Women’s shoes and sandals both rise to dizzying heights and or hug the pavement in 2013, while men can choose from among a variety of styles, from dressy to very casual. Edgy styles include variations on gladiator sandals and boots in a rainbow of colors and a riot of different genres. Animal prints are wildly popular, from canvas tennis shoes to simple flats that focus all attention on the pattern, keeping the design of the shoe simple. Men on the prowl to define their footwear style for 2013 will find some blasts from the past, like classic deck shoes, wingtips, and brown on brown saddle shoes. Stylish mixed material footwear is easy to care for when using these effective treatments and conditioners, allowing you to put your best foot forward everyday.
Although the calendar may say spring has come, in northern climes a glance out the window may still reveal more than a few stubborn snow banks and some persistent sleet. As you slipped and shivered through the snow and ice season your boots and shoes literally walked through the muddy, cold, wet mess. The irony of water damage is the soaking actually dries out the leather, so look carefully for signs of cracking or flaking. In some cases, the salt may be gone and the leather softened and supple, but the harm meted out by the winter’s precipitation may include badly faded coloration or even stained or discolored areas.