Here's how to expertly repair the damage this horrible winter did to your leather shoes


Leather Cleaning

Business Insider/Dennis Green

Look how much better the cleaned and oiled boot looks!

After a long winter of rock salt, dirt, ice, and snow, it's finally time to give your trusty boots a rest.


But before you bury them in the back of your closet, you should be sure they're ready the next time it gets snowy again - because, sadly, the ice and slush will return.

Proper care can dramatically increase the lifespan of your footwear. Well-made shoes can last decades, if cleaned and oiled regularly. This routine maintenance will also increase their effectiveness at repelling cold and water.

Though I used an old pair of boots, most leather shoes can benefit from this sort of treatment - even many styles of women's shoes.

Let me show you how.