- Remove any dirt or mud with a soft shoe brush. Gently rub the brush all over the shoe to remove the dirt. If you rub too hard, it can damage your shoes.
- Take the shoelaces out. Clean the shoelaces with a damp cloth and mild soap (They can also be put in a mesh bag and into the washing machine).
- Use a damp cloth to wipe the shoes. Run a cloth under a tap and squeeze out all excess water. Add a small amount (few drops) of mild soap or leather cleaner to the cloth. Rub the cloth GENTLY over the smooth leather parts of your shoes.
- Rub the shoes again to remove soap. Wipe the shoes with a clean soap-free cloth to remove anything left behind from the previous time.
- Allow the shoes to AIR DRY. Let your shoes dry naturally without any heat from a radiator, heater or hairdryer. Direct heat will cause leather shoes to deform and crack.
- Once dry, moisturise your shoes. Water and soap will strip moisture from your shoes which can make them harden and dry. Shoe conditioner or shoe cream will care for your shoes by adding moisturise, making them softer and looking fresh.
PRO TIPS: It is recommended to remove dirt and mud daily with a brush. Baby wipes are ideal at cleaning dirt. Distilled white vinegar will clean salt stains from your shoes.
Leather is breathable and flexible like your skin. Similar to your skin, cold weather and water can cause the leather to dry and harden. Leather shoes need the same care you give your skin to make them last a long time and look good and fresh.
Shoe conditioner is best at moisturising leather to stop your shoes from drying out. So, it will prevent your shoes from getting cracks and will keep the leather flexible for softer shoes you will have for longer.
Shoe cream will moisture your shoes like conditioner, so your shoes will be healthier and softer. It will also add a layer to your shoes which will polish and add colour.
It is very easy for us to get scratches and scuffs on our shoes from something as simple walking. Those marks can be removed with use a wax-based polish. The polish will cover scratches/scuffs and protect the leather. It will also give a high shine finish to your shoes (but will not care/moisturise them).
As leather is a natural material, drying leather shoes unnaturally can be damaging. Always let your shoes dry naturally, so never direct heat (radiator or hairdryer) as it will cause them to shrivel up and lose their flexibility and appearance. Allow them to air dry without any sunlight.
Oil and grease can be the worst things for leather, but talcum powder can help cover it. The talcum powder will help by trying to absorb the oil.
- Apply the powder to the shoes. It is best to treat stains as quick as possible, similar to clothing.
- Let it do its job for a few hours. An absorbent powder such as talc will absorb the oil or grease from the leather.
- Carefully remove the powder with a soft shoe brush. Be sure to rub the brush gently, as to not cause any damage to your shoes.