Leather shoes make a great style statement. You can wear them with anything poised or cultured or pair them with anything hip or trendy. Leather shoes are as relevant to be worn to high-end club parties as they are for formal affairs. They are all-pervasive as a footgear and play a prominent role across cultures, occasions, and trends.
Leather shoes are more like a part of life to many and accompany them wherever they go. Quite actually every woman or man has one pair of leather shoes in their shoe rack any time.
Something that is so important to your lifestyle and defines your identity, deserves to be shown upon some love and care. Isn’t it?
Doing that you can always follow these practices to make them feel young, beautiful, and loved!
- Pick the right care products
Know your materials before you begin caring for them. The type of leather used in the making of your shoes will influence the care products you get. For instance, suede leather, patent leather and embossed leather require different care treatments and leather cleaners compared to lamb leather.
It takes the right selection of shoe care range to take the best care of your leather footwear. With inferior quality shoe care products, it may affect the lifespan of your leather. So be careful! There are plenty of shoe care products out in the market, but it is important to get your shoe care products from recommended sources. The reason is that you have shoes made with different materials like full-grain leather, suede, nubuck, and waxed leather. There’s a lot of difference in the way you keep these shoes in the best of their shape and shine.
- Store your shoes properly
To keep your shoes protected against getting wearied and battered, you should keep them away from the direct contact of sunlight, water, dust, and damp places. It seems to be an obvious thing but is mostly overlooked and ignored when it comes to actual practice.
Due to its nature and the finish used on leather, it is possible that dye can transfer onto the leather shoes causing irreversible damage. Therefore, keep your shoes in the shoe bags especially those in lighter shades like our Rose Sand, Light Grey and Nude. This will prevent contact with darker coloured materials, shield them from dust and dirt and hence, lengthen the lifespan of the leather.
Apart from that, you should also ensure that you have proper storage area with enough space so that your shoes can retain its shape. Avoid stacking your leather shoes on top of other shoes or cramped up with other coloured shoes.
Our final tip on proper shoe storage is to keep your leather shoes together with their silica gel to work against bacteria and foul smell that may surround them as they are stowed for a long period. This will get them all the resting protection they need. Also remember to air dry your shoes for at least a day or two before storing them as it usually takes some time to completely dry out (be it due to rain, cleaning products or sweat).
- Alternate your wear
We know how much you love that perfect pair of shoes especially when it is seasoned, but as much as possible, rotate your shoes every two to three days. Just like skin, alternating your wear will allow the shoes to air out hence preventing them from getting musty and stinky. By doing so, you are also able to reduce the possibility of developing any “white bloom” on your sock lining.
- Good cleaning habit
Leather is skin. And just like your skin – it needs protection and care. So, show love to your shoes regularly.
A general rule of thumb - moisturise your leather when you feel that the leather is getting dry. This will give it a high shine finish, maintain its luxe appearance, and prolong its lifespan.
For your lambskin leather (from the Bow and Huggy Collection), we recommend dabbing a small amount of leather balm, oil or conditioning cream every 4 to 6 months to treat the leather and keep it supple. Always remember to conduct the patch/spot test before you begin the moisturising process. That is, apply the balm or cream on a small amount on a discreet area of your shoes and look out for any discolouration on the leather. Proceed only if there is no adverse reaction on the leather. Also, lambskin is really soft and with this softness comes a level of fragility. It is prone to scratches and stains, and so, whenever possible, avoid scraping against hard/rough surfaces.
As for the suede shoes (from the Snake & Leather Collection), brushing is necessary. Use only a soft suede brush to avoid damaging the leather. It is best to not use any leather product with suede. If suede gets wet, just air dry them like normal leather.
Regardless the type of leather, avoid using normal polish or detergents to clean leather. A wet wipe or a soft cloth is great to use to clean your leather but without excessive wiping.
- Repair and restore when needed
Your shoes will get exposed to excessive heat, dampening, and harsh abrasions. This makes them retarded and lose their form gradually. The soles are the most affected part and may need expert care. The best way to do this is by taking them to a cobbler who knows how to keep them from getting weak, spongy, cranky. Cobblers can get the sole replaced on treated to give them the much-needed replacements and fixes.
If your shoes get affected by excessive heating or dampening, leaving it unrepaired for a long time can get them damaged soon. With expert care, you can get it restored to prolong its lifespan.
These are the essential shoe-keeping practices that you need to follow to let your leather footgear retain its mint condition. You can also bring in your own hacks and techniques, maybe something homegrown or something easier for you to grab, to be in this regime of saving your shoes from tough times. But no matter what other hacks that you may have, remember to always do a spot test first!