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As with any relationship, there is a “getting to know you” period with your new pair of shoes. But soon these shoes will conform to your feet like a second skin. The leather and suede used in luxury shoe-making is tanned for durability and resistance to weather so it generally takes 3-4 weeks of wear before softening. Likewise, if you designed your shoes with a Goodyear Welted sole, the cork contained in the sole will soften and provide superior custom cushioning by conforming to your feet over time. We recommend wearing your shoes for 1-2 hours a day to start and then increasing the increments over the first 2 weeks.
Shoe trees are essential. They preserve the construction and shape. The minute you take off your shoes, they start to dry out and contract so we recommend placing your shoe trees inside the shoes as soon as possible after wearing. The Left Shoe Company offers cedar shoe trees at our retail locations and on our website. You can also purchase plastic shoe trees that are lightweight and durable enough for traveling. We recommend unvarnished cedar shoe trees, which offer superior moisture absorption.
Suede shoes require special care to remove any scuff marks. Do not use shoe polish or wax on suede shoes. Ideally, one should use a suede eraser, or if one is not available, a damp cloth to gently wipe away scuff marks. Once the suede is dry, we recommend brushing it gingerly with a suede brush to restore the original nap of the leather.
We recommend polishing your leather shoes at least once a month, especially if you wear them on a regular basis. To start, wipe any dirt or dust off the surface with a damp cloth. Once the shoes are dry, apply a thin coat of polish, in a circular motion, with a soft, thin cloth. Use the polish sparingly and don’t be shy - the more you rub, the better. Let them dry for a few minutes and then finish them off with a polish brush until they are gleaming like new.
In the event that you need to get your shoes resoled or reheeled, it is best to take them to a cobbler. Do not give up on your shoes if you start to see some wear and tear. With the right professional attention and proper mending, your shoes will look like new. If you are near one of our retail locations, we will be happy to recommend a professional cobbler.