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TAKING CARE OF YOUR FREE LANCE SHOES
If you want your shoes to stay as beautiful as they arrived, you will need to take good care of them.
Just like your skin, your shoes need frequent careful attention. With regular upkeep, shoes will keep their original appearance, be protected from moisture and keep your feet beautifully comfortable.
A FEW TIPS TO START:
Waterproof your shoes before wearing them.
Waterproofing sprays can be used on smooth leather, woven leather, embossed leather, buckskin and textiles.
You should change your shoes daily so they can dry for at least 24 hours.
CLEANING YOUR SHOES
Remove stains with a damp cloth before treating shoes.
Specialist shoe cleaning creams nourish and rejuvenate the leather. They also buff and add a longer-lasting shine. These creams should be applied before polish.
BRUSHES AND CHAMOIS CLOTHS
Your shoes shine and appearance are affected by the brush you use. To give your shoes a long life, you will need to find a high-quality brush. This will help remove excess polish and make the leather shine. Chamois cloths will enhance your leather, particularly suede and nubuck.
BUCKSKIN AND NUBUCK
Buckskin is a term used for leathers with a velvety appearance. It should be cleaned with a Suede Brush which re-fluffs the nap. Polish marks can be removed with a Suede Cleaner.
SMOOTH LEATHERS, GRAINED LEATHERS AND STAMPED ANIMAL SKIN LEATHERS
The best way to clean these leathers is to use a shoe cream and polish. This nourishes and restores colour. These leathers can also be cleaned and nourished with a Cleaning Milk just like other leather goods.
If you polish impregnated leather, its colour and appearance is likely to change.
Impregnated leathers age naturally and do not need polishing. They acquire a patina over time which makes your shoes unique. However, some people still want to polish them. If this is the case, you should first use a waterproofing spray to prevent staining.
We recommand you to remove surface dirt with a soft and dry cloth. Patent leather can easily absorb other pigments, so be sure to keep your shoes in their dust bag and avoid contact with colored or printed materials, as well as alcoholic liquid or solvants.
We recommand you to remove surface dirt with a soft and dry cloth and avoid contact with alcoholic liquid or solvants.
This tanning uses natural substances. We recommand you to remove surface dirt with a soft and damp cloth, and to keep your shoes avay from a direct source of humidity, heat or light. Please be sure to avoid contact with alcoholic liquid or solvants.
Several tanning operations were necessary to give this style, which intensifies with use and time. We recommand you to remove surface dirt with a soft and damp cloth, and to keep your shoes avay from a direct source of humidity, heat or light. Please be sur to avoid contact with alcoholic liquid or solvants.
PONY-EFFECT LEATHERS (PONY/POILS)
These leathers should be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush in the direction of bristles.
This is a delicate leather, so we recommand you to store them away from direct sources of humidity, heat and light, and to avoid contact with alcoholic liquid or solvants. With use and time, the scales can lift or change color, which is a distinctive feature of this type of skin. To clean your shoes, use a soft and dry cloth, and protect them with a specific product.
METALLIC FINISHED LEATHERS
It is as surface finishing, which may be erased with time and abrasion.
The material may develop wrinkles with the use and constant flexing, a natural feature, and the leather can not be restored. We recommand to store them away from direct sources of humidity, heat and light, and to avoid contact with alcoholic liquid. You can clean your shoes with a soft and damp cloth, and dry it afterwards.
The sequins should be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush in the direction of sequins to avoid they turn.
FABRIC AND DENIM
We recommand you to remove surface dirt with a soft and dry cloth, and to keep your shoes away from a direct source of humidity, heat or light. Please be sure to avoid contact with alcoholic liquid or solvants.
SOLES, HALF SOLES AND TO PLIFTS
FREE LANCE soles are all made of leather, except “Biker” styles which come in rubber. We suggest you wear your new shoes for two days before asking your cobbler to add natural rubber half soles which enable the shoes to continue to breathe. These initial two days of wear will abrade the leather to help the half sole attach. All models with stiletto heels come with two replacement top lifts which you should use when you notice signs of heel wear, both for your own comfort and to maintain the heel which is likely to be covered in leather.