We’ve all been there.
You’ve finally found a pair of boots you’re happy with, they fit like a glove and make you feel as though you can take on the world.
They’re also so versatile you can wear them every day and you do. But after a while, they start to look tired. The leather has lost its shine and the zipper isn’t working as seamlessly as it did when you bought them.
That’s why your boots need the care they deserve.
To ensure you keep your DuoBoots looking their best for longer, we recommend the following:
Particularly during the colder months when your boots will have the most wear, we suggest giving them a brush once a week. For leather, use a soft-bristle brush to gently remove any dirt, and for suede, it’s best to use a rubber-bristle brush or a sponge. Take extra care with suede when cleaning.
When you’re not wearing your boots, why not try slotting in some boot trees? They help to maintain the structure of the boot shaft.
For well-worn boots we recommend a more thorough clean every two months. Give your boots some TLC by using either a wax polish or a conditioning shoe cream. Before polishing your boots, it’s best to remove any dirt with a cloth and to make sure they’re dry.
Should you need to get your shoes repaired or re-soled we recommend you take them to your local cobbler.
The soles on Teo, Oakford, Nina, Vera, Matilda, Mabel and Morgana are made from super-durable, lightweight rubber meaning they can walk for miles without them wearing down.
Matilda, Morgana, Vera and Mabel are fitted with EVA soles. EVA stands for Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate, which is a material with rubber-like properties but it’s softer and more flexible than rubber.
Keep in mind, discolouration can happen to any colour patent leather, for example the Freya in Pewter and Cherry Red. To avoid discolouration, keep your patent leather item in a dust bag (polyester or rayon bags are fine; avoid cotton bags) and try to avoid contact with darker coloured items.
Colour fastness cannot be guaranteed on suede or leather pieces. Try to avoid contact between your suede and leather pieces and paler materials.
Our high-quality leathers and suedes need to be handled with care so we recommend using a dust bag while storing your boots to help maintain the material’s appearance.
Three quick tips:
- Leave wet shoes to dry naturally, never use artificial heat. A handy tip is to use a shoe tree or stuff them with newspaper to help maintain the shape of your shoes while drying.
- Try using a protector spray that will help to guard against staining and water penetration. Please note, the protector spray will not make your item waterproof.
- Top pieces on heels (heel caps) can be replaced by a cobbler but do avoid letting them wear down – walking on metal, or worn-down rubber tips is uncomfortable and causes further damage to your boots.
Don’t forget, your cobbler is your boots’ best friend. Take boots to a cobbler when you see any first signs of wear and tear. They will give your boots a new lease of life, whether it’s leather maintenance, replacing a zip, re-soling or re-heeling.