Ready to pick up a cool new-to-you pair of boots or shoes from your local Goodwill NCW store? Before taking them out on their first stroll around the block, check out these 3 helpful tips to make your shoes shine. They’ll be sure to look brand new!

Shoes are made out of two main materials: leather and canvas. Although there are different approaches to cleaning shoes, the most common is with a damp cloth and some soap or detergent. It’s simple, yet effective.

Browse our wide selection of boots starting at $7.99. When you find your perfect pair, here are tips for sprucing up the leather:

  1. Gently clean using -a dry brush with a medium bristle-.
  2. Fill a container with warm water, add a little dish soap, scrub, then rinse.
  3. Let the boots air dry.

Optional: Finish the process with a leather conditioner to protect and prolong the life of your boots.

Canvas shoes are a great go-to for everyday wear. Check out the options available in our stores, starting at $5.99, then brighten up your new canvas shoes using these tips:

  1. Fill a gallon bucket with warm water and add a mild detergent of your choice. Make sure to do a spot test on an inconspicuous area of the shoe to avoid discoloration.
  2. Soak the canvas shoe in the solution for about 30 minutes.
  3. Scrub the whole shoe, then rinse.
  4. Let air dry.

Bonus: Are suede shoes more your style? We can help with those, too! Use suede shoe dye for a great way to give them new life.

  1. Follow the directions on the suede shoe dye bottle.
  2. More than one application may be necessary. Make sure to allow drying time between applications.
  3. To keep your refreshed suede shoes looking great, apply a shoe waterproofing product.

Voila! You have great looking new-to-you shoes that are ready to show off!