HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SHOES
We want you to enjoy your shoes for years to come and we only stock the very finest European and Australian designers.
As such, it is important for you to know how to care for them!
Leather is a natural material and as such it requires nourishment to maintain its appearance and durability. Without adequate nourishment, leather can dry out and become stiff and even crack.
Always use products that are made for delicate leathers when caring for your fine leather items, and be aware that care products made for outdoor/hiking shoes or garments can often be too harsh and strip away colour and natural oils of fine leather. The best products are water based (not solvent based) and penetrate into the leather rather than just sitting on top of the surface.
A light leather conditioner acts as a moisturizer and should be used every few weeks for regularly worn shoes. This can be applied with a soft white cloth and buffed off with the same. We recommend ‘Collonil 1909 Leather Cream’.
A soft white pencil eraser can be used to remove surface arks and a gentle leather soap to address more stubborn problems . Leather can be professionally cleaned for difficult or delicate areas.
Suede is a leather that has been cut and brushed, resulting in a soft pile, with a matte finish and therefore it requires similar care and attention to smooth leather. Because of its porous nature, sueded requires protection to shield against other liquids seeping into the base leather . THis can easily be achieved by using a protector spray every 4-5 wears. A water based spray that penetrates the suede will ensure a deep coverage, and will not alter the colour as some solvent based sprays can do. We recommend ‘Collonil Waterstop Leather Shoe Protector’.
Suede should not be stored in direct sunlight for long periods of time as the colour (particularly red and blue) will fade more readily than smooth leather, however it can also be ‘dyed’ very successfully to renew the colour if necessary.
PATENT & METALLIC LEATHER
Patent leathers and metallic leathers are made by applying a clear film and metallic foil film respectively, over a leather base. These specialty leathers can easily be nourished by applying Vaseline to Patent Leather and a conditioner to Metallic Leather, with a fine cloth and then rubbing off any excess. These treatments will not penetrate very far into the leather, but will invigorate the shiny finish. Take care not to puncture these types of leathers as the damage is usually permanent.
Obsession shoes are often made with a ‘stacked’ leather heel, or finished with a leather.
Leather soles will wear well if they are allowed to dry naturally at room temperature when wet. They should never be dried over a heat source, as this can cause stiffness, curvature and potential cracking. ‘Shoe-Tree’ devices are a great way to maintain the shape of the shoe and sole, whilst allowing them to air out when not being worn.
If you cannot afford natural drying time between wet weather wears we suggest you employ an experienced cobbler to apply a ‘topy’ sole – always request that a fine sole be used so as not to disrupt the profile and balance of the shoe. It is to be expected that the rubber heel plates will wear down and be replaced before the stacked section of the heel is reached.
When travelling we recommend you use your breathable cotton travel bags provided to store shoes, rather than plastic bags which can trap heat and affect the leather. Travel Friendly, non-aerosol protector spray and conditioner cream can be used to ensure you maintain the condition of your shoes whilst away from home.
HEEL GRIPS/ HALF INSOLES
Heel grips are an excellent way to customize the fit of our shoes for wearers with narrow heels and they are particularly helpful with open throat shoes such as ballet flats and court shoes. Half insoles reduce the fit of a shoe by approximately a 1/4 size and offer more size flexibility for wearers who find their feet swell during warm weather by enabling them to remove the insoles to accommodate this.