Additional Craft Information:
The Swedish clogs belong to the 70's era of fashion and seem to have made a comeback with most supermodels like Kate Moss and supermodel Gigi Hadid adorning them. Moreover, clogs have been rated as the best shoes to improve posture. This makes clogs one of the must-have footwear styles for all.
DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
The best and the original Swedish clogs are made up of leather uppers and wooden soles. Both the materials are said to be environment-friendly and have a long span of life with care and maintenance.
Here are a few tried and tested methods to increase the durability of clogs: –
Brushing off the dirt: After taking off the shoes for the day, one must make it a habit to clean the clogs. Storing clogs without cleaning them can cause the stains to become permanent. Excess dirt should be wiped off the leather uppers with the help of a cloth to prevent caking of leather. One can use a wet cloth or soft foam for tough stains. For any scratch marks on the wooden bottoms, one can simply rub fine-quality sandpaper to make the surface smooth.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
Breaking in the new shoes: Be it any footwear, the comfort level is very important for walking. Since clogs are made up of wood, it becomes all the more important to break them in before wearing them all day long. The easiest way to do so is by wearing thick socks underneath the clogs and walking around the house for an hour or two. The comfort level of the shoes will definitely increase.
Protecting them from water: There is a high chance of damaging wooden clogs if worn during rains. The leather will end up with water stains and the wooden sole might get spoilt too.
However, if by chance the clogs get wet, the safest way to dry them is by keeping them in normal temperature in the room itself. Exposure to sunlight for drying can crack the wooden heels and stain the leather uppers.
Keeping olive oil handy: Incase the soles of the shoes are made up of natural wood, simply rubbing olive oil on the soles can help in preventing damage. Olive oil naturally resists dirt and water stains.
Preventing wood from chipping off: Natural, unvarnished wood has greater chances of chipping off with use. This will spoil the shoes as the soles become uneven. Hence, one must be extra careful while walking on rough surfaces.