Care and Cleaning Tips
Leather shoes will be more comfortable and wear longer if they
are cared for properly. FSW offer the following tips for keeping
leather shoes looking and wearing their best:
Always store leather shoes with moisture-absorbing cedar shoe
trees, to prevent leather cracking and permanent creasing where the
Always use a shoe horn when putting on shoes to prevent the
back of the shoe from breaking down. Never force feet into the
Always keep shoes away from direct heat (eg heater) to prevent
the leather from drying out. Leather should always dry
Give shoes a rest between wearing them. Leather shoes should
have one full day to dry out from natural foot perspiration and
should not be worn on two consecutive days.
When polishing shoes, use only a high quality cream that will
help moisturise leather and keep it from drying out.
Never use any type of cleaner that contains an acid or a
detergent. Both are damaging to fine leather, and will age the
If shoes become heavily soiled, use a damp cloth, wipe off,
and allow to dry. Then apply a quality shoe cream. This treatment
should restore the original lustre without any damaging effects to
Leather made from the skins of young cattle, generally no
older then 3-4 weeks. It is primarily used in better-grade men`s
and women`s dress shoes.
Very lightweight yet strong
Has a high ability to resist minor scuffing
Beautiful grain (fine and firm)
Has excellent comfortability
Takes and holds a shine
Great Colour Depth
Full Grain Leather
Side leather used for shoe uppers is the most versatile
leather used. It is also used for other parts including
Shoe upper leather consists of the hair side of cattle hides. This
is the most commonly used leather for shoe uppers.
Full grain and top grain are the same. Natural hide surface is
developed with finishing from premium hides.
A slightly buffed version of full grain leather. Split Leather
or Brushed Leather. Split leather is created when thick cattle
sides are machine split to obtain a desired side leather thickness.
The top portion is the grain layer; the bottom or underneath is the
split layer and referred to as "split".
Split leather is chrome tanned and generally comparatively
lightweight. To the unpractised eye, it may be difficult to
identify split leather from reverse side leather. More than likely
footwear with split leather uppers will be priced lower.
Leather made from the skin of young or mature goats.
Kid-skin is more expensive than full grain leather but less
expensive than calf. It is primarily used on women`s better-grade
Kid-skin finished on the flesh side for use in footwear is
commonly called SUEDE. Suede or sueding is a process of
sandpapering, abrading a hide or skin. Suede kid-skin (kid-skin
suede) is developed through a specially created series of
treatments with natural and chemical materials and solutions.
Very soft and porous
Great latitude of design
Pigskin leather for use in footwear is produced from the
skins of domestic pigs. Most pigskin leather in footwear is sueded
or "brushed" on the grain side.
Pigskin leather`s affinity for dyes makes possible a wide range of
colours that are used in volume fashion shoes and boots not only in
women`s but also in men`s styles. This special signature of nature
makes pigskin leather easily distinguishable as well as
Patent leather refers to the finish produced by covering
the surface of leather with successive coats of daub and varnish.
Used almost exclusively in dress shoes.
The main types of exotic leathers are crocodile,
alligator, lizard, and snake. Most skins are imported and are very
Wax Finish: A leather with a wax finish has had wax
worked into the leather to add weight. The result is a distinctive
finish often used in casual styles.
Antiqued Leather: The leather is sprayed with a contrasting
colour to create highlights.