In this post, we show how some good shoe care can achieve the above.
Leather is the nature's own technology. Our water repellent leather creates the most comfortable wearing experience and keeps your feet naturally dry and contented. One of the nice things about our chrome-free, all-natural full grain leather Eco Performance, is that it's possible to polish it up nicely again even for really heavy wear. Below, we review the process on how to get the shoes look like new again.
The shoes that will be freshened up is a pair of dark brown Kavat Norberg EP, which as apparen below has been through a lot:
We start by doing an in depth wash, here you can use a gentle leather soap or, for example, bile soap. Use the soft side of a sponge that is damp and work up a good lather, and be sure to rub thoroughly so the soap can remove the ingrained dirt:
Then rinse the shoes under running water. If the inside is very sloppy, also rinse this:
Then let the shoes dry until they are completely dry, preferably with some paper tucked in them to retain their shape:
Here the washed shoe is dry:
As you can see the leather right now is very dry, so they should not be like this too long after thewash, now they need moisture, care and protection. In less worn shoes it's enough with our Eco wax, and preferably at least a couple of layers. On these shoes that were very worn and abraded more is needed, however, so here we anoint them first with shoe cream. Shoe creams usually comes in a tube or glass jar, and are found in most shoe shops, cobblers and department stores. Today there's also environmentally friendly alternatives available. Choose a cream that's similar to the colour of the shoe, but it certainly doesn't need to be in the exact same color.
Apply the shoe cream in several thin layers. Take a small amount on a cotton cloth (an old T-shirt that have been cut into smaller pieces is fine) and work the cream into the leather with circular movements. When a shoe is freshly washed it takes quite a lot of cream, it requires less when the leather is saturated:
Once you've applied a thin layer of shoe polish all over the shoe allow the leather to absorb the product for 5-10 minutes, then take a brush and brush them up to remove any residues:
When the shoes are washed and need much care, plus that big scratches need to be covered, you need to apply at least two-three layers of shoe cream in the same way as above. For the regular care it works great to use Kavat's Eco-wax, and then when the shoes received heavier scratches or have washed and need to be moisturized and re-coloured properly like, pigmented shoe cream is good.
Here's some pictures of the final result, with one shoe that has gone through the procedure above, while one is untouched to show the difference. This is the great thing about leather, it's a living material that can be nurtured and restored in a unique way: