How to best look after your Arbesko shoes

In order to keep your Arbesko shoes looking good and make them last longer, it’s important that you look after them. Below are some tips and tricks of trade:

1. New shoes need to be brushed, polished and impregnated before use. The shoes have only been buffed before leaving the factory.
• Start by brushing your shoes using a shoe brush.
• Apply either a neutral shoe polish or one that matches the colour of your shoes. Apply a thin, even coating and use a cloth, brush or even a nylon stocking to distribute the polish evenly. Take time to really work the polish into the leather.
• Brush your shoes again.
• Don’t use shoe polish if your shoes contain suede or nubuck, just use a suede brush.
• Impregnate your shoes using an impregnating spray, or an impregnating cream for leather shoes. Pay particular attention to seams and edges.
• Wipe off any excess and brush the surface.
• For added shine use a shine polish that matches the colour of your shoes.

Your shoes now have excellent basic protection against the elements. To make this last, it is advisable to brush and polish them once a week and to impregnate them at regular intervals.

You can buy