Fitting and Care
How to do it for the first time?
Make sure that you do not leave marks of use on the leather or on the sole.
FIRST OF ALL:
Try the shoes on soft ground (a carpet) and avoid bending the upper. Estimate whether the shoes fit in length and width, but do not bend them. It’s extremely important since the shoes which do not have any marks of use can be exchanged or returned without any troubles. Probably nobody would buy the shoes with marks of use!
SECOND OF ALL:
When you are sure that the shoes fit in length and width, make some loose steps and assess whether the shoes are holding on to the foot. Keep standing on soft ground (a carpet/a blanket).
ADAPTING THE SHOE TO THE FOOT STAGE.
When you are sure that these are YOUR shoes, you can go off the carpet but do not leave the house yet. Your feet and new shoes must get used to each other. It happens of course, that the shoes fit perfectly since the very beginning, but it also happens that individual anatomical feet’s preferences make that both the upper’s leather and the cork which fills the underside will need to adjust. It can take some time before you achieve optimal comfort of use, but you will avoid blisters by doing it in stages.
After fitting and making sure about the size put the shoes on for another hour. Next time do it for two hours, and then 3h… thanks to this you will have the chance to gradually and painlessly adjust shoes to your feet. Now, you can probably wear your favourite shoes 24/7.
If, despite the above instructions, you feel discomfort - go with the shoes to the shoemaker’s shop, in which a specialist using chemistry and appropriate machines will adopt the shoes to the individual anatomy of the feet. You can optionally use Saphir Shoe-Eze to adjust footwear yourself.
BE CAREFUL WITH:
Moisture. Leather does not put up with it very well. Remember not to wear new shoes during rainy weather. Especially those with leather soles. Avoid soaking and sweating leather shoes. If this happens, remember to dry them away from the heat sources, and after drying it is worth to nourish the dried leather with a good cream. Naturally dyed leathers can sometimes dye in the beginning. In this case, use darker socks or use a special specimen called Color-Stop. Protect your shoes from mechanical damage, protect your shoes from soaking and snow salt, which can damage the leather. For very heavy and extreme conditions, do not wear elegant shoes. In this case, put on waterproof outdoor footwear.
WHAT SOLE TO CHOOSE?
It is extremely impressive and more formal, but after a day of use it will cease to be so pretty. Soles of this type are very comfortable to use, provide better air circulation, but in humid conditions can be extremely dangerous (slipping). In addition, wet leather sole shoes wear out much faster than dry ones. Even more avoid the moisture in such shoes. Vegetable tanned leather after some time become more resistant, so in the beginning you must be careful not to get wet. In the autumn-winter season leather soles and seams can be additionally secured with a minimum amount of fat for the leather. Leather soles can of course be soled or supported with metal clips. They can also be protected by using special overshoes. In shoes sewn using the Goodyear Welted method, the soles, which are worn out, can be replaced. When you feel that the leather sole is very soft and bends under the pressure of the thumb, it is probably the moment when it should be replaced or at least you should start thinking about it.
Rubber soles do not provide breathable properties, but they are completely waterproof and more durable than the leather ones as well as safer in humid conditions. According to many, the only right solution for autumn and winter shoes. In the footwear sewn by the Goodyear Welted method, worn out rubber soles can also be replaced.
WEARING, PUTTING ON AND TAKING OFF SHOES.
Precise lacing of footwear during exploitation prevents foot scratches, early wearing out and wiping off the linings. While wearing shoes, always loosen the shoelaces first and use the shoehorn. When taking off your shoes, make sure you loosen the shoelaces and absolutely do not slip off one shoe with the other shoe. This will protect them from mechanical damage.
Do not use the same pair of shoes for two days in a row. After a day of use, give your shoes and leather a rest by putting on another pair the next day.
Always keep unworn shoes in a dry place away from heat. Keep them on good, wooden shoe shapers. Fantastically fragrant cedar wood for a shoe lover will probably be the first choice!
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE SHOES?
Use good shoe care products. The basic kit for LEATHER is Cleaner + Cream + wax paste. Deep cleaning should be carried out only 2-3 times a year, and nourishing cream and paste should be used depending on the needs, season and observation (1-2 times a month as a rule is enough). Avoid excess of cleaning products. Good preparations are very efficient and should be applied in minimum quantities. Apply the cream only to the working areas of the upper, while the wax paste to the toe caps and counters. With good leathers, we do not need to use any products for fast gloss - they give a quick effect, but they are harmful to the leather. IMPORTANT: Before the correct application of each agent, an attempt should be made on an invisible scrap, checking the product's performance on the color and structure of the leather. If the effect is correct, you can proceed.
We care for suede shoes a little differently. The basis for suede care is Suede Cleaner + brush for Suede + Protector. After 1-2 seasons, a specimen for leather color regeneration may also be useful.
COME TO LIKE FOLDS ON THE LEATHER.
Leather is a beautiful and natural material. In the working areas of the upper, folds are formed and this is absolutely normal, it cannot be eliminated. If you want to use real leather shoes, you should just like it! The effect can be minimized by using a shoe tree and oiling creams.
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