We often get asked what is the best way to take care of these beautiful shoes I just purchased. Below, we've put together a shoe care guide for all of your shoe grooming needs. Leather, like your own skin, will always stay looking great when regularly cleaned, protected and nourished. We recommend the following for the care of your limited edition artisan shoes.
We all need a good shower to keep ourselves looking polished and professional, so do our shoes.
- Brush off dirt and debris using a soft bristled brush or a dry cloth. We recommend Jason Markk's Premium Shoe Cleaning Brush.
- If your shoes are quite dirty and require a deeper clean then lather with mild dish soap or Jason Markk premium shoe cleaner using a damp paper towel or cloth. Wipe excess soap from the shoes and air dry. Note: This product should not be used on any of our hand painted shoes. We suggest cleaning our handpainted shoes with a dry brush only. See below for how to protect them before they get dirty.
- If your laces require cleaning, remove from shoes and hand wash in a small container using mild soap and warm water. Laces should be completely dry before lacing up the shoes again.
Treating/Weather Protecting Shoes
Just like we wear sun screen to protect us from the elements our shoes fare better when protected as well.
All of our premium leather and suede shoes can be treated with Jason Markk Repel Spray. Jason Markk Repel creates a durable, breathable barrier that effectively repels liquids and stains. It’s water-based formula is safe to use on all materials like suede, nubuck, leather, nylon, canvas and more. We love these products because they are environmentally better and really do the trick.
1. After the shoes have been cleaned and are clear of any debris you should test an area on the shoe that is not very visible just to make sure the product does not alter the color of the shoes.
2. Shake and spray. Hold the can approximately one to two feet from the shoe and spray liberally. We recommend doing two coats. Let the first coat sit for about five minutes before spraying again.
Polish and Shine Shoes
Shoe polish is the moisturizer or body butter of every shoe's dreams. When your premium leathers start to look faded or cracked give them a good polish and voila good as new.
- Apply a thin layer of neutral or color-matched shoe polish such as Angelus Wax Polish using a soft bristled brush or soft cloth in a circular motion.
- Allow to air dry.
- Buff using a clean cloth or paper towel.
- For extra shine, repeat.
Sometimes bigger damages can happen to leather shoes. Scuff the toes while walking down the boulevard after a few too many, rub up against a barbed wire fence, or maybe your dog took a mild chew before you caught her red handed. Any deep blemish to your shoes can generally be fixed with shoe leather paint. Angelus, one of the oldest and most trusted players in the game makes an assortment of colors. These paints are only to be used on full grain leathers and nubucks. They will not work on suede.
1. You may need to mix two or more colors to match the leather on your shoe.
2. Once your color is mixed test on a less visible small area of the shoe before applying in a place where it will be more visible. Allow to dry 15-20 minutes as the color will dry a slightly different color than what you see at first.
3. Once you have the correct color, paint the blemish and allow to dry fully.
4. Apply Angelus Direct Acrylic Finisher to the painted area to keep it protected. The finisher comes in multiple finishes, matte, satin, gloss, and high gloss, so be sure to use a finisher that most closely relates to the shoes you are repairing.
Drying Leather Shoes
NEVER use heat to dry leather shoes! Always air dry at room temperature. If shoes are damp and you want to speed up the process stuff them with newspaper to help absorb the moisture and make sure your shoes keep their shape.
As we say here at 5028 and our Phish Phriends sing remember "whatever you do take care of your shoes."