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Shoe Care Guide

Posted on12-04-2023

At Brigdens, we are dedicated to improving our sustainable footprint, and with the correct care and maintenance your shoes will retain their excellent appearance and comfort for years to come.

Leather Care

Leather is a natural product so your shoes will benefit from the regular application of a good quality shoe cream or wax polish. This will help to moisturise the leather, keeping it supple and preventing drying or cracking. The wax polish will also provide some protection from staining and bring a shine to the uppers. Before polishing, make sure to wipe over your shoes with a dry cloth first to remove any surface dirt.

Calf leather in particular will readily absorb the pigment in shoe cream and wax polish, therefore care should be taken to select the appropriate colour match. Some people deliberately choose a darker polish to give the shoes a more ‘antique’ patina. Waxy leather uppers can be treated with an oiled leather wax or dubbin to retain the more matt appearance. This will also help provide a degree of water resistance.

Suede Care

Brush your shoes with a suede brush after every use. This will revive the nap and remove any excess surface dirt that may have accumulated. Always brush the nap in the same direction, this will keep the shoes looking clean and stop you from just brushing dirt around the shoe.

Spray all over with a suede protector. This can be used to protect your suede shoes against marks, stains, spillages, etc. Some modern suede leathers have protectors already tanned into them, but you won’t always know this until it’s too late, so it’s a good idea to spray them anyway. Take the manufacturer’s advice and test it on a small area first, as this will prevent you from ruining the colour. Do this regularly to keep the level of protection constant. 

Shoe Trees

It is a good idea to use shoe trees when the shoes are not in wear. These help the shoes to retain their shape. Our Loake wood shoe trees help to draw out moisture also impart a pleasant aroma.

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