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Shoe Care

When purchasing leather shoes or boots, it’s important to keep in mind that they require a lot more care compared to footwear manufactured using synthetic materials. However, it is equally important to note that the effort of caring for leather footwear is compensated for by incomparable comfort as well as durability. Therefore, it certainly pays off to invest some time and resources in maintaining the natural qualities of leather and enjoy the use of your footwear for as long as possible.

In order to help you get the most out of your leather shoes or boots, we have prepared a few tips that will help you keep their aesthetic and practical qualities for as long as possible.

  1. Weatherproof or polish new shoes before first wear.
  2. Always untie your laces when putting on or removing your footwear to prevent damage to the heel counters.
  3. Tie the laces when wearing your shoes to avoid rubbing the heel counters.
  4. Avoid letting moisture soak through your shoes. If this happens, keep them at room temperature. Remove laces, insert shoe trees or paper and leave the shoes until they have dried completely. Do not use a hairdryer, radiators, stoves, sunlight etc.
  5. Remember to frequently apply polish to your footwear and never apply product over dirt.

It is also important to remember that one of the main properties of leather is that it is a natural material. Since it is not artificially manufactured, slight colour and structure variations are possible.

Below you will find the kinds of leather we use to create our footwear:

  1. Smooth leathers

 

Top grain leather

The main feature of top grain leather is the smooth surface of the specially-treated top layer. Top grain leather can have a glossy or matte finish. This type of leather is very durable and can serve the user well for a long time with correct care. It is worth mentioning that it is also relatively easy to care for.

 

Care instructions:

Before you polish the shoe, ensure all dirt and dust has been removed and use warm water to remove the old layer of polish. Cleaning should be carried out using a damp cloth or brush.

In addition, you may choose to use a shoe shampoo which conditions the leather in addition to cleaning it. Once your footwear has been cleaned and dried, clear or matching polish should be applied evenly to the surface. When the layer of polish is dry, you may wish to buff the shoe with a clean dry cloth or soft brush.

 

  1. Rough leathers

 

Nubuck and suede leather

Nubuck or suede  leathers are leathers that do not have a smooth top grain. Their surface is covered in soft, thick, velvety fibres that vary in length from shorter (nubuck) to longer (velour, suede). The fibres’ direction can be easily rearranged by brushing the surface with your hand. Nubuck has a texture that feels like peach skin to the touch, while suede may be better compared to a soft toy. These leathers are absorptive, breathable and very hygienic.

 

Care instructions:

Rough leather footwear requires frequent cleaning and careful maintenance.
The cleaning process should begin with removing dirt using a special rubber brush, followed by a nylon and copper brush. To remove heavy soiling or stains, you may use the Coccine brand of shoe shampoo which is effective in removing dirt without damaging the leather.

 

For protection from dust, dirt and sand which tend to cling to this type of leather, as well as to account for its water permeability, it is recommended that they are regularly proofed using ANTIACQUA or other proofing sprays.

 

Polishes or creams should not be used with this type of footwear.

 

  1. Patent leather

 

Patent leather is a type of leather that is specially sealed using several layers of coating to give it an especially glossy finish.

 

Care instructions:

Use a soft, slightly moist cloth to clean patent leather.

In the course of its use, the shine of patent leather will dull. To remedy this, special products may be used to make it glossier.

 

  1. Corrected grain leathers

This is a type of semi matte or glossy finish leather where the grain surface has been buffed and a decorative pattern added. This type of leather is resistant to soiling and damage.

 

Care instructions:

Before you polish the shoe, ensure all dirt and dust has been removed and use warm water to remove the old layer of polish. Cleaning should be carried out using a damp cloth or brush.

In addition, you may choose to use a shoe shampoo which conditions the leather in addition to cleaning it. Once your footwear has been cleaned and dried, clear or matching polish should be applied evenly to the surface. When the layer of polish is dry, you may buff the shoe with a clean dry cloth or soft brush.