The longevity of a pair of leather shoes is highly dependent on its proper care and maintenance. Here are some tips to take better care of your purchase.
CARING FOR YOUR LEATHER PRODUCTS
- Keep your shoes in a location far removed from any direct heat or sunlight which can damage leather, causing it to fade or become dry and cracked. Exposure to water, oil, makeup, and permanent dyes can stain tanned leathers.
- Leather is not weatherproof. Hence, if your shoe ever gets even slightly wet, put it out in the sun away from direct heat for at least a day to dry. If you’ve just stepped out of a shower, make sure your feet are fully dry before slipping on your shoes.
- Shoes should be conditioned and polished on a regular basis to keep the leather supple and well moisturized. Polish your shoes with shoe polish or a shoe cream at least thrice a week.A damp cloth may be used to take off the loose dirt. Dirt that is more fixed can be removed using the crepe rubber, which is provided along with the shoe. Use a soft brush to apply shoe polish/ cream evenly on the shoe. Let it dry for a couple of minutes. Then use a dry but harder brush as well as a dry cloth to bring out the shine.
- If it snows where you live, chances are that you’ve encountered the ugly white ridges that appear on your leather shoes caused by salt that is used to keep ice off of the street. Mix white vinegar and water, and dab on sparingly using a soft cloth to remove these unsightly marks. Then apply shoe polish.
- Avoid contact with heavy chemicals and other abrasive materials. Avoid using lacquers.
- Never put your shoes in a plastic bag or any other nonporous material, as this can contribute to the growth of mildew. Store your products in the dust bag provided to you when not in use.
- Shoe horns are always recommended as they help to preserve the back counter and overall structure of your shoe. Always use a shoehorn to slip your feet into the shoes as that prevents the back of the shoe from creasing. If the heel cap gets damaged, the outer material of the shoe can break or the cap can hurt your foot.
TIPS FOR SUEDE/ NUBUCK
- A good quality suede brush may be used to remove loose dirt but care should be taken as excessive use of brush can damage the nap. Scuffs and marks left by chunks of dirt or mud that wonâ€™t brush out can be removed by rubbing with a piece of crepe rubber. Water marks can be removed with the same brush.
- Never use cleaners or chemicals that are not made specifically for suede/ nubuck. Test a suede/ nubuck cleaner in an inconspicuous spot first. Clean in a gentle directional motion using a damp soft cloth. Let the shoe dry for a few moments. Bring up the nap with a dry soft brush. If you still feel the need, use good quality sprays meant especially for suede/ nubuck.
- Rubbing vigorously will wear out the nap.
- Dab the suede with a clean, soft cloth to remove any surface stains.
- Do not wet suede. If your suede shoes get wet, stuff them with newspaper while they dry to keep their shape. Allow damp spots to dry on their own.
TIPS FOR PATENT LEATHER
- Patent leather is made from real leather finished with a mixture of acrylic and polyurethane which gives a longer lasting, durable finish. Clean it using a dry cloth or soft and dry brush. Dirt adhering to patent can be easily removed with a damp cloth.
- With wear, patent leather may eventually lose its glossy finish.
- Patent will easily absorb ink or pigments so we advise that products are kept in their dust bag when not in use and avoid contact with dark or heavily printed materials.
- Care should be taken to avoid contact with alcohol or any type of solvent.
TIPS FOR DEERSKIN
- Deerskin leather is resilient with a luxurious finish. It is the softest leather known to man. Please avoid contact with sharp points or surfaces that may scrape and damage upper leather.
- Please be aware that any metallic finishing may wear off with time and use. Care should be taken to avoid contact with liquids containing alcohol or solvents.
- A damp cloth may be used to wipe away any loose dirt. A crepe rubber can be used to remove fixed dirt. Apply shoe polish or cream evenly with a brush or soft cloth. Let it dry for a few moments. Then brush with a dry cloth or brush to bring back its original finish.