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Good quality leather shoes can last a lifetime if treated with the right care and attention. Remember leather is skin, so needs to be cleaned and nourished regularly to prevent cracks and blemishes. Aim to clean and polish your shoes every two weeks to keep them looking at their best.
Our Cobbler-in-Chief always sets aside an hour at the weekend to work on his shoes and finds it quite meditative. It's a calm moment before the working week begins again.
Always sets a polish that suits your shoes, ideally one that is slightly lighter then the leather so that it won't darken the tone. Or use a clear polish if it's hard to match. Follow our step by step process for leather shoes below.
1. Remove the laces from the shoes.
2. Insert a pair of shoe trees. This will serve as a good base to work on.
3. Clean off any dirt with a damp cloth or gentle make up removing wipe.
4. Apply polish to an old toothbrush and work into the edges of the shoe next to the welt.
5. Apply polish to an applicator brush and work into the waist of the sole.
6. Apply the polish to the upper.
7. Leave the polish to soak into the leather for at least 2 hours. Ideally leave overnight.
8. Bring up the shine by using a natural horsehair brush over the upper. The aim is to build up friction, so brush vigorously.
9. For the final stage, grab a pair of tights (we recommend a high dernier), pull them tight and buff to bring up the shine.
10. Replace the laces.
11. Stand back and admire your work.
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