The use of wooden shoe trees is the most important thing one can do to maintain a good pair of leather lined shoes. Wooden shoe trees made of an absorbent material such as cedar or alder should be inserted into the shoes immediately after every wearing, in order to absorb perspiration from the lining of the shoe, keeping it from cracking while helping to reduce the creasing of the upper. Using shoe trees on a daily basis will make shoes look and feel better, reduce odour and increase longevity. We also advise that shoes are rotated and not worn continually, day after day, in order to give them the opportunity to dry out.
The regular use of wax polish, not containing silicone, is also important in the care of leather shoes. Shoes should be wiped clean before the application of polish with suitable brushes. The important thing is to prevent the leather from losing its natural oils. These oils, which can be replenished by polishing, are the key to leather’s flexibility and strength. For suede shoes, remove dirt when dry with a stiff brush, and then bring up the nap with a suede brush.
With new leather soled shoes, for the first couple of times, it is good practice to walk in them on a dry, slightly gritty surface. This ‘seasons’ them and promotes longevity.
If leather shoes get very wet, shoe trees should be inserted and the shoes left to dry naturally over a number of days, away from a direct heat source.
Finally, when the time comes for your Cheaney shoes to be repaired, we strongly recommend that you use our refurbishment service.Cheaney Shoe Care