Carting a pair of well-textured and fitted shoes is half the job done. But again, it's only half the job done. So, what completes the process of having the perfect pair? Well, investing in shoe essentials, which help increase its longevity. Run a close eye through our list to make smarter shoe investments from now on...

shape of your shoes

1) Invest in shoe trees: If you've been sitting there and wondering what these probably are, you're at the perfect spot. Ask any shoe expert, and they'll vouch by the essence of these handy wooden inserts. Basically put, shoe trees help in maintaining the shape of your shoes, wicks out extra moisture and, also help in drying out the shoes from its insides, thus preventing the occurrence of foul and embarrassing shoe odor.

wax has a uniform texture and softness

2) Don't skimp on polish: When it comes to zeroing in on shoe polish, don't think about saving up a couple of bucks by trading for its quality. With a glut of variants in the market, it's probably easy to get swayed by cheap polishes. So, what makes the cut? Options like Carnauba or beeswax are best recommended. Ensure the wax has a uniform texture and softness to it.

shoe laces to give your shoes an instant face lift

3) Spare laces to the rescue: Now, this comes as a no-brainer. It's always recommended to alternate between shoe laces to give your shoes an instant face lift! Sporting laces in eclectic hues is in vogue, and instantly ups your appeal.

Spritzing a suede spray prevents mud, moisture, water and salt from damaging your shoe's texture

4) Say yes to suede spray: If you're ready to splurge on a premium suede footwear, also be mindful of the importance of maintaining the quality of the material. Spritzing a suede spray prevents mud, moisture, water and salt from damaging your shoe's texture. Going an extra mile and buying a fine pair of suede eraser and brush will also help keep stains at bay.

rubber sole of new shoes protection against damage

5) 'Rub' it in: Always place a rubber sole on the bottom of your new dress shoes for protection against damage and added traction. This also extends the longevity of your shoes, as it's any day pocket-friendlier to replace rubber soles than leather.