Properly Care for your leather shoes
By Maria uses always high quality of leather to produce its shoes. Nevertheless, you should take into consideration that it is a natural material and can changes the color as well as can get marks-lines which are normal in the use of genuine leather. As it is a skin, it will stretch under pressure and reform. To a certain extent it will shape to your foot. This is reduced the more seams there are. So a full brogue will adapt much less than a whole-cut.
Our leather shoes should last for years, in any of its forms, but these should also be cared for accordingly. Proper leather shoes treatment not only makes your shoes look good, but it also preserves the natural material, adding to their life. In order to maintain the supple appearance of your leather goods, you must keep them clean, conditioned, polished, and weatherproofed.
Essential Products for leather shoes care
Most of the products used for proper leather shoe treatment can easily found. Make sure to buy products made for smooth leather, as opposed to those used on suede or nubuck. If this makes you nervous that you might mess something up, you can contact us contact[at]bymaria.ch.
For a shoe-care session, you will need the following items:
- Soft cotton cloth or chamois
- Soft shoe brush
- Smooth leather shoe cleaner
- Leather conditioner for smooth leather shoes
- Shoe polish or an alternative
- Leather protectant or waterproofing product
Cleaning Smooth Leather Shoes
Lay out your newspaper, wear gloves, and work in a well-ventilated space. These precautions are essential, as many shoe care products could contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to both humans and furniture.
First, remove any dirt by cleaning your shoes with leather cleaner made specifically for smooth leather (saddle soap works well). Next, remove the dirt from the surface of your shoes using your soft bristle brush and paying special attention to the cracks and crevices.
After the initial cleaning, let your shoes dry before shining them with your chamois or cloth (old t-shirts work great, too).
Conditioning Leather Shoes
Conditioning your leather shoes softens and moisturizes the membrane, protecting it from drying out and cracking. To do this, first select a conditioner made for smooth leather shoes. (Note: Natural conditioners absorb straight into the material and are a better choice than synthetic conditioners that sit on top of the shoe’s surface.) Rub a small amount of conditioner onto the shoe until the entire shoe is covered. Wait a few minutes, and then wipe any remaining conditioner off of the shoes. The leather will absorb only what it needs to for proper hydration.
Polishing Leather Shoes with Traditional Shoe Polish
We want to recommend you opt for shoe polish cream for ease of application, availability of colors, and a longer wear.
First, select the appropriate color of polish for your shoes. Apply the polish to a small, inconspicuous area of the shoe to test and match it. Rub the polish into the shoe with a soft cloth and allow it to dry thoroughly. After the polish is dry, shine your shoes by buffing them with a soft cloth or brush made specifically for shoe shining.
Protecting Your Leather Shoes
Weatherproofing your leather shoes will protect them from water and other elements that can break down the natural material and shorten the life of your shoes. Different weatherproofing products serve different purposes, so choose wisely.
If you actually care about the appearance of the shoe or boot, a spray protectant should do the trick without altering the finish. This type of weatherproofing product is virtually invisible and provides a breathable barrier against mild to moderate wet conditions and dirt.
Additional Tips for Leather Shoe Care
- If your shoes have layers of polish buildup, use a pre-cleaner before starting your leather shoe treatment.
- Don’t try to change the color of your shoes with a shoe polish. Consult a shoe repair shop for a dye job, if a different shoe color is desired.
- Remove shoelaces before beginning your leather shoe treatment. Laces can be laundered separately or replaced.
- Condition new leather shoes, even before you wear them. This will ensure the best protection from the start and will save you time on future cleanings.
* Note: The instructions above are meant for products made of smooth leather only. For suede or nubuck shoes or boots, please consult your local shoe repair shop or search online for directions.