Patent leather shoe care involves taking care of the shiny coating applied to the leather’s surface. The care products will not treat the leather that lies beneath this coating. Patent leather is often made through a complex combination of materials. As such, a sponge or cloth will not suffice for cleaning this type of shoe.
Shoes made of patent leather may be cleaned once per month, based on the use of 3 alternating pairs.
During the step you will be cleaning the shoe by removing all of its impurities, grease stains and water marks. Keep in mind that, unlike smooth leather, this cleaning phase will not smoothen out creases. Patent leather is particularly fragile and most of the signs of ageing, such as cracks and deep scratches, are irreversible.
Dab your welt brush into the neutral dubbin and apply the product generously to the welt edging to allow it to fully penetrate and nourish the wax stitching. This nourishing step is very important since dried out stitching comes apart and could compromise the stability of the shoe sole. Pay particular attention to the stitching around the tip of the shoe as this is the part that is most exposed to impact.
A l’aide d’une chamoisine, essuyez tout le surplus de graisse qui n’aurait pas été absorbé par le fil poissé ou qui aurait débordé sur le cuir verni. Note: The image displayed is only an example, as the shoe has no wax stitching. Note: Remember to apply a shoe polish from time to time to your shoe soles.