Do you take time to polish your shoes?
My father taught me to polish my shoes when I was very young. As a kid I wore corrective orthopedic shoes. They were leather and very expensive so it was important that I take really good care of them. They were also extremely UGLY. I hated those shoes with a passion but that's a whole other story.
I find polishing my shoes kind of cathartic. There is something said for taking good care of the things we own. My shoes are no exception. I try to invest in the highest quality shoes I can afford so I want to take care of them so I last.
Just as with those ugly orthopedic shoes I try to avoid mud and puddles. If I do get them wet I get them dry as quickly as possible, wipe off any mud as soon as I can and keep them polished so they always look nice. Polishing does other things as well. It conditions the leather and helps it to last longer while putting on a nice protective barrier. Plus I happen to love the smell of shoe polish.
I have always used KIWI shoe polish. That's what my dad uses and so do I. With a soft cloth I smooth on just enough to lightly coat the surface of the shoe. Then I do the other one. By the time I've finished the second shoe the first one it ready to be buffed. With the soft cloth I buff the show and the matte finish becomes shiny, the leather is soft and renewed. Then I buff the other one and my shoes look new again.
It takes very little time but the effort sure pays off in a big way.