care Leather shoes
Water-proof the shoes with mink-oil or a wax-based polish before wearing them outside, and avoid wet conditions during the first days of wear. Polishing the shoes every other month will soften the leather and strengthen its protective barrier; it also keeps the leather fresh and supple, and prevents it from cracking and getting scratches.
Remove dirt and stains regularly with a brush or damp cloth.
Mud can be washed off with a leather soap in running tap water.
In winter, salt stains can easily be removed with a rag and a mixture of two-thirds of water and one-third of vinegar. Wipe the leather clean with a damp cloth and a fresh towel afterwards.
Remove the laces and insert shoe trees if available. Brush the leather to remove dirt and apply a small amount of leather conditioner in circular movements, using a clean cloth.
Let the shoes dry for a few minutes, then apply a light-shade cream or wax in the same way.
Finish the routine by buffing the surface with a brush, and again let the shoes rest for a short moment.
If the shoes are wet through, stuff them with newspaper and let them dry in room temperature. Using a shoe horn will protect the structure of the heel, and in the long run the shape of the entire shoe.