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Using a wooden shoe-tree is the most important way you can maintain a pair of leather-lined shoes.

Wooden shoe-trees made of an absorbent material such as cedar should be inserted into the shoes immediately after every wear. This absorbs perspiration from the lining of the shoe, preventing it from cracking and helping to reduce creasing of the upper.


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We recommend that shoes are not worn on consecutive days. This will give them the opportunity to dry properly after each time you wear them.

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The regular use of shoe cream (not containing silicone) is important in caring for leather shoes, and particularly for patina-stained shoes. The shoes should be wiped clean before the application of cream with a suitable brush.

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It is important to prevent the leather losing its natural oils, which are key to the leather’s flexibility and strength. These oils can be replenished by polishing. Even if you do not wish to wear your shoes straight away, it is important to nourish the leather.

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If your leather shoes get very wet, they should be left to dry naturally over a number of days, away from a direct heat source.