If you wear a shoe that is too tight
Before you use your shoes, make sure it’s the correct size for you, if the shoe that is too tight you might get blisters or the shape of the shoe will change. In worst case the seams will crack.
Keep the fit
Remember to always untie or unzip your shoes and use a shoehorn before you slip into it.
Use a shoe tree. But remember that they are made in standard shapes and can harm the original shape of your shoes. Make sure they fit your shoes before use.
If you don’t have a shoe tree you can rip out a few pages from a newspaper, roll them into a ball and stuff them in your shoes. It will absorb the moisture and help keep your shoes shape
Treat your shoes
Clean your shoes regularly. Use an old toothbrush to brush the welt. If needed, wash the shoes with leather soap, but be gentle when you wet them. Normally it’s enough with a moist cloth. When the shoes are clean and dry it’s time to treat the leather with cream.
Use a natural non-pigmented grease or cream with beeswax. The cream has to get deep into the leather. Do this occasionally. Shoe cream with pigment are the right choice if you have old shoes that you want to look brand new. It’s importan tthough that you find the right tone of pigment. Apply a thin layer and let it dry for a couple of minutes and brush up the shoe with a brush or a cloth. For extra shine use a nylon shine cloth.
If it’s a leather sole you have to take extra care, don’t walk around in water and wet snow. Our shoes are not waterproof and will get wet so use your best judgment.
In Scandinavia there’s a nuisance called road salt that are put on the streets to avoid the snow and water to freeze during winter. This salt will harm your shoes if you don’t take extra care. To prevent this you should always protect your shoes with stain and water resistant spray. It keeps water away from absorbing into the leathers and prevents the leathers to get stains.
If salt stains may have developed on your shoes use fresh water with a twist of lemon and press this slowly into the stain with a sponge or cloth. Use another dry sponge or cloth and press this on the wet stains and drain out the water. You can also use a special substance for salt stains which is sold by your local shoe repair.
When the stain is gone always dry the shoes in room temperature and not close to any heat source. When it’s dry treat with shoe cream or shoe balm (or water) and stain resistant spray. If the salt stains is not removed directly it will be permanent.
If you are serious - Double up
Leather shoes last best if they’re rested a day or two between wearing. So make sure that you don’t have to wear the same pair every day. Leather retains moisture from your feet, which will eventually cause it to dry and crack if you don’t give them a chance to air out. Rotating them will help keep them looking better for a longer period.
Suede is the most fragile material they say so pay attention. Cleaning suede is difficult but easiest made with a suede brush. Brush off dirt but don’t brush hard. To remove a stain use a suede gum made of natural rubber and rub off the stain gently. When the suede is clean use a suede spray or stain and water resistant spray.
Nubuck is like suede a sensitive material. Here you can use a suede brush to clean your shoes. Use a spray for suede or Nubuck to make the shoes water-repellent.
This is the most ecological leather available and the tanning is processed with vegetal products. Since it’s natural it’s also unprotected to sun and water and will tone darker after time and use. Do not leave the shoes made from this leather in direct sunlight for a long time.
Some leather has been processed with oil. This makes the leather greasy and has a water-repellent function. It also makes the leather smooth but will evaporate after time and use so use a good quality saddle oil to regain the original look.
Some leather has been processed with wax. This has a water-repellent function. It will evaporate after time, and just like leathers treated with oil, it also work well with a good quality saddle oil to regain the original look.
Look over your shoes from time to time and visit your local shoe repair for a quick advise or service.
Do this at home to make your shoes look good and feel better
Leather is a natural material with a natural grease that will vaporize after time and use – Therefore its essential to grease the leather no matter if it’s outsole, upper, lining, laces or foot bed.
Follow these tips from us on how you should take care of your shoes for a long time relationship.