SHOE CARE TIPS

Leather shoes will afford more comfort and loger wear if they are cared for properly.

Johnston & Murphy's craftsmen offer the following tips for keeping leather shoes looking and wearing their best:

  • Always store leather shoes with moisture-absorbing cedar shoe trees, to prevent leather cracking and permanent creasing where the toe bends.
  • Always use a shoe horn when putting on shoes to prevent the back of the shoe from breaking down. Never force feet into the shoes.
  • Always keep shoes away from direct heat to prevent the leather from drying out. Leather should always dry naturally.
  • Give shoes a rest between wearings. Leather shoes should have one full day to dry out from natural foot perspiration and should not be worn on two consecutive days.
  • When polishing shoes, use only a high quality paste or cream that will help moisturize leather and keep it from drying out. Never use a liquid polish on leather shoes.
  • Never use any type of cleaner that contains an acid or a detergent. Both are damaging to fine leather, and will age the shoe.
  • If shoes become heavily soiled, use a mild application of Ivory soap on a damp cloth, wipe off, and allow to dry. Then apply Johnston & Murphy shoe cream. This treatment should restore the original lustre without any damaging effects to the leather.

 

JOHNSTON & MURPHY SHOE CARE

This shoe care kit contains most everything you need to ensure that your investment lasts as long as possible.

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For more information about care for specific types of leather, see our Comprehensive Guide to Leathers.