LoQ shoes are designed with longevity in mind, the way in which we care for our leather goods also furthers material life. Shoe care can be seen as preventative and we recommend making a routine out of caring for your shoes before there are visible signs of wear. The following steps are methods for caring after the natural material.
To prevent damage, brush your shoes regularly after wears. Even if there is no obvious damage to the leather, particles can slowly work at and erode the leather, causing wear over time. For calf leather, we recommend using a clean dry cloth and a leather conditioner for light buffing.
For metallics, wipe down using a lightly dampened cloth and avoid the use of conditioners.
For satin styles, we recommend brushing away marks with a soft material such as horsehair. A very lightly dampened cloth may also be used to wipe away stains.
For patent styles, simply wipe down shoes with a clean dry cloth. We recommend routine use of patent leather conditioner to keep patent in its best condition. Please note that patent leather is not waterproof.
Leather soles are uniquely intended for dresswear, with a malleable nature that forms to the wearer’s foot over time. If you plan to use your shoes for everyday wear we recommend consulting your local cobbler to attach a rubber sole for year round outdoor protection.
Suede, the underside of the hide, is more sensitive by nature. Dirt can be brushed away lightly. One should avoid water contact with suede styles as much as possible, however specific suede protectants are available.
As we are based in Los Angeles, many of our customers do reside in a dry climate. That said, for optimal longevity, we recommend conditioning boots about every month in dry climates to avoid the drying and cracking of leather uppers.
We highly recommend rubber soles be attached to shoes in wet climates. If your leather soles get too wet, set them out to dry; natural materials prefer natural processes–do not rush with artificial drying methods. We recommend conditioning every 2-3 months in wet climates.
Leather is sensitive to the qualities of its environment; storage will have an effect on the aging process as well. Leather needs to breathe and should be stored in a natural fiber cloth bag. Do not store leather goods in plastic and keep leather goods out of direct sunlight.