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SHOE CARE

With proper maintenance, a good pair of shoes can last for years. One of the benefits to buying better quality is that your shoes will actually look better with age and use. ⠀⠀⠀

Your shoes will grow old with you so long as the leather has been nourished, periodically polished, and kept in shape with shoe trees. Shoes with the “goodyear” welt, would be able to replace soles when they eventually wear through as well as the heels. This will save you money over time. 

1)     LEATHER SHOE CARE

So how to keep your shoes in tip-top condition? That depends on the leather. Calf skin – beloved for its pliability and fine grain. This durable leather is an excellent material for shoe-making. Calf will develop a patina over time (which can’t be said for cheap corrected grain leathers), but how that develops has a lot to do with the care it’s given.

Step 1 .⠀⠀⠀

Insert shoe trees and remove the laces. Gently wipe the shoes with a damp cloth and allow shoes to dry. Buff with a horsehair brush to clean away any lingering dirt or dust. 

Step 2 (Optional) .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

For shoe creases, best to remove any built-up of shoe cream prior to a shoe shine. Use a cotton swab to delicately get in there and wipe the old polish away. .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Step 3 Leather Conditioning. .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Leather is skin and, like yours, it needs to be taken care of to look its best. To soften the leather and start building a base for that shine, you’ll need a conditioning product. With just a dab or two, work the conditioner into the leather evenly over the entire shoe. Allow to set and dry for approximately 20 minutes. .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Buff the shoes again with your horsehair brush. This is done to move the conditioner around and distribute the product evenly. Reach for your shoe cream and dauber brush next – it’s time to color your shoes. Use the dauber to spread a dime-sized amount of cream over each shoe. Once done, let the shoes rest for another 20 minutes. Buff the shoes again with your horsehair brush. This is done to move the conditioner around and distribute the product evenly. Reach for your shoe cream and dauber brush next – it’s time to color your shoes. Use the dauber to spread a dime-sized amount of cream over each shoe. Once done, let the shoes rest for another 20 minutes.


2)   VEGAN OR FAUX LEATHER SHOE CARE

All shoes, irrespective of what they are made from, will absorb moisture from the feet. Depending on the individual person varying degrees of odour may occur as with any garment worn. For this reason shoes should ideally not be worn on consecutive days. Instead they should be allowed to air dry for a day. AUSSILIA shoes are no different in this regard.

AUSSILIA shoes generally do not require polishing to enhance their life as the microfibre uppers are extremely strong. However, polishing with a vegan shoe cream will enhance their appearance and may help minimize scuffing. To clean simply wipe with a damp sponge / cloth. Apply polish if desired. To dry out wet shoes, allow them to stand in an airy position away from direct heat. Never fast dry shoes close to a heater. Heat will activate the glues holding the shoes together & they may then start to come apart..⠀

Treating Scuffs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Scuffs are best treated using a water-based shoe paint. Black shoe paint is normally stocked by shoe repair shops – but make sure you get the water-based variety – don’t use spirit-based shoe care products. The procedure for treating scuffs is:.⠀⠀⠀⠀

Step 1. Remove surface dirt & dust with a damp cloth. For remaining marks dip cloth in warm soapy water & gently rub. If marks still do not come off then EITHER apply a spot cleaner OR simply proceed to Step 2. Use spot cleaner sparingly as it contains a stripping agent & will remove the top colour layer..

Step 2. Apply shoe paint to scuffed areas and other marks which cannot be removed. Two coats are normally required, more if shoes are badly scuffed. If shoe paint does not quite match the colour of your boots you may consider either applying a coat to the whole boot / shoe (changing its colour slightly) or mixing in another colour to create a better match..

Step 3. Apply a coat of vegan shoe cream to the whole boot / shoe. Use matching coloured polish or clear polish. Shoe cream helps prevent marks & scuffs..

WARNING: Shoe paint is for occasional use only, primarily for the treatment of scuffs. Do not use it as an alternative to polish – it contains chemicals which may damage the outer layer of the shoe at crease points if applied regularly over a long period of time.


3) .  SUEDE LEATHER SHOE CARE

AUSSILIA shoes generally do not require polishing to enhance their life as the microfibre uppers are extremely strong. However, polishing with a vegan shoe cream will enhance their appearance and may help minimize scuffing. To clean simply wipe with a damp sponge / cloth. Apply polish if desired. To dry out wet shoes, allow them to stand in an airy position away from direct heat. Never fast dry shoes close to a heater. Heat will activate the glues holding the shoes together & they may then start to come apart.

