While most shoes have a lifespan of about five years when cared for properly, here are a few tricks and tips to stretch out the lifespan of your favourite pairs for as long as possible.

1. Stock up on Magic Eraser cleaning sponges.
These miraculous little scrubbers aren’t just for brightening your white walls – they’re also a saviour for stains on coloured shoes. The trick is to use the eraser as soon as you see the stain. The longer you let it sit in, the harder it will be to get off. And for the sneakerheads out there, the eraser works wonders on white kicks.

2. Put your shoes back in their boxes. Every night.
If you care about your shoes — like really, really care — keep their respective boxes and place them inside after each wear. Think of your shoes’ boxes as their beds. Stuff the toes with the tissue they came with (that’s like their teddy bear). Do not allow them to touch each other — they need their space. What’s that, you say? You don’t have the time? You don’t have the space? Ignore your shoes, then — but don’t expect them to look nearly as nice as they could.

3. Get soled.
If you’re investing in a pair of shoes, you want them to last. Putting a new sole on the shoe is a great way to make sure they do — and it’s much cheaper than replacing your pumps every year or two. Cobblers will usually charge $20 to $50 for a basic rubber sole.

4. Stock up on markers (or get a dye job).
That old Sharpie trick — where you colour in scuffed black patent leather pumps — actually works. So don’t stop with a black Sharpie. Furniture markers, like these work like a charm, too. And if all else fails, find a leather shop and give them a dye job. You know how you feel bulletproof when you leave the salon with a fresh hue? Your shoes deserve that too.

5. Fix problems immediately.

Like a wound, treat all problems as soon as you can. Stains deepen, breaks widen, soles become irreparably uneven, so acting fast is key.