How to care for your leather shoes!

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FINE LEATHER SHOES WILL PEP UP ANY ENSEMBLE, AND CAN LAST YOU A LIFETIME. FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS TO ENSURE YOU GET EXTRA MILEAGE OUT OF YOUR DESIGNER FOOTWEAR!

HOW TO CLEAN

–  Most shoe labels will have in-house shoe cleaners and creams so always ask the boutique assistant for care tips and recommended products.
–  First, take the laces off your shoes. Use a soft bristled brush to sweep off preliminary dirt and dust.
–  Keeping your hand under the flap to keep the upper firm and flat, use your other hand to apply a suitable cleaner or saddle soap all over the leather parts of your shoe.
–  Use the same brush to gently work the cleaner into the skin. Pay particular attention to any noticeable scuffs or marks.
–  Let dry for about 20 minutes before proceeding to polish.

HOW TO POLISH & CONDITION

–  Think of conditioning as moisturizer for your shoes, which will dry out over time. To prevent flaking and wrinkling, dab a dollop of conditioner on a soft cloth and rub gently all over in a circular motion.
–  Choose a polish in a hue that matches your shoe. Experts generally recommend a lanoline-based beeswax polish, which will soften and protect at the same time.
–  Wipe off excess polish with a soft clean cloth, and buff the shoe with—surprise!—a pair of panty hose for slick-as-a-dime shine. Well, nylon gets the job done, too.

HOW TO WEATHERPROOF

–  A spray-on water repellent is an essential, fool-proof way to safeguard against the elements.
–  Before application, use a warm sponge to prep your shoe. The gentle heat will increase the porosity of the skin, allowing for better absorption.
–  Look for “breathable”, water-based repellents, which will allow excess moisture to dissipate for pliable, butter-smooth shoes.

HOW TO STORE

–  A quality shoe tree is a worthwhile investment. Unfinished cedar is best, because it sponges up moisture and any disagreeable odors.
–  Once you’re home, stuff your boot toe with butter paper, then string them up on the tree immediately.
–  Regular use of a tree will maintain your shoe’s original shape, and will go miles towards preventing shrinkage and creases.

SUEDES

Waterproof your suede and nubuck shoes with a spray-on, and use a suede eraser to smooth off smudges. Next, use a soft bristled brush to restore the nap and lift off dirt particles.

PATENT

Patent leather is surprisingly easy to care for: just keep out of water, and occasionally smooth some petroleum jelly into the shoe to preserve its glamorous gloss.

SOME FINAL TIPS

– If you’ve been polishing your shoes for awhile, there may be residual wax build-up. Use a specialised pre-cleaner before the cleaning process outlined above.

–  It may be a no-brainer, but if you’ve just stepped out of a shower, make sure your feet are fully dry before slipping on your shoes.
–  Use a good tortoiseshell shoe-horn to ease your foot in without creasing the back—a surefire recipe for shoe breakdown.
–  Every few years, head back to the boutique or trusted cobbler to re-sole your shoes, which are like the tires of your car and require regular upkeep.
–  Lay your shoes on their side to dry out, if you’ve been unlucky enough to have been battered on by a surprise rain shower on your way home.

 

Blog Source: Luxury-Insider.Com

Photo Source: Cherry Blossom

Leather Shoe Repair Secrets!!

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Ways To Remove Creases/Wrinkles from your Leather Shoes

How to Remove Wrinkles from expensive Leather Shoes!

Here at TLL, we receive a lot of queries as to how to remove creases off leather shoes! You do not need to send your shoes to a professional leather care expert for the same, just some simple home remedies will do the trick!

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Leather shoes can add a classic touch to just about any wardrobe, but they can be costly. Once you start buying leather shoes, you want them to always look their best. When they develop creases or wrinkles that are visible, it can decrease your enjoyment of wearing them. You can try several techniques to eliminate those creases.

Step 1

Store the shoes on cedar shoe trees any time you are not wearing them. The cedar provides a pleasant counterbalance to foot odor and the smell of leather. In addition, it maintains the shape of the shoe, which can counteract the crease. Leave the shoe on the shoe tree for at least two weeks to eliminate the crease and retrain the leather shape.

Step 2

Iron the crease out. While a hot iron can be damaging to the leather, a moderately heated iron (60 to 80 degrees F), placed on a slightly damp cloth between the leather and the iron can heat the leather enough to reshape it. As soon as you iron the crease out, place the shoe on a shoe tree and leave it there for a week to strengthen the leather’s new memory.

Step 3

Moisten the crease using a leather-friendly oil. Massage the oil deep into the crease line and place the shoe on a shoe tree to maintain the crease-free surface while the shoe dries.

Step 4

Massage the leather until the crease disappears. This will be effective as long as the crease is minor and relatively new.

Source: Extracted from modernmom.com 

 

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Ten-Second Takeaway

If you, like us, tend to destroy most of the pretty things in life, you’ll be glad to know of The Leather Laundry – a company that repairs and customises leather products.

Ruined Bag? Don’t Sweat It

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This brand has branches in Delhi and an online presence in Mumbai. They fix everything from leather bags, shoes, belts, leather jackets. All those ripped leather jackets, leather pumps which have been scratched from a night out clubbing, or a nice bag which has lost of lost its old charm, these are the guys for you.

They’ll fix broken pipings on leather bags, restore the colour of a faded wallet or shoe, stitch up torn panels, and make it as good as new. Although they primarily deal in repairing and restoring luxury brands such as Chanel and Dior, they have the resources to work with any sort of leather and brand. Prices for repair of leather bags would be between INR 2000–4,500 depending on the work, and for luxury bags be between INR 5,500–6000. Work on shoes starts from INR 2,200, although the price for each product truly depends on the amount of work required. Give them a call for a better idea.

So, We’re Saying…

They can even emboss your existing leather product, so if you want to put someone’s initials on a gift, that’s a great option. The work for initials would be for INR 700–1,000.
They will pick up and drop the products from your house. Check their website here for more details.

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