How to care for your leather boots?
Here at EOS, saying we have a thing for leather is a bit of an understatement. All our lovingly-crafted shoes are made from it, so we work with leather every day. We love our shoes and we want to help you care for yours. The following guide provides some tips we’ve learnt along the way.
TIP 1 - Protect your leather
Before stepping out in your news shoes, apply a leather protectant. This will help seal the leather and repel water, yet still allow the moisture to escape.
Note: Clean your shoes with a soft bristle brush before applying the protectant. This will prevent dirt from being trapped between the leather and repellent.
TIP 2 - Clean your leather
Clean your shoes regularly to remove any dirt and stains. Applying a polish not only covers and repairs daily wear and tear, but it also nourishes and moisturises the leather, keeping it flexible and healthy. Use a soft, clean cloth to apply the polish onto the leather in a clockwise motion. To finish, use a clean cloth to wipe away any excess polish.
Note: Avoid using too much polish. Excess polish creates a layer of build-up, that not only covers the natural beauty of the leather but creates a grainy texture in the creases of the shoes and attracts dust.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to polish your shoes frequently. Often all that is required is a wipe-down with a brush and cloth to restore the shine.
TIP 3 - Dry your leather
If your shoes become wet, dry them with a soft, clean cloth and let them dry in natural/warm environment. Leather should always dry naturally, so avoid fires and heaters. Overheating the leather will cause it to dry out and crack.
Note: If your leather shoes are very wet, stuff them with a small towel or newspaper to draw out the moisture and allow to dry naturally.
TIP 4 - Rest your leather
Shoes need a day off! It takes around one full day for your shoes to dry entirely after you’ve worn them. If you want your leather shoes to last longer, give them a day off between outings. Make sure you have at least two pairs on rotation.
Just a little bit of care can go a long way in keeping your leather in good shape and looking fresh for years to come.