What a beautiful thing snow is. Those soft white crystals fall from the sky, silently forming a blanket atop the earth. To this day I still marvel at the sight of it. But with the fall of snow, comes the addition of salt.
And, while I very much appreciate the salt’s ability to save us from taking a dangerous spill with every step… I’m not so fond of what it does to my footwear. Salt can actually cause leather to dry out and crack, making it easily susceptible to picking up elements that will ultimately cause destruction.
A lovely addition to the beautiful Bao Ankle Boot, haha.
I actually thought I was at the point of acceptance of those unsightly white marks left all over the toes of my boots… but then I realized I didn’t have to be. There’s a quick fix for removing salt stains from leather shoes, and it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
1 cup cold water
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Small glass and spoon for mixing
Small cotton towel
You’ve probably already figured this out for yourself, but…
- Combine the water and vinegar, and mix well.
- Dip the towel into the mixture, and wipe gently over the surface of your shoe. Continue this until the stains have fully disappeared.
- Let the shoes dry naturally. Using artificial heat could cause the leather to fade.
As good as new! This is so easy that I actually cleaned the boots that were on my feet as I was taking the photos of the pair you see above. I can’t wait to fix all of my boots. Ah! If you have any additional tips, please share below. :)