Correct care of natural leather will ensure that your new dress shoe, boot or leather sneakers last for decades.
After purchasing your brand new natural leather shoes, you’ll need to carry out certain tasks to make sure that you get the most life out of them. A well maintained pair of quality natural leather shoes should last for years, but this life span does require some nurturing attention.
Step 1: Remove any dirty bits
The first step in caring of natural leather shoes is to keep them free of dirt.
Wipe off any excess dirt with a soft, dry cloth. This can be any soft material such as cotton. Do not use any material that is abrasive.
If the leather has a finish, like our Flor Blackiblue Oxford shoes, use a damp cloth alongside a gentle soap to clean the surface.
Do not use washing up liquid as the chemicals can damage the finish.
After scrubbing it down, wipe off any excess moisture and allow them to air dry.
Step 1.1: Cleaning Suede Shoes
If your shoe is made of suede, carefully use a suede brush to remove dirt.
If greasy stains are present, blot a little talcum powder onto the stain and leave overnight. Gently brush the stain in the morning.
Suede shoes can be damaged if you wear them in greasy areas, so avoid rainy days during ownership.
In order to get the most life out of a pair of leather shoes or boots, all natural leather must be protected with polish.
Start by using a wax-based polish and work it into the shoe.
Take your time here; the more effort you put in, the more protection the shoe will have and therefore the longer it will last.
Make sure to cover the whole shoe. It is worth the effort.
After a thorough polish, apply a leather conditioner to the shoe (this can also be used for suede pairs, and is a great way to provide additional protection).
Wipe off any excess.
And, done! Be sure to repeat this process monthly or as necessary (for when you have a dirty day at the office).
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