It’s all down to the right shoe care
Men’s nailed shoes are the most traditional shoes. This manufacturing method reached it’s heyday in the last third of the 19th century. During that time, one of the common problems with these kind of shoes were, that all nails kept falling out constantly as a result of tolerance when pre-punching the holes.
The nail could first be firmly hammered through the sole thanks to the wooden stake and nail machine patented by American Nathaniel Leonhard in 1829. Using this technique, the nails could be hammered in much more evenly, and the problem of nails falling out was solved. Today, handmade nailed shoes are very popular.
Shoe care tips from the experts
Below, we have gathered a few expert tips for you. If you follow the points listed, you will enjoy your handmade shoes for a long time:
1. When putting your shoes on and taking them off always undo the laces – it keeps your shoes in a good condition, and keeps you fit too!
2. When putting your shoes on, always use a shoe horn – it protects your heel area of the leather, is more comfortable for you and far more smart, then wiggling to and fro and pushing down until you’re in the shoe properly.
3. Before wearing your shoes for the first time, use a suitable protector to impregnate them.
4. Clean your dirty shoes with a brush; smooth leather shoes should be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth (consider our tips about polishing). Clean velour and nubuck leather with a crepe brush (natural rubber) and then treat them with a spray or a velour care product.
5. When caring for your shoes, always use the right shoe polish, spray or liquid care product – they are all available at a special retailer – and remember to spread them evenly.
6. Once the care product has dried, buff smooth leather with a horsehair brush or a soft cloth.
7. After wearing your shoes, you should store them on suitable shoe trees (use unpainted wood wherever possible). N.B.: Do not use shoe trees that are too big since damp leather should be able to contract.
8. When your shoes start to smell: Many insoles can be removed and cleaned using a damp (not wet) cloth and a little mild soap, and then dried. Fabric insoles can also be cleaned in a water bath.
9. Wax the eyelets and hooks every now and again (or use Vaseline).
10. Wear your shoes maximum one day. Leather shoes need to rest for approximately 20 hours to ensure that all the dampness fully evaporates. Never leave wet shoes to dry in direct sunlight, on the heating or near similar heat sources. Shoes must dry out slowly and must then be polished thoroughly.
11. Do not lend your shoes to anybody– every foot is unique and moulds its own footprint in the footbed; if there are several wearers, the foot cannot sit correctly on the footbed. This is particularly important for children’s shoes. Worn children’s shoes “force” the new wearer to adopt the foot position of the previous wearer. To look after your children’s health, you should always buy new footwear to ensure that their small feet can develop properly and that they are not forced to adopt an incorrect position.
12. Have your shoes repaired in time and only by a specialist.
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