We’ve arrived… the Autumn season has arrived. Early morning mists with low golden sunrises are met with evenings drawing in as the day ends. It is the time of year that we take care of ‘stuff’, sweep the fallen leaves and begin the hibernation process for our gardens (for those north of the equator)!
Winter shoe care is important, but first you have to tend to those summer beaters that you are gripping so tightly onto. Let them go, unlined loafers were not made for the rain and snow! Now is the time to give your shoes a once over and a twice over if you have time… and if you happen to have opened a bottle of red to enjoy the process, maybe a thrice over!
TENDING TO THE SUMMER BEATERS!
Firstly, let’s tend to the outgoing summer beaters: If suede, give them a good brush with a relatively stiff brush in a motion as if to ‘sweep’ the suede in the same direction, ideally from toe to heel. This will remove dust and dirt, preparing it for cleaning and protecting.
If you find you have stains or marks on the suede from summer BBQs, they might need some care and attention using a suede cleaner such as Omni'Nettoyant. Use sparingly, wipe off any excess and leave to dry naturally following application.
Next, use suede specific brush which will help to draw out stubborn dust and bring the nap back to life. Use a rubber suede brush as opposed to the suede brushes that have wire in the centre. We find these to be too harsh on the suede, rubber is far gentler. Now that the nap is stood tall, you might find that a few loose fibres are standing out from the crowd. To remove these carefully use a naked flame to burn them away. Make sure not to hold the flame in the same place for too long, otherwise you risk burning the suede. Please see our shoe care hack videos for a guide on safely flaming suede!
To revitalise and bring back the colour of the suede hover your shoes, in a back and forth motion, through the steam of a steaming kettle. Steam cleans and revives the suede by adding moisture back into the leather. Give them another brush in preparation for the final stage.
Finally, use a renovator spray, containing colour pigments in the formula that protects, rejuvenates and recolours the material, the results are quite incredible. Spray from a distance of 20-30cm and leave to dry naturally.
PROTECTING THE INCOMING AUTUMN FOOTWEAR
All shoes leave or factory in Northampton ready to wear, but leather always benefits from added care and attention. Whether it be scotch grain or wax calf, if you use a shoe cream and polish before your first outing, they will be thankful in the long-term. They are your trusted boots remember and you are about to punish them for weeks on end.
If you have already worn your shoes or boots, clean them by brushing all over with a stiff(ish) brush and a damp cotton cloth. This will remove any contaminants from the surface and prepare it for renovating and polishing, hopefully both!
When dry, use our Renovator Cream sparingly (you do not need much). Much the same as moisturising your skin, this concoction of waxes and oils feeds the leather and reduces its chance of drying out and cracking. The constant dampening and drying of leather is a recipe for disaster and if not cared for at least once a month will result in slow degradation.
After buffing the renovator off with a brush, next up is our Pommadier Shoe Cream. Simply put, this product is remarkable and can be used regularly with relative ease. It is a half way house between the renovator cream and a hard wax polish. Shoe cream with nourish the leather whilst the high concentration of waxes and colour pigmentation protects and brings the leather back to life. Again, use sparingly, covering the entire area and leave to dry whilst you work on the other foot, after 5 minutes, buff off with the softest brush in the collection, our horse hair buffing brush. You can stop here if you have run out of wine…
If not… and you are in the mood, next up is our slightly harder wax, Pâte De Luxe shoe polish. This firmer polish will add a layer of wax to the surface of the leather, protecting it from the elements whilst adding to the natural patina of your footwear. With its transparent properties, colour pigments are absorbed into the leather as the wax builds up through each application, adding to the depth of colour that one can create over time. TIP: Buff between layers with a chamois leather if you have one to hand!