Just a quick one today gentlemen.
It is important to know how to correctly care for your shoes to keep them looking their best. Most people take the quick and easy way out by using instant shoe colours rather than wax based polish. While these products are quick and easy, in the long run they are not good for your shoes.
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Leather uppers require a quality wax polish which will protect the surface and will also give that great looking high shine finish. Kiwi is a great brand we trust and readily available in Australia. Ensure that the shoes are completely dry before polishing with your chosen product as moisture can affect results. Regular treatment will prolong the life of your shoes, we recommend once every two to three months at a minimum.
Leather soles unfortunately expand when wet, so when new best to avoid wet conditions as this could damage the soles beyond repair. If the soles do come in contact with moisture ensure that they are thoroughly dried away from direct sun light before wearing again. Do not dry the shoes next to a heater as this can cause the leather to blister and warp the shape of the shoe.
There is no need to use coloured polish on patent leather. All you will require is a leather cream, the same that you would use for other leather products such as a messenger bag.
Suede should be treated with a protector spray before the first wear to protect the fibers from both water and dirt. If they do require cleaning after wearing you should use a rubber suede brush to remove any dirt. Stubborn dirt or stains can be treated with a suede shampoo.
Finally and most importantly, protect your new shoes with a waterproofing spray before the first wear to ensure lasting quality and ease of maintaining their appearance. This can be reapplied after waxing or shampooing your shoes to further protect them and extend their life.
We hope these tips keep you and your shoes looking your gentlemanly best.
The ar-czyk team.