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Love what you buy - take care of what you have
Give your shoes the best conditions for a long and happy life with regularly maintenance. Well cared shoes last longer and look great – and it may not take as long time as you think!
By daily use we recommend a care routine every 14th day, depending on weather conditions and use.
Shoe care depends on the material:
Shoes in smooth leather
We recommend that shoes in smooth leather is treated with protector spray 2-3 times before use.
If you use the shoes every day, you should treat them with protector spray every 14 days – especially boots. Stains on the leather can be removed with a moist cloth or cleaned with combi cleaner.
To refresh the color and moisturize the skin, use shoe cream. For black shoes we recommend black shoe creme, while leather in other colors can be maintained with matching color or a neutral shoe cream.
If it needs to go fast, you can use a shoeshine sponge for a quick refresh. Shoeshine and combi cleaner cannot replace shoe care with shoe creme.
You can also use leather grease, but since leather grease and shoe cream do not mix well, you should choose either or. However, the leather can become a bit darker once it has been greased with leather grease and you do not need to use protector spray, as the leather grease gives a protective membrane around the leather.
Shoes in suede and nubuck
We recommend that shoes in suede or nubuck is treated with protector spray 2-3 times before use.
If you use the shoes every day, you should furthermore treat them with protector spray every 14 days – especially boots. Do not wipe suede or nubuck with a damp cloth, instead, let the shoe dry and brush away the dirt with a shoe brush – if it is not enough you can use a combi cleaner which cleans in depth and removes most contaminated stains. Then use velours liquid and/or protector spray.
Clean suede and nubuck with suede velours liquid to refresh the color and moisturize the material. Carefully apply the liquid with the sponge on top of the bottle. Use suede velours liquid when the shoes need a color refreshing - eg. the tip of the shoe which is often more exposed.
Vegan shoes made from PIÑATEX®- fibers
Piñatex is a natural material that can have small variations in structure and color.
To maintain your PIÑATEX® shoes, we recommend a combi care that both protect and nourishes the shoes.
Shoes in lack/patent leather
Lack shoes can’t withstand protector spray.
Lack shoes are easy to maintain. You can use a damp cloth to remove dirt and stains. If extra cleaning is required, you can use a lack liquid to clean and maintain the shoe. Furthermore, the lack liquid gives the shoes a nice shine. Lack liquid is without color and can be used on all colors.
You should be aware that if you get a scratch on the surface, you cannot repair / polish the lack - as you often can on a regular leather surface.
Natural crepe rubber sole
Crepe rubber is a natural material that can respond to both heat and cold. Therefore, you should not leave shoes with crepe rubber soles directly in the sun on a summer day - as the sole can melt in extreme heat and become deform.
A crepe rubber sole can become hard and crystallize over time. This can be solved by placing the shoe on a medium heat radiator under supervision for approx. 30-60 minutes, or until they are soft and flexible again.
If the crepe rubber sole gets sticky, it can be repaired by a shoemaker. The shoemaker can remove a thin layer of the crepe rubber sole and then apply talc.
Healhty shoes and feet
Feet moist differently. Especially winter boots with wool lining and sandals can get very varm inside and the sole moist.
Therefore, you should give your favorite shoes a few days off occasionally, allowing them to dry completely. It gives less odor and a better climate for your feet.
Out of season storage
As the season changes and before the shoes are packed away, you should give them a cleaning and maintenance. Then you can look forward to unpacking a beautiful shoe next season.
Clean the shoes according to the material, described above, and clean the soles as well. When the shoes are dry, they can be packed in a shoe box. A shoe box offers a dry climate and is the best place to store shoes and ensures that the shoe is not squeezed or becomes dusty.
The shoes should optimally be stored at room temperature.