Last updated on August 29th, 2023 at 08:07 pm

How to Prevent Shoe Creases? {4 Proven Methods!}

How to Prevent Shoe Creases?

Show enthusiasts know shoe maintenance is tricky! After some time, your shoe will develop creases, the folds or wrinkles that form on your shoe’s upper part around the toe area. So how can you prevent shoe creases?

You can prevent creases by: 

  1. Adopting a better walking manner and posture
  2. Getting the right fit
  3. Effective shoe storage
  4. And proper maintenance of the shoes.

Excessive pressure on your shoe due to your walking habits or the shoe quality causes creases. 

Your shoes repeatedly get bent with your feet as you walk, which develops pressure. Your shoe’s toe area has limited flexibility, so the pressure causes crease formation.

While shoe creases are part and parcel of being a shoe owner, you don’t have to settle for them. Fortunately, you can prevent and remove shoe creases. Let’s find out how!

The Causes of Shoe Creases

Shoe creases can form due to bending movement and the pressure build-up on your shoe, and an improper shoe fit contributes to this. 

Too-tight shoes will cause excessive pressure, while too-loose shoes allow for extra foot movement and contribute to creases. Always get the proper shoe fit to minimize creasing.

If you move your feet too much inside the shoe, you increase the chances of creasing. 

Avoid sliding forward or sideways too much in your shoes as they bend and flex your shoe material, leading to creasing.

While all shoes can crease to some extent, some shoes are more prone than others to creasing. Stiff or rigid shoe materials crease more due to their limited flexibility. 

Generally, leather shoes are very susceptible to creasing. Boots and synthetic or canvas sneakers also wrinkle quickly.

4 Proven Methods to Prevent Shoe Creases

Proper shoe maintenance, foot movement, and selection of the right fit can prevent creasing. Here’s what you must keep in mind to avoid shoe creases:

1. Choosing the Right Size

Get your proper shoe fit when buying shoes. Ill-fitting shoes cause creasing, hurt your feet, and cause physical discomfort. Measure your foot size regularly and buy your shoes accordingly.

Also, consider the toe box width when buying. A shoe’s toe box is generally less flexible and has many stress points, so you would want a spacious toe box to prevent creasing and allow for better toe movement. 

Ensure your shoe has proper arch support as it distributes weight evenly, ensuring one stress point does not bear the bulk pressure. Your shoe must also fit securely around the heel area.

Buy softer and more flexible shoes, as rigid shoes are more prone to creasing. If buying leather shoes, don’t compromise on quality; only use high-quality leather to reduce wrinkling.

2. Preparing Shoes Before Use

When you aren’t using your shoes, insert shoe trees in them to maintain their natural form. Not only will they minimize wrinkling, but they will also absorb moisture and odors and will keep your shoes fresh. 

If you have leather shoes, use leather conditioners frequently. They nourish the leather and make it more flexible, which reduces creasing. However, leather conditioners are usually specific to particular types of leather, so check the manufacturer’s instructions for the conditioner that would suit you the best. 

Allow new shoes to break in and adjust to your feet gradually. Wear them for short periods at the start and gradually increase their time. Doing so allows the shoe material to soften and adapt to your feet, reducing the chances of creasing. 

3. Store Your Shoes Carefully

Improper shoe storage can also cause creasing. Ensure your shoe rack has enough space, and never overcrowd your shoes. Overcrowding causes pressure on shoes, and they bend and crease. 

Use shoe bags or dust covers when storing your shoes. Dust and moisture can deform your boots. A deformed shoe will also not fit you, increasing the chances of creasing. Shoe bags and dust covers prevent this deformation and maintain your shoe condition.

Store your shoes away from sunlight in a cool and dry area. Heat and sunlight cause the leather to dry out and crack, reducing flexibility. A decreased flexibility results in more creasing. 

4. Wear Your Shoes With the Proper Technique

Shoe creases form due to improper wearing and posture habits, like moving your feet too much in your shoes. Take moderate steps to maintain a stable foot movement. Avoid scuffing your feet to reduce friction when in doubt; go with a natural stride, without excessive dragging or sliding of your feet but also without being too conscious about it.

Try to keep your weight centered and evenly distributed across the shoe, and avoid putting weight on only one area, such as the toe box. This can happen when you lean too forward or backward. 

It’s important to alternate between your shoes. Not only does this allow the shoes to air out and regain their shape, which reduces their creasing, but it also lets you show off your shoe collection! By alternating shoes, you also extend their lifespan. 

When alternating shoes, ensure your pair fits your activity. For example, choose sneakers for everyday activities, sports shoes for sports, and dress shoes for formal settings. You will quickly crease and ruin your dress shoes if you play soccer with them!

Final Thoughts

Shoe creases are the bane of the existence of many shoe enthusiasts — but they don’t have to be! 

They form due to excessive pressure on your shoe’s stress points due to both shoe factors like poor flexibility and human factors like bad posture. 

Follow these simple tips and tricks and save your shoes from creasing too much like I did!


Are All Leather Shoes Highly Susceptible to Creasing?

Generally, leather dress shoes like Oxfords and Loafers are very prone to creasing, as they have a rigid structure. Patent leather shoes also show less flexibility and easily crease.

However, not all leather shoes crease easily. Leather boots of durable and high-quality leather are less prone to creasing. Suede leather shoes also have a softer material and creaseless.

Is It Possible to Remove Creases After They Form?

Removing creases from your shoes is possible. You can remove shoe creases by heating them, either through an iron while using a buffer between the iron and shoe or by steaming and blow-drying them. While the iron method is popular, it is also the riskiest.

You can also remove creases without heating the shoe, such as by conditioning them with leather oil or conditioner. You can also start using a shoe tree regularly — it will take a lot of time, but the crease mark will slowly disappear!

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