You may have many questions about your upcoming mission trip, but one certainty is that you'll be spending a lot of time walking. Make sure you can go the distance by taking the proper men's missionary clothing, including quality footwear.
Here are a few tips making sure you get the most from your investment.
How to Care for Your Shoes
- Quality insoles — Your shoe's insoles may wear out sooner than the rest of your shoe, so it's critical to replace them when they begin to show signs of wear or bacterial issues. Insoles provide the extra cushioning you'll need to stay the course on long days, reducing fatigue and protecting your foot from blisters and infection. Proper insoles can also protect your legs from unnecessary fatigue and muscle strain.
- Laces — Most of us don't pay a lot of attention to our shoelaces, but they're an essential part of your missionary wardrobe. To keep yours from breaking, unlace your shoes before taking them off at the end of the day. Kicking off your laced-up shoes not only puts undue strain on your laces, but it can eventually breakdown the construction of your shoes. Instead, unlace each time and use a shoe horn to ease your foot into your shoes gently. Also, plan to take several extra sets of laces with you on your trip.
- Socks — You'll miss out on the benefits of quality shoes if your socks aren't up to par. Choose socks appropriate for the climate, take extra pairs, and wash them inside out to increase their useful life.
Tips for Extending the Life of Your Shoes
In addition to the suggestions above, there are a few more general tips that you might consider.
- Treat shoes with waterproofing spray
- Alternate pairs between wearings to give each pair time to dry out
- Polish as needed for shine
- Clean the insides when necessary
- Store properly