Leather shoes are expensive, but the purchase pays off because of the long life, convenience and material. These advantages are due to the properties of the leather, but they are also highly dependent on the subsequent care of the shoes. Unfortunately, many people forget about it, and then wonder why beautiful leather shoes in one season have become unbearable.
Before you learn the secrets of leather footwear care, learn how to distinguish between the types of leather that is most commonly used in shoes.
- Natural leather is a skin of bull origin, the outer side of which is smooth (matte or glossy) due to special mechanical treatment and waxing;
- Lacquered leather – its surface is very shiny and subject to damage and temperature changes, so it is usually used for formal shoes;
- The nubuck is the result of a gentle grinding of the top of a smooth skin, resulting in a small cannon resembling a peach skin;
- Suede – has a clearer pile than nubuck and longer bristles.
How to clean leather shoes
Leather shoes should be systematically cleaned of dirt and dust. Shoes with smooth (polished and lacquered) leather should be wiped with a slightly moistened (but not wet) cloth, and dirty shoes should be removed with a shoe brush.
In the case of suede or nubuck shoes, use a special rubber brush to remove dirt and only in exceptional cases can you wipe with a damp cloth, because this type of skin does not like water. Suede leather and nubuck foam, such as Salton, can also be used, which is applied to shoes and then removed with a rubber brush after it has been absorbed.
Thanks to it, you can not only remove dirt, but also to update the color of your shoes.
Leather shoes and care
Unlike synthetic leather shoes, leather shoes also require impregnation and polishing.
Impregnation protects the skin from moisture, deep dirt and some salt penetration. For impregnation, use the appropriate product that is best purchased immediately when buying shoes. It is best to use it as a spray.
Shoes made of patent leather are not polished, but from time to time you should use a special lubricant.
1 Wet shoes should be dried at room temperature – it is not possible to speed up this process by putting the shoes on the battery or drying them with a hair dryer. Newspapers can be placed inside to prevent skin deformation.
2. After the end of the season, the shoes should be thoroughly cleaned, washed and filled with newspapers. Cardboard boxes or cloth bags are suitable for storing shoes and prevent dusting of shoes.
3. Do not wear the same shoes over and over again – change them to give them a rest and dryness from sweat.
4. Old favorite and damaged shoes can be repaired with special coloring balms.