Caring for shoes can be fun and brings you closer to the craftsman who made them.
Here are some shoe care tips.
You will need to waterproof your shoes before wearing them:
The application of waterproofing products on leather and vegan shoes protects the materials that give both the shape of your shoe and the outer protection of the pair. Vegan shoes don't have natural protection, while leather does, but it's not waterproof.
If you are worried about the spray, test it first on a part of the leather that is not visible from the outside. Wait an hour for the time to dry, and if you are satisfied with the result, apply the product to the entire shoe.
Lambskin is very refined, supple and makes you feel really comfortable in your shoes. However, it is fragile leather and can be damaged if not cared for.
The best product to apply on this material is clear shoe polish to avoid stains. Before applying the product, make sure you have dusted the pair with a dry cloth. To avoid leaving traces on the pair, gently rub the leather in a circular motion. Avoid any type of product that could damage the finish.
If the pair of shoes fades with wear, you can treat them with a leather cream of the same color as your shoes.
Care for nubuck, suede and vegan shoes
Cleaning and care for suede and nubuck shoes are virtually identical.
Start by brushing off any dirt on the shoes, then, with a suede brush, gently sand the worn shiny areas on the surface of the shoe. This will help restore the grain of the suede. If you have stubborn stains, you can sand harder but this risks damaging part of the grain of the leather. You should always make sure to brush in the direction of the grain and you can finish with a soft shoe brush.
Note:Not everything can be repaired or varnished properly.
Removing blood, oil, beer and paint stains from suede and nubuck shoes is extremely difficult. If a stain is soaked into the leather, chances are you can't save your shoes. So be sure to protect your favorite pair by using a suede and nubuck protective spray every three months (especially during rainy weather).
Care for calfskin shoes
Make sure your shoes are properly cleaned with a brush or dry cloth before applying any shoe care products. All leathers dry out over time, so it's a good idea to take care of them from time to time.
We generally recommend a nourishing cream in the same color as your shoes, as they have a high pigment content and penetrate the leather well.
The cream will cover nicks and scuffs, and make your old shoes look like new again. Apply very little with an applicator brush or soft cloth and be sure to spread the product evenly all over the shoe. Allow the shoe to sit for at least 20 minutes before buffing with a soft brush or soft cloth.
If however you want your shoes to be more rigid, we recommend using colored or colorless wax.
Warning! If a product is applied in excess or on very dry leather, you can permanently change the original color. Moderation is key!
Storage of leather and vegan shoes
As important as cleaning your shoes, is storing your shoes because the durability of your pairs depends in part on how you store them. Time and dust can ruin their natural beauty.
In general, it is recommended not to store shoes in polythene bags or expose them to direct sunlight. It is rather advisable to keep them in a cool and dry place, never in a hot and humid place.
If you have a scraped heel or just want a change, we have two videos on our YouTube channel that show you how to renew your heels with a leather wrap or glitter..