For leather shoes to maintain their condition, a rigorous cleaning regimen is required. Properly maintained leather shoes will have a long life and be wearable for years. The table below lists some of the essential shoe care tools required to care for a pair of leather shoes.Leather shoes should be brushed off after each use and then returned to the cedar shoe tree. When it is time to polish the shoes, the laces should be removed, then the shoes should be brushed off to remove any dust. After they have been brushed, shoes should be cleaned, left to dry on a cedar shoe tree, and then polished and conditioned. Be sure to follow the instructions for use on the selected shoe polish to avoid any residue being left behind. For a quick scuff cover up, the scuff can be colored in with a matching crayon. However, this is a temporary fix and not a long-term solution.