They help to prevent any kind of wear on the toe of the sole. And once the sole is damaged it is given that the upper surface of the shoe will be deformed and creased.
#7. Newspaper and socks
Before packing your shoes take some newspaper or roll some socks and stuff them in your shoes. This will help keep their shape. And in case of any kind of external pressure, they won’t be deformed or creased.
#8. Design of the shoes
The design of your shoe also plays a significant role. Mostly flat toe shoes are definitely not the best choice because they tend to crease easily. It is a better option to choose full-length or half-cup shoes. They look good for a very long period and, you won’t need to worry about creases.
These steps might help you to keep your shoes from creasing for a long time.
How to Keep Shoes from Creasing When Walking
Interesting right. You might think how is that even possible, because when you walk your shoes ultimately get creased, but nothing is impossible you can always sort things out.
#1. Walk properly
The way you walk has a great impact on shoe creasing. Try to maintain a straight posture whenever you walk because that will keep the geometry of your shoe intact. Walk without applying too much pressure on your toes. Try to walk as gently as possible.
#2. Right Size
I hope these key points will help you.
Moving further let’s talk about how to get creases out of leather shoes without an iron. Now there are many kinds of shoes. Let’s talk about them one by one.
How to Get Creases Out of Jordans
Jordan’s usually crease at the toe and ankle area. To get creases out of them, first of all, you need to remove the laces and stuff the shoes with a paper towel or newspaper to their full capacity. You can also use a shoe tree. In my opinion, the shoe tree is a better option as compared to the other two.
On the toe box place the damp towel and blow dry approximately from a distance of 3 to 6 inches. Once the shoe starts to get hot, rub the creases with the tree to get the original shape back. You can also conduct this without the towel, but it is safe to use it.
Once the creases are out, let the shoe dry, it would be better to keep the shoe tree until they are dry and ready to use.
How to Get Creases Out of the Suede Boots
You can easily steam creases out of your wonderful suede shoes. Just as described above, take the laces out. After that stuff the shoe with newspaper. Once done take a washcloth, note that it is supposed to be dry. Too much moisture for these shoes can be harmful.
Once you have placed the washcloth on the desired part take a steamer and move it across. Do take breaks to prevent too much heat and moisture which can harm the shoes.
At the end let your shoe dry on the shoe tree. It would be a great thing if you would leave it on the shoe tree till the next time you wear it.
A waterproof wax can also be used for suede shoes. Take some wax and work it into the shoe surface. It will keep them safe from the water and hence no creases. These kinds of waxes can be applied once every two to four months.
How to Get Creases Out of Leather Shoes
You can use the same blow-dry technique for dress shoes as well. It may darken the area so it is better to use this technique on dark-colored shoes. Apart from that, you can take the leather oil.
Massage it on the creased area. It will soften the shoe and also add the lost moisture back into the leather. Rub the area and probably most of the creases would be gone.
How to Get Creases Out of Patent Leather Shoes
You can use the above-mentioned ways, or you can use alcohol for this purpose. Applying alcohol softens the shoe surface. Take a bottle and add water and alcohol, in a one-to-one ratio.
Now spray the shoe with this concoction and rub it into the crease. In the end, put the shoe on a tree and let it stay there until you wear it next time.
Make sure not to use too much alcohol cause it might dry out the shoe which is not great. Too much dried-out shoe is an alternative to the ruined shoe.
Apart from this, you can also use shoe protection sprays on any kind of leather shoe as it is very helpful.
On the whole, creases are completely inevitable, but there are various ways to remove them or prevent them. Apart from all this, in my opinion, leather shoes are like wine, a few creases and some signs of aging are kind of honor to them but, an excess of it might not look good.
Now you know two or three things on how to get creases out of the leather shoes. Hence on a special or a regular day when you want to look well-formed from head to toe, you will not need to worry about your shoes looking ugly.