The Polar Vortex ate my shoes
January 10, 2014 4:50 PM Subscribe
Please help me save my beloved boots from what may be some serious salt damage!
posted by AthenaPolias to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I went to Chicago for a conference this weekend, fully prepared to be inside 99% of the time and outside only for getting into and out of cabs maybe four times, tops. Instead I got stuck in Chicago for three extra days, owing to the bad roads, and I ended up walking outside quite a lot in my dressy-ish black leather knee-high boots, which were the only shoes I'd brought that could even begin to stand up to the weather. Despite having treated the boots with a waterproofing spray before leaving, I could not keep up with the extreme amount of salt that covered my poor, faithful boots. I washed the salt off as best as I could every time I came indoors, though it seemed to be a losing proposition. Now that I'm home, and not only is the weather milder but I also have access to appropriate footwear (*sob*), the leather on said pair of boots is puckered all the way around the soles. Is there any saving these shoes? If so, is there something I can do myself, or should I take them to a ... cobbler? Dry cleaner? etc?