Whether it is a pair of Statuettes, Doric's, Dales, etc, our artisans carefully create them with care so they can reach you in perfect condition.
If you maintain them every few months with good shoe brushes, cloth, and polish creams, your shoes will have a longer life.
Here are some tips so you will be able to enjoy them for years and years!
HOW TO CLEAN THEM
+ Plain Leather:
- Remove any dirt and dust by brushing the leather with a horsehair brush or damp cloth.
- Polish and nourish them by applying a thin layer of leather balm and once it’s dry (approximately 10-15 minutes), gently brush to keep the finish of the leather.
+ Calf Leather: No products needed! Simply rub a damp cloth to remove dirt.
+ Patent leather: Use a damp cloth with a little soapy water and carefully wipe away any dust.
- Remove any dirt and dust by brushing it with a suede brush (make sure they are dry). Do not brush it back and forth, do it in the direction of the fabric’s grain to avoid damaging it.
- Use an eraser for stubborn marks.
+ Metallic leather: Clean your metallic leather with a soft damp cloth. To add luster and maintain the finish, buff with leather cream and a soft clean cloth. Use gentle strokes when cleaning and buffing as metallic leather is prone to scuffs and abrasion.
+ Nubuck: Nubuck cloths are the best option to remove dirt and shiny spots. Wipe in several directions using circular motions and make sure you cover the entire nap area. Suedes and Nubucks can be protected prior to wearing with a water repellent protector.
+ Satin: Use a soft bristle brush or dry cloth, brush away any dust or dirt. If you do not do this, you risk rubbing the dirt into the fabric when you begin cleaning. Dampen a cloth with cold water and blot any stains. If water isn’t enough to remove the stains on your shoes, try squirting a small amount of hand washing liquid onto your damp cloth. Rub the cloth to produce a lather and dab any stains with the soapy cloth. Immediately rinse the shoe by patting with a clean cloth and cold water to remove any soap residue. Use a hand towel or a hairdryer (at the lowest level) to dab the shoes dry. Do not rub the fabric as this could cause water streaks, similarly air-drying could result in watermarks.
+ Fabric: Remove dirt with a soft shoe brush or washing up sponge. Wipe the shoes with a damp cloth with a bit of soap and let them dry.
+ Rubber Soles: Clean the dirt with a dampened cloth and carefully soak the sole in a mixture of water and dishwashing soap. Make sure you don’t soak the upper part! Use a toothbrush with the mixture to scrub your soles. Once it’s done, dry the sneakers using a cloth.
HOW TO DRY YOUR SHOES
If you do not want to end up with misshapen shoes, let them dry naturally (with satin you can apply softly the hairdryer on the lowest heat). To speed up the process, stuff them with tissue or newspaper, it will absorb the moisture. Check them in an hour, and if necessary, remove the paper and replace it with fresh, dry pieces.
The process of caring starts before even wearing your shoes for the first time. Use a protective spray, which you can then reapply every once in a while, depending on the frequency of use. A waterproof spray will create a protective layer and prevent stains from penetrating the fabric.
HOW TO STORE YOUR SHOES
Make sure your shoes are clean, otherwise you will find it really hard to get the dirt out. Keep them in a dry area and inside their boxes or bags to avoid any dust (it can leave grey marks especially on suede). Since suede and leather materials need to breathe, do not pack those shoes in plastic.
To keep your shoes even more protected, stuff the toe end with balled paper (not a newspaper, it can color stain your shoes).
If your laces require cleaning, remove from shoes and hand wash in a small container using laundry detergent and warm water.
The better you look after your shoes, the longer they will last!