Shoe Care How to care for your shoes
Although Undandys are made from the best quality materials, their longevity will also depend on how well you take care of them. Follow this guide to make sure your shoes stay in mint condition.
When you get your brand new Undandy shoes, you’ll also get a complementary Shoe Shoe Brush so you can use it uniquely for that pair of Undandys.
In addition, you’re also going to need:
- Smooth Leather Shoe Cleaner
- Leather Conditioner for Smooth Leather Shoes
- Leather Protectant (for waterproofing)
You can find most of what you’ll need at general stores, shoe stores and shoe repair shops. Be sure that any product you buy is recommended for leather shoes.
Pick a well-ventilated area, wear gloves and spread some newspapers to work on top of. These precautions are essential, as many shoe care products contain potentially harmful chemicals.
- Apply a leather cleaner made specifically for smooth leathers. Alternatively, you can also use saddle soap.
- Use a soft shoe brush to aid in removing dirt.
- After cleaning, let the shoes dry for a few minutes before shining them with a soft cotton cloth.
Conditioning your shoes will soften and moisturize the leather, protecting it from drying out and cracking. Use a natural conditioner that is absorbed into the materials of the shoe, as opposed to synthetic products that sit on top of the surface.
- Rub small amounts of conditioner into the shoe, until the entire shoe has been covered with conditioner.
- After a couple of minutes, wipe off any remaining conditioner, as the leather will only absorb what it can.
Be aware that certain shoe polishes contain toxic chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin and or inhaled. For this reason it’s important that you wear gloves. Also remember to keep all shoe polish out of the reach of children and pets and make sure to dispose of anything that may come in contact with it during the polishing.
- Rub the polish into the shoe with a soft cloth and allow it to dry thoroughly.
- After the polish is dry, shine your shoes with a soft cloth or brush.
Alternatives to Traditional Shoe Polish
- Rub your shoes with the inside of a banana peel, then buff and shine with a soft cloth or rag. Test this method first on a small spot of the shoe.
- Olive or walnut oil work as well. Apply a small amount on the shoe and polish with a soft cloth. Again, try this method in a small spot before using the oil on the entire shoe.
To help protect your Undandys from water and other elements that can ruin the finish and shorten their life, you can use a weatherproofing product.
If it’s essential that your shoes are waterproof because you spend a lot of time in wet or messy conditions, go for a beeswax product. If the appearance of the shoe is your priority, choose a spray instead.
Other valuable shoe care tips
- If your leather shoes have a lot of old polish build up, you can use a pre-cleaner.
- Remove any laces before beginning. Laces can be cleaned separately or replaced when in really bad shape.