Shoe care

High quality handmade shoes need and deserve a little care.

Shoe Care
  • The lifespan of your handmade bespoke shoes depends very much on how you treat them. Don't forget, they are made of top quality leather, a natural product and are subjected to the elements, every time you wear them. Treat them right and they will reward you with 10 years or more of service with an ever more beautiful leather patina developing....

  • Do not wear the same pair every day, day in and day out. They are subjected to moisture and the leather needs time to dry. We recommend a shoe to be worn one day and then left to rest for 2 days for accumulated moisture to evaporate.

  • Avoid wearing your brand-new shoes during very wet weather when you have just received them since the sole will compress during the first few times your wear the shoes and become more waterproof. In general, if you live in a very wet area with above average rainfall, we do recommend to order our option of a protective rubber sole which is glued onto the full leather sole and reduces wear as well as aiding in waterproofing the shoes. It does also help if you use a "sole oil" available from any well stocked cobbler twice a year to waterproof the soles.

  • While your shoes are enjoying their well-deserved rest, pleasure them with a good quality "shoe-tree" to retain their shape. Do not use any of those supposedly up-market and expensive "waxed" or glossy ones, because they will not absorb any moisture or allow air to circulate. Untreated "Cedar wood" is best

  • Do not keep your shoes near a heater/radiator or in a humid basement. In the first case, the leather will harden and crack and in the second, mould will find your shoes to be a comfy home.....

  • In case your shoes got really soaked - you stepped into a deep pothole alongside the High Street - there is no need to panic, simply stuff them with some old newspaper and give them a few days to dry. Than a good polish and they'll be as good as new...

  • If you are fortunate enough to live in a city where there are professional "shoe-shine" services available, this point will not concern you. However, if not, please stay away from those "just apply and your shoes will shine" products. They contain "silicon" which is really bad for the leather. Use a traditional shoe wax in a tin can. Apply and let set overnight. They next morning a good polish and your shoes will love you ...

  • Gentlemen, even when you are in a hurry, undo your laces if you are wearing a lace-up shoe and always use a "shoehorn" also known as a "shoe-spooner" when putting on your shoes or loafers. Turning and twisting to get in will destroy the heel-cap of your beautiful shoes.....

  • The sole of your shoes is what the tire is for your car. It will eventually need replacing. Please, we beg you; do not take your hand-stitched, bespoke shoes to one of those "minute" shops in the shopping mall! Either take them to a competent cobbler who can re-stitch the shoes or send them in to our service and we will do it. It might take a little longer, but they will be as new when you get them back....

  • If you take care of your bespoke shoes & boots, your shoes & boots will take care of you