Leather sandals come on different styles and they are comfortable to wear all summer long, but the only inconvenient they have is when the sole catches a grimed build-up, leaving some dirty toe imprints on it.
Last year I’ve purchased a pair of ancient Greek sandals when I was on a trip to Athens, made of smooth leather. What can I say? My feet were trilled to wear them. But after a few wearings I wasn’t so proud wearing them anymore, because the inside leather sole looked like it was attacked by mud, and my feet sole was imprinted on the leather sole of my sandals. Gross! I was embarrassed taking them out of my feet!
But any type of leather sandals, besides being comfortable has its own flaws, and these flaws can be easily removed with some tricks I’ve learned in a hiking trip from a mountain rescuer.
So, if you want to remove those ugly toe prints from your favorite pair of leather sandals, you can easily follow the next steps:
Proceed with the cleaning method:
Plain and simple! Apply the carpet cleaner on the toe and heel stains, and then start rubbing it gently using an old toothbrush. From time to time, dab the area with paper towels to remove the dirt. Proceed with the rubbing, until the stains are removed. You can test this by dabbing with paper towels: if the paper towel turns black it means that you have to continue rubbing the soles because it still has dirt particles.
The last step is to rinse the carpet cleaner using a damped sponge. Don’t forget to rinse the sponge frequently. Allow the sandals to dry outside in fresh air.
Of course, you can replace the carpet cleaner with a special leather solution. You can purchase that from a specialized leather store.