Your new shoes are made with love and therefore we hope you will take very good care of them! Please find all our collected care & use tips below so you will always have the right shoe care at hand.
# 1. Cycling in heels
We probably all do it, but it’s far from ideal. Once on the bike, it may be a habit to place your pedal firmly in the space behind your heel. However, this can eventually damage the heel or even “strip” the lining. Therefore, always keep the balls of your feet on the pedal while cycling, or carry your heels in a bag and change shoes when you’ve reached your destination.
# 2. Walking on an uneven surface
Everyone who wears heels is familiar with this problem… Whether you’re walking on cobblestones, gravel, or grass, it’s quite a challenge to walk gracefully, and especially challenging not to damage your pretty heels. Avoiding such “obstacles” as much as possible, especially in stiletto heels, will minimize damaged or “stripped” heels. If attended to on time, such damages can be fixed! The shoemaker / repair shop will smoothen the leather, retouch the color, and add a protective coating. If necessary, the entire lining of the heel can be renewed.
# 3. Replacing the heel cap on time
The heel always has a protective plastic cap to prevent damage to the stiletto heel or block heel while walking. This cap wears due to usage. We would like to stress the importance of replacing in a timely manner! It’s better to replace the cap sooner rather than later to maintain the beauty of your heels.
Leather is a sensitive material. Compare it to your own skin; without proper care, the skin becomes too dry and wrinkles appear. Therefore, it’s important to maintain your shoes properly. Please read the maintenance tips below.
# 1. Protecting nappa leather, chamois leather, and calfskin
An absolute must: protect your new shoes before wearing them. A water-repellent spray nourishes the leather, and also makes your shoes water- and dirt-resistant. It’s sufficient to protect your shoes after wearing them every 8 times. The shoemaker / repair shop sells a water-repellent spray, both for smooth leather and chamois leather/suede.
# 2. Nourishing with shoe gel
By properly nourishing your shoes, you prevent the leather from drying out. We can’t stress enough how important it is to nourish the leather. A shoe gel ensures that the pores stay open, which allows the leather to breathe. In this way, the leather remains supple and soft. When wearing shoes regularly, we advise you to nourish them every two weeks. Shoe gel is available for both nappa leather and calfskin and chamois leather/suede.
# 3. Polishing nappa leather and calfskin
Time for an overhaul? Choose the right shoe cream. It is unlikely that the color of the cream exactly matches your shoes. Therefore, we advise that you use a natural shoe cream in order to maintain the original color as long as possible. Shoe cream repairs the color, is water-repellant, and adds a luster to your shoes.
First remove the remnants of dust and mud. Using a cloth, subsequently apply the shoe cream in a rotating movement. Let the shoes dry 1 to 2 hours, brush them firmly with a spread brush, and finally rub your shoes with a soft cloth or old T-shirt until they shine. Voilà!
# 4. Chamois leather maintenance
Chamois leather is a soft leather, but less strong and durable than the others. Chamois leather is classy and deserves to be cared for properly since it is very sensitive to water and dirt. Maintenance and protection for this type of leather is very important. Stains can be removed with a suede brush that is suitable for both suede and chamois leather. After removing the stains, protect the shoes with a spray.