December 11th, 2018
Shoe Care Guide
With the correct care and maintenance your Loake shoes will retain their excellent appearance and comfort for years to come. Here are some tips we have drawn up to advise customers on how best to look after their shoes.
Leather is a natural product so your shoes will benefit from 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.
Fine leather shoes can require a full day to dry out from natural perspiration. Try to alternate your shoes to give them at least twenty-four hours between wears. This is a good excuse to make sure you have several pairs of Loake shoes in your wardrobe!
Try to wear your shoes in dry conditions on the first few occasions. The fine grit picked up by dry leather soles assists water resistance and will help increase the lifespan of the sole.
Try to avoid excessive wetting. Should this occur always let the shoes dry out naturally away from sources of direct heat. Excess heat can cause sole or upper leather to crack. Newspaper stuffed inside the shoes will help to draw out moisture.
Always use a shoe horn when putting on your shoes, to keep the backs strong and sturdy.
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 cedar wood shoe trees help to draw out moisture also impart a pleasant aroma.
We do not recommend attaching additional rubber pieces to our Goodyear Welted soles, as these can affect the comfort and balance of the shoe. They can also put unnecessary strain on the shoe construction.
Goodyear Welted shoes are designed to be repairable. We recommend that the shoes are repaired as soon as the outer sole shows signs of wearing through to the cork lining. Irrepairable damage to the insole may occur if you continue to wear the shoes after the outer sole has developed a hole.
Find out more about our repair and refurbishment service here.
Loake branded shoe care products can be purchased from our online store here.