Suede Care: Part 1 – Cleaning Methods Suede is a stylish but delicate clothing material. This means there are multiple techniques for cleaning suede items you can pick. I'm going to break down each one of them. But always check the label of your item for cleaning instructions before you proceed with any method.⠀

Cleaning Method #1 – Brushing (After Heavy Use) This involves a brass wire brush (for very short suede) or an actual suede brush (the kind with a visibly fuzzy nap). Perform quick, light strokes while using either one so the bristles get deep into the fibers removing dirt/scum or dust.⠀


Do NOT press too much except if you’re dealing with stubborn marks. Don’t brush on a hard surface – place a towel underneath the shoe. Always brush the nap of the suede in one direction. This keeps the item looking consistently clean and tidy. For suede with a longer nap, it's better to use a multi-headed brush or crepe brush for extra softness. Another option is the double-sided brush – with a soft-bristled brush on one side and a suede block on the other. Alternatively, try a suede eraser (or a standard pencil eraser if you don't have) to remove dirt smudges or stains – and it's okay to rub harder with it. But for nubuck suede, use a suede block. This will erase any stains plus soften any leathers which have sheen from overwear. If the nap of your item looks tired and flattened all over, hold it above steam from a kettle (or better yet a steam cleaner) for a few seconds and then proceed to brush.⠀


Cleaning Method #2 – Dab With Water (For Wet Shoes) This is a legitimate way to use water for preventing stains – particularly on a pair of clean wet suede shoes. If you’ve just now spilled water, apply pressure on them with a paper towel.If you have the patience to do this until it’s dried up most of the moisture…you may avoid a water stain. For shoes that are water-stained but not soaked all over, spray/brush a thin layer of water evenly over the whole upper. Brush the stains gently and work around the edges. The next step is the same whether your shoes got soaked in the rain or you just covered them with water. Use a sponge or dry cloth to soak up any excess water. Dab gently until the leather is evenly wet. Stick blank white paper (not newspaper) and shoe trees in your shoes to soak up water and help the shoes retain their shape.Leave the shoes overnight in a dry, well-ventilated area. Once dry (or while they’re drying if you prefer) go over the shoes lightly with a suede brush. This helps shake out the grain back to its original look. Note: Never put a suede item next to a heater or through a dryer. The high heat can cause it to shrink, fade, become warped or as hard as jeans.⠀


Cleaning Method #3 – Cornstarch / Talcum Powder If you've spilled liquid on your suede item, pat the affected spot with a clean cloth and apply a layer of cornstarch or talcum powder. Let it settle overnight. Then use a suede brush to remove the dried powder. Don't be tempted to clean wet stains – you’ll only make them worse.Once the stains are dry – rub over them using either (A) a suede cleaning block, (B) the suede of the other shoe, (C) either an emery board or (D) a low-grit sandpaper but rub carefully. When you’ve removed the stain, brush and re-spray the item. Then use an eraser to restore the nap.


4) .  SATIN SHOE CARE

Satin is a common material for formal shoes, especially bridal and prom shoes. The material can pick up stains with regular wear, so you’ll need to clean your satin shoes from time to time. First, remove any loose dirt with a soft bristled brush. Then, gently dab the stains with a damp cloth. For tough stains, you can use hand soap. Always use a soft, clean cloth to dry the shoes as soon as you finish cleaning them.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

1 Wash satin shoes by hand, not in a washing machine. If your shoes are made of a delicate material like satin or silk, you should not clean them in a washing machine. The machine could potentially damage the shoes. Always wash satin shoes by hand.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

2 Brush away any loose dirt or debris. Take a soft bristled brush and gently brush loose dirt from the shoes. Try using a brush with soft, nylon bristles. Make sure you remove all the loose dirt. Any debris or dirt left on the shoe will be rubbed further into the fabric when you clean the shoes. This can cause larger stains.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

3 Dip a soft cloth in cool or cold water. Take a soft cloth made of cotton or microfiber and dip it into a small bowl of cold or cool water. You will want to dampen the entire cloth. Wring any excess water from the cloth after you dampen it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

4 Blot the stains with the damp cloth. Take the damp cloth and place it on the stain. If there are multiple stains, start with the one closest to the top of the shoe. Then gently blot the stain with the damp cloth, following the grain of the satin.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

5 Dry the shoe with a soft cloth. If the water removed the stain, you can then dry the shoe. Take a soft cloth and gently dab the shoe dry. Be careful you do not rub the satin with the cloth. Rubbing the shoe’s fabric can cause water streaks. Instead, dab the shoe with a cloth until you have removed as much moisture as possible.

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