Footwear Aftercare

How to Care for your shoes

Leather is a natural product so your shoes will benefit from regular application of a good quality shoe cream or wax polish.  This will help to moisturise the leather, keeping it supple and preventing drying or cracking.  The wax polish will also provide some protection from staining and bring a shine to the uppers.  Before polishing, make sure to wipe over your shoes with a dry cloth first to remove any surface dirt.

Try to avoid using unsuitable liquid polish applicators on leather uppers as these can potentially damage the surface of the leather and often create a lacquer which is hard to remove.

Suede and Nubuck uppers can be treated using a ‘Suede Protector’ spray.  A rubber suede brush can help to lift any dirt and debris, however, stubborn stains may necessitate treatment with a suede shampoo.

Leather shoes can often take a day to dry out fully whether from rain or natural perspiration.  Where possible allow a day between wears and alternate with other shoes.  Using wooden shoe trees in your shoes will help to absorb moisture and maintain the shape of the shoe as they dry out.

A shoe horn can help to prevent damage to the heels, counter and top line.


How to Care for Leather Soles

Leather soles will expand when wet.  In the event that your leather soles do become very wet, ensure that they are allowed to dry out slowly and naturally, away from direct heat (i.e away from radiators).

While this guide will help prolong the life of the leather soles on your shoes, your shoes will eventually need to be re-soled.  This may be sooner rather than later, depending on the conditions in which you wear your leather-soled shoes.

Avoid Moisture and Rough Ground

Inclement weather and surface texture can chew through leather soles at an alarming rate.  If you are attending an outdoor event and you know the weather is going to be damp, be advised that your leather-soled shoes will suffer.

Leather soles that have been glued may come away from the upper when wet.  Once dry, use a shoe-specific glue to re adhere the soles.