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A practical guide to cleaning the inside of your shoes.

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Often overlooked, yet essential

An often overlooked but essential aspect of shoe care: clean the inside of leather shoes.

Taking care of the inside of your pair of shoes will contribute to the comfort and longevity of your leather shoes. It also helps prevent bad odours and the growth of bacteria. All in all, an improvement in the health of your feet.

In this article, we'll explore in detail the best practices for effectively cleaning leather soles. We focus on practical tips and tricks to ensure lasting freshness.

Our advice applies to street shoes, trainers, boots, etc.

All the products mentioned in the article are available on our website. You won't find any granny tips here. You won't find baking soda to rub into your shoes with a toothbrush. Or even putting Marseille soap in your shoes and leaving it to work for a few minutes.

These techniques won't clean the insoles or remove unpleasant odours.

All our advice has been tested and validated in our workshop.

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1. Understanding the importance of cleaning the inside of leather shoes

Because leather is a natural material, it requires special care to preserve its intrinsic properties. Regular cleaning of the insides of leather shoes goes far beyond aesthetics. It has a direct impact on the quality of the wearing experience.

Dirt, dust and perspiration that accumulate over time can compromise the suppleness and flexibility of leather. Over time, this can lead to an unpleasant feeling of stiffness when walking.

By removing these impurities, you preserve the natural softness of the leather and ensure a perfect fit to the shape of your foot. So you can enjoy maximum comfort all day long.

What's more, a clean shoe interior is essential for maintaining good breathability. When the inside is clogged with dirt or sweat residue, this breathability is compromised.

If it is compromised, this can lead to feelings of discomfort and even encourage the development of fungus or bacteria. Regularly cleaning your insoles therefore helps to limit the proliferation of bacteria responsible for skin infections.

What's more, regular cleaning of the inside of leather shoes helps to prevent stubborn unpleasant odours. You can use shoe deodorisers to eliminate odours and slow down their appearance.

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2. Step-by-step: How to clean the inside of leather shoes

Here's a step-by-step guide to properly cleaning the inside of your leather shoes:

1. Remove old insoles and discard.

2. Shake shoes to remove debris and dirt.

3. Fit the new insoles. We do not recommend using products to clean the insoles,

4. Use deodorising products to eliminate persistent unpleasant odours.

5. Use red cedar shoe trees to keep your shoes fresh.

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Renew your insoles for extra freshness!

We strongly recommend that you renew your insoles at least once a year. This is to keep your feet as comfortable and hygienic as possible. Over time and with regular use, insoles can wear out, lose their effectiveness and become less hygienic.

Discover insoles adapted to your needs: charcoal for odours, barefoot effect for summer and wool for winter.

What's more, by changing them regularly you can maintain the same level of comfort in your shoes.

With our replaceable insoles, your shoes will last longer and your feet will be comfortable and clean every day.

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Additional tips for effective cleaning

To prolong the effects of cleaning your soles, we strongly recommend using shoe trees made from untreated wood.

The best model to combat bad odours is the one made from red cedar. It's our bestseller!

Red cedar shoe trees have absorbent properties. They are designed to have a highly absorbent core, so they capture moisture quickly. By absorbing moisture, your shoes will stay dry and unpleasant odours won't develop as quickly.

What's more, you'll be able to enjoy the pleasant smell of cedar in your shoes and wardrobes!

So your shoes will stay dry and odour-free for longer. That's why we recommend putting on shoe trees every time you don't wear your shoes.

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Now you know why regular care of the inside of your leather shoes is essential! It doesn't just keep your shoes fresh and hygienic. It also significantly extends their lifespan.

So you're opting for a better day-to-day wearing experience and you're also helping to preserve your shoes.

We encourage you to adopt this new step in your routine today!

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