Why should you be taking good care of your shoes? (II)
In our last post, we explained the importance of taking good care of your shoes to make them last, practically forever. We started by talking about appropriate storage solutions, the importance of correct cleaning and preventative care. Click here to take another look.
Today, we’ll be focusing on how to correctly treat and care for the most common materials used to make designer shoes. And we’ll be telling you what you need to build your own shoe care kit. Want to keep learning about O.SUR’s key tips and tricks? Keep reading!
To start with, build your own shoe care kit!
Taking good care of your shoes, especially when it comes to designer footwear made with natural and high-quality materials, requires special tools and products. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your own kit, like you would a sewing kit, but devoted to your footwear. What should it include?
- Leather cleaner
- Creams, polishes and conditioners: in the most common colours as well as a neutral colour for more unique tones.
- Different brushes for each colour.
- Rubber or nylon brush, soap, a soft sponge and suede cleaning solution.
- Two horsehair brushes: one for light colours and another for darks.
- Several soft cloths, flannel or cotton, for the final polish.
In line with our commitment to sustainable living and taking care of the planet, at O.SUR, we propose to only use environmentally-friendly products.
Cleaning and taking good care of leather shoes
The basics to cleaning leather shoes involve using a cloth like the ones we’ve described above, making sure it’s dry and completely clean. If the shoes have gotten wet, another cloth should be used to “dab” the damp patches until the liquid is fully absorbed.
Any stains or marks should be cleaned with a soft, slightly damp cloth, and left to dry naturally. Once dry, apply a conditioning cream to restore the leather’s natural appearance.
Rejuvenating leather: care should be constant
Both the tools and shoes to be clean and dry before you start this kind of care or treatment. Choose a cream that’s the same colour as the leather and apply it with a soft cloth or brush, and even use a paintbrush in the most delicate spots. Then, leave the shoes to dry overnight to condition the leather.
The next step is to apply a protective wax. This should be done with a cotton cloth or a brush, using a circular motion. Leave the shoes to dry naturally at room temperature. Finally, apply a polish using the horsehair brush.
What about patent leather?
To begin with, avoid wearing your patent leather shoes in the rain. If they get wet they may crack, which will make them look old and worn. You should always clean your shoes using a soft cloth and a delicate, quality soap solution with water.
If some cracks have already appeared, they should be treated with leather conditioner, while you should apply olive oil or petroleum jelly to the damaged areas with a clean cloth. This should be done very carefully and the shoes should be left to dry naturally at room temperature.
Cleaning and caring for suede, a very delicate material
Suede requires a different care routine to leather or patent leather: you can’t polish suede, but you can rejuvenate its colour, which may fade or mark. Our first piece of advice is to only wear your suede shoes on dry days, as rain and moisture can be very destructive.
Cleaning should be done using a clean sponge and soap. You should then brush your shoes with a special suede brush that will clean away any dust or lint, in addition to removing any dirt. We recommend using a suede conditioner to rejuvenate its colour, which you will be able to find in most shoe shops.
Finally: cleaning and caring for fabric shoes
Don’t get carried away: putting your shoes in the washing machine might end up destroying them! The best thing to do is apply a neutral soap with cold water, inside and out, with a cloth or soft brush. Go over them once again with a damp cloth and leave the shoes to dry naturally. This should be done very delicately and avoiding any areas made from leather, patent leather or suede.
What do you think of this guide to taking good care of your shoes? Don’t forget to check out the first half. Make the most of this time to organise your shoes and give them a new lease of life: they’ll be looking their best when we eventually get back outside!