How To Care For Your Leather Shoes
Four tips on caring for your leather shoes, by Gemma Gil, founder of ColorWash.
Esquire Singapore caught up with Gemma Gil, Founder and MD of ColorWash, at a recent leather workshop by The General Co. Here's what the very personalble Gil had to say about taking care of your leather shoes.
1 | Invest in a pair of unfinished shoetrees, made preferably from cedar wood
They will help your leather shoes maintain their shape and are adept at sponging up moisture and disagreeable odors.
2 | Newspaper is always handy
In the event you get caught in a sudden downpour and your leather shoes get a soaking, stuff them with crumpled newspaper and let them air dry. When they are almost dry, insert our wooden shoetrees to make sure they dry out evenly and maintain their shape.
3 | Clean and polish your shoes regularly
Don’t wait till they are all scuffed up. Regular maintenance helps keep your shoe leather supple and strong. Gil recommends using a brush to clean off surface dirt first, before adding polish and slowly working it into the leather, then buffing it off with a soft cloth.
4 | Protection is prevention
Instead of waiting till you’ve spilt something on your new leather shoes, you might want to consider the High Density Transparent Coating, a special leather care service offered by ColorWash to protect the leather of bags and shoes, by providing a thin, transparent silicone coating. It provides water resistance whilst still allowing the leather to breathe.