For wearers of Jeffery West, it is essential to take care of the exclusive sought after soles in order to maintain and preserve the longevity and durability of the elegant eccentric pairs. Though expensive, they are built to last and it is imperative that you preserve your pair as best you can. Hand-crafted with fine quality leather means that if not cared for correctly, the natural product’s fragility could lead to premature deterioration. Take a look at our quick study of supreme shoe care, ensuring your fabulous footies are primarily protected and future-proof!
“In the case of designer, or more expensive shoes, look at it as though you’re protecting your investment, or what could be a future collectable”. – Jeffery West
Leather is a natural material, porous and breathable within its own moisture content, yet it is not waterproof, thus meaning that when exposed to saturation, wear and tear is intensified. Protect your purchase by keeping these tips in mind:
- New leather soled shoes should initially be worn in dry conditions, allowing them to be moulded to the shape of the foot, preparing the sole surface and allowing it to develop a degree of resistance before exposing it to wet weather.
- If caught in the rain, it is essential that you allow your shoes to dry naturally for as long as it takes. Never try to accelerate the drying process by bearing them to direct heat as this could damage the leather, causing it to dry out and in extreme cases, crack.
- Ideally, shoes need a day off and should be alternated with a second pair in order to ensure they are not continually worn or overused. By doing this, you will give the upper leather time to relax, whilst allowing any trapped perspiration from day to day wear to dissipate.
- It is strongly recommended that you use cedar wood shoe trees for every pair of Jeffery West shoes, which absorb moisture allowing the leather to breathe, help to retain shape, prevent contraction and prevent the shoes from developing significant creases or cracking. Jeffery West advise employing these from the very start, which provide a clean cedar scent and make polishing the shoes much easier.
- Be careful when cleaning your shoes, taking extra delicate care when removing debris or dust from the surface. Be careful not to scratch the leather, as once scuffed, the upper patina can be very difficult to recover.
- It is important to ensure that you are using the correct polish. Select a matching coloured natural polish or wax, whilst we advise staying away from cheap or synthetic liquid polishes which will sit on the surface, dry out and essentially crack the leather. Apply the polish and move in a circular motion, massaging and working it into the leather. If you are unable to get into the crevices, use a small but soft toothbrush.
- It is important to remember to not mix and match your brushes and cloths. Keep them separate for different colours.
- Leaving the polish to soak overnight results in ultimate effect, but if you don’t have time for this, a 15-20 minute application is equally as effective. Once this is completed, use a natural bristle brush to rub the shoes, which seals the polish and removes any loose excess. Then, buff your footwear with a clean dry lint cloth to get a stunning shine and revel in the beauty of your shoes!