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General Shoe Care

General Shoe Care

We are proud of our shoes and their high quality and we want them to be with you for a long time. That requires your effort since your shoes, unfortunately, don’t take care of themselves.

To keep your shoes in shape and for you to get the most out of them we kindly advise you to give them some love and attention. They will last longer and your investment will be more sustainable – both for your wallet and the planet.

Always use a shoe horn

If you damage the counter (the back of the shoe), the structure will be compromised and your shoe will no longer provide your foot with the necessary support. They'll also look really scruffy, which isn’t something anyone wants.

Use shoetrees

We know this doesn’t sound nice at all, but the leather and canvas soak up the perspiration from your feet. Using cedar wood shoetrees in your shoes will help to absorb moisture and maintain the shape of the shoe as they dry and it prevents the leather from cracking. It will also absorb odours, originating from the mentioned perspiration.

Brush off after wear

When you use your shoes outside it’s impossible to stay away from dust and dirt. The best and easiest way to keep your shoes fresh as long as possible is simply to brush the dirt off your shoes after wearing them using a soft shoe brush. This is as important for sneakers as for your dress shoes. Then your shoes will look nice for next time and old dirt will not stack upon.

Rotate your shoes

The best way to extend the life of your shoes is to rotate your shoes. Try to let your shoes rest at least 1 day after each wear. They will keep their shape better, and the leather won't crack. See it as an opportunity to add variety to your looks and/or to buy more nice shoes.

Add an outsole

Leather is a natural material that breathes, even through the sole (if the sole is made of leather, that is). If you plan to only wear your shoes in dry conditions and indoors, you don't need to add any outsole. But if you want to wear the shoes in outside throughout the seasons in damp conditions we highly recommend you to put on a rubber sole. When you buy a pair of shoes from us with a full leather outsole, we always send a half rubber sole in the box. Your nearest shoemaker will help you put it on.

If hard rain falls

You never know when the skies open up and the rain starts to fall. If your shoes get soaking wet (god forbid), pad the shoes dry from water and stuff the shoes with newspaper to soak up moisture. Let the shoes dry slowly at room temperature. Do not use a hair dryer on your shoes or leave them next to a radiator or other heat sources, as this might cause the leather to crack. When the shoes are dry again we recommend you to condition your shoes.