Shoe Care Facts

Common Shoe Care Facts

Shoe and Leather Care Guide

Size Chart



Common Shoe Care Facts
  • Rotate shoes at least once every other day. Because footwear materials compress when you walk, rotating them will give your shoes time to spring back to normal.
  • If you have leather shoes, allow them time to dry using a wooden shoe tree for best results. If your leather shoes are soaking wet, one should use a shoe dryer. Dry shoes in room temperature only and never expose them to the sun. Heat from the sun will cause the leather to shrink, wrinkle, harden, dry, and crack.
  • Shoes trees are recommended to keep your shoes healthy. They help retain the shape of the shoe and will dry them out faster. There are 2 types of shoe trees: plastic and wooden. Plastic shoe trees are light-weight and great for traveling. Wooden shoes trees are a better choice due to the wood's ability to absorb the moisture and odor in the shoe.
  • Use a shoe horn when putting on shoes. This will prevent the back heel end of the shoe from breaking down.
  • When traveling, use shoe bags to store your shoes. This will prevent any soiling or debris from the shoe to mix with your clothing.
  • Shoes should be stored if it will not be worn for a long period of time (i.e. winter shoes during the summer). They should be cleaned and dry. Insert a shoe tree into the shoe to retain its shape. To protect them against dust, they should be stored in a shoe box or shoe bag that allows the shoes to breathe. This will prevent any type of mildew or stains to form.

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Caring for Smooth Leather Shoes
  1. Clean your shoes with leather cleaner or leather shampoo, and use a good quality brush to remove loose surface dirt. If your shoes are wet after cleaning, let them air-dry before your proceed with the next step.
  2. Care and Conditioning is very important to nourish the leather, to keep it soft and supple, and to provide a long-lasting shine. A good shoe shine cloth is not only great for buffing your shoes, it also works wonders for the gentle application of shoe creams and conditioners.
  3. Water-/Weatherproofing takes place after your shoes are conditioned and shined. Usually, this is a spray that is specifically formulated for the material you want to treat. There are also some shoe cream products that combine Care and Conditioning with Water-/Weatherproofing.

Please refer to the Leather Care Guide to see a selection of products that are best for your purpose.

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Caring for Suede and Nubuck Leather Shoes
  1. Clean your shoes with leather shampoo or cleaning foam. A Suede and Nubuck Rubber and a Suede and Nubuck Brush are great for the removal of loose surface dirt. If you have a stain, use a stain remover that is specifically formulated for suede and nubuck materials. If your shoes are wet after cleaning, let them air-dry before your proceed with the next step.
  2. Care and Conditioning is a very important for Suede and Nubuck Leather Care. There are products available that protect, condition, and revive the color of this special material. The nap of Suede and Nubuck Leather needs to be brushed up frequently to preserve the unique look of the material. For oiled nubuck use a conditioner that replaces the oil that wear takes out of the material.
  3. Water-/Weatherproofing is particularly important for the preventive maintenance of this sensitive material. Before you wear your Suede or Nubuck Shoes for the first time, treat them with a water and stain-repellant-spray specifically designed for this material. Repeat this process frequently to keep up the protective film.

Please refer to the Leather Care Guide to see a selection of products that are best for your purpose.

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Caring for Reptile / Exotic Leather Shoes
  1. Clean your shoes with mild leather shampoo or mild cleaning foam and a good quality brush to remove loose surface dirt. If your shoes are wet after cleaning, let them air-dry before your proceed with the next step.
  2. Care and Conditioning is very important to nourish the leather, and to keep it soft and supple. The product should be specifically formulated for reptile and exotic leather. Using products for smooth leather may leave a residue that will build up around the base of the scales and cause them to crack or fall off, or that might lead to discoloration. A good shoe shine cloth is not only great for buffing your shoes, it also works wonders for the gentle application of shoe creams and conditioners.
  3. Water-/Weatherproofing is important for the preventive care of this sensitive material. A water and stain-repellant-spray should be used regularly.

Please refer to the Leather Care Guide to see a selection of products that are best for your purpose.

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Caring for Fashion and Patent Leather Shoes
  1. Clean your shoes with mild leather shampoo or mild cleaning foam, and use a good quality brush to remove loose surface dirt. If your shoes are wet after cleaning let them air-dry before your proceed with the next step. To remove stains use a stain remover.
  2. Care and Conditioning is best done with products that are specifically formulated for patent and fashion leather. Using these products guarantees that the special look of the material is preserved, and the leather does not crack or lose its shine. A good shoe shine cloth is not only great for buffing your shoes, it also works wonders for the gentle application of shoe creams and conditioners.
  3. Water-/Weatherproofing is easy with a spray specifically designed for patent and fashion leather.

Please refer to the Leather Care Guide to see a selection of products that are best for your purpose.

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Caring for Synthetic Leather Shoes

  1. Clean your shoes with mild leather shampoo or mild cleaning foam, and use a good quality brush to remove loose surface dirt. If your shoes are wet after cleaning, let them air-dry before your proceed with the next step. To remove stains use a stain remover.
  2. Care and Conditioning is best done with products that are specifically formulated for synthetics. These products are guaranteed to keep the material flexible.
  3. Water-/Weatherproofing is easy with a spray specifically designed for patent and fashion leather.

Please refer to the Leather Care Guide to see a selection of products that are best for your purpose.

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Caring for Textile / Fabric Shoes
  1. Clean your shoes with mild leather shampoo or mild cleaning foam, and use a good quality brush to remove loose surface dirt. If your shoes are wet after cleaning, let them air-dry before your proceed with the next step. To remove stains use a stain remover.
  2. Care and Conditioning is best done with products that are specifically formulated for textiles / fabrics. These products protect, condition, and revive the color of the material.
  3. Water-/Weatherproofing is particularly important for the preventive maintenance of textile / fabric footwear. Before you wear your textile / fabric shoes for the first time treat them with a water and stain repellant spray specifically designed for this material. Repeat this process frequently to keep up the protective film.

Please refer to the Leather Care Guide to see a selection of products that are best for your purpose.

You can also find a variety of Shoe Care Products and Shoe Care Accessories that help you with special problems you might have with cleaning, caring, conditioning, and water-/weatherproofing any of the above mentioned materials by referring to the Leather Care Guide to see a selection of products that are best for your purpose.

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Size Chart

U.S. Women's Sizes/
Candian Women's Sizes

U.S. Men's Sizes/
Canadian Men's Sizes
European
Sizes
U.K. Women's
Sizes
U.K. Men's
Sizes
    5     3.5     35     2.5     3
    5.5     4     35.5     3     3.5
    6     4.5     36     3.5     4
    6.5     5     37     4     4.5
    7     5.5     37.5     4.5     5
    7.5     6     38     5     5.5
    8     6.5     38.5     5.5     6
    8.5     7     39     6     6.5
    9     7.5     40     6.5     7
    9.5     8     41     7     7.5
    10     8.5     42     7.5     8
    10.5     9     43     8     8.5
    11     9.5     43.5     8.5     9
    11.5     10     43.5     9     9.5
    12     10.5     44     9.5     10
    12.5     11     44.5     10     10.5
    13     11.5     45     10.5     11
    13.5     12     46     11     11.5
    14     12.5     46.5     11.5     12
    14.5     13     47     12     12.5
    15     13.5     48     12.5     13
    15.5     14     48.5     13     13.5

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