It's easy to let the winter freeze get you down, but, when it comes to fashion, there's no better time of the year. And, no, we're not joking with you right now, guys!
When else could you wear all of your favorite clothes, all at once, all of the time? Not only does winter give you an opportunity to layer up, but it also gives you a perfect excuse to splash out on a whole new wardrobe of warm threads.
So, why not start from the bottom-up? We've put together a guide to winter-proofing your feet and lacing up in style.
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Protect Yo' Leathers
Why spend all that money on a shit-hot pair of leather boots only to let them get mashed? Paul Lister of Cherry Blossom, the last remaining shoe polish manufactured in the UK, shows us how to avoid this.
Remove any laces to allow clear access to the tongue. Insert a wooden shoetree to keep the shape and also to provide a firm surface to aid effective cleaning.
Remove dust and dirt from the surface using a fresh cloth and clean out the welts of the shoes.
Apply the polish in the appropriate color (Cherry Blossom have 40 different shades) using small circular motions and covering the entire surface area.
Leave the polish to dry for 15 to 20 minutes for best results. With a clean, dry shoe brush, vigorously buff leather to a shine.
For an ultra-pristine sheen, buff again using a quality shoe polishing cloth to ensure a high gloss finish.
Polish naturally provides some protection, however, you can complete the process using a spray protector to beat rain and everyday booze stains.
New Leather can be a little stiff. Applying shoe polish will maintain the suppleness of the leather helping to prevent cracking in the main flex areas.