Shoe Care Guide for Men's Dress Shoes by Debbano




Cleaning: Gently remove dirt and residue using a horsehair brush or a damp cloth. For more thorough cleaning, use a damp paper towel or cloth with a bit of soap, gently rubbing the surface.
Softening Leather: Wear the shoes frequently in short bursts to allow them to adapt to your feet's shape. For tight spots, gently lift the leather with a spoon to ease discomfort and stretch the shoes.
Polishing: Maintain the shoes' shine by using a cleaning cloth, leather softener, and shoe brush. Almond oil can be used for its polishing properties. Apply a thin layer of shoe polish in circular motions using a horsehair brush or a soft cloth
Moisturizing and Protecting: Apply a leather cream with a brush or soft cloth to moisturize the leather. Neutral creams are suitable for all colors, while colored creams can help cover small scratches and scuffs. Regular application of shoe polish helps repel dust and water, keeping the leather nourished and the color vibrant
Preventing and Repairing Cracks: Vaseline can be used to prevent and repair cracks. Apply it gently with a soft cloth to avoid scratching the leather surface
Dealing with Stains: For stubborn stains, a mixture of vinegar and a few drops of glycerin can be used for cleaning. Toothpaste diluted with water can also be effective in removing scuffs and scratches
Drying and Storage: Never use heat to dry leather shoes. Always let them air dry at room temperature. If they are very wet, stuffing them with newspaper can help absorb moisture and maintain their shape
General Tips: Always wear socks to protect the interior of the shoes and use a shoe horn to maintain the back's shape. Clean the laces separately with soapy water and let them dry completely before re-lacing

Remember, each type of leather and shoe style might require specific care methods. You can take a look at our blog on caring for leather shoes for further details