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The Shoe Care Guide

THE ULTIMATE LEATHER SHOECARE GUIDE
Leather shoes are like a brand-new car, treat them well and they will return the favour. Be they boots, trainers, sandals or slippers, your leather shoes demand that you look after them accordingly. Cleaning and conditioning are two easy steps, but ones that could lengthen the lifespan of your loafers by years. So, untie your laces, show your shoes some love and invest in the best in shoe care.

Possessing a pair of high-quality leather shoes is an ode to one’s style, taste, and commitment to wearing only the best and most comfortable footwear. However, despite its overall magnificent durability and design, leather footwear can suffer from wear and tear. That’s why you cannot afford to neglect your leather care.

We all know that the leather on your shoes needs to be regularly moisturised and hydrated. There are certainly other steps you can take to prolong the life of your Carl Scarpa footwear, like wearing them on alternating days or taking them to a cobbler for revitalisation, but the following easy steps will do the majority of the hard work

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HOW TO CLEAN AND CONDITION YOUR LEATHER SHOES

Your shoes are in constant contact with moisture. Dampened leather is more susceptible to stretching, scuffing, creasing, and staining. Wearing them on alternating days gives your Carl Scarpa shoes adequate time to dry, increasing the longevity of your footwear by a remarkable amount. 

You should wipe down your shoes after every wear - keep a shoe brush or microfiber cloth handy and give your shoes a quick clean after taking them off. This prevents unwanted dirt from sitting on the leather, ultimately preventing stubborn stains. 

POLISH OR NOT TO POLISH

After cleaning your shoes, conditioning is the next and most important step! Conditioning should be the foundation of your shoe care regime. Moisturising your leather shoes is an indespesable step - without moisturization, your leather shoes lose their shape and eventually appear dull as creases form. Worst case scenario, your shoes crack and flake which is ultimately irreparable! Luckily, at Carl Scarpa we supply Woly Perfect Gel Cleaner. Woly Perfect Gel is a clear, conditioning, cleaning gel - it effectively acts as a gentle cleaner for even the most delicate of leathers, bringing the leather back to it's former glory.

Carl Scarpa Leather Boots Shoe Care Guide AW23 - 551x426
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HOW TO PROTECT LEATHER SHOES

What are Shoe Trees?

Usually the most overlooked step. Leather is porous, so it absorbs moisture and odour, eventually causing it to break down. A shoe tree absorbs that moisture and odour while keeping the shoe’s proper shape to prevent creasing. You can extend the life of your shoes dramatically with just this single step alone.

 

Waterproofing Your Leather Shoes

There's always a risk of rain in the UK and Ireland, so protecting your leather shoes is essential! You'd be forgiven for thinking leather shoes once damp or dirty are a lost cause - luckily we have the perfect product. The Woly Shoe Protector Spray is a highly effective waterproofing spray for all smooth leathers, repeling snow, dirt and mud - ultimately preventing the build up of stains. Ideally, you would want to undertake this step when your shoes are still new and not yet exposed to dirt and grime. If your shoes have been used already and you would like to waterproof them, please make sure that you have given them a thorough clean first. 

GENERAL SHOECARE TIPS

Always Use a Shoehorn! 

A shoehorn will aid in maintaining the shape of your shoe and the structure of the heel. A shoehorn helps to keep your shoes looking and feeling new much longer. If your shoes are a bit small on your feet and you have a hard time getting them on, a shoehorn is the perfect solution. It will help you slide into your shoe with ease.

What is a Suede Brush and How to Use One

A Suede Brush features a rubber and brass wired burffing brush, with a wooden handle and is ideal for cleaning all items of suede. Simply brush over your suede shoes or suefe handbag to loosen and remove dirt trapped in the suede fibres. Brushing in multiple directions can help restore the overall lustre.

Gel Cushions Save Lives Feet!

Feeling the burn? Shoestring party shoes should be a staple in any woman's handbag. The gel cushions work by cushioning the ball of the foot, aborbing impact and relieving pressure on the balls of your feet caused from prolonged wear of high heeled shoes. They're resuable, practically invisible and washable!.

 

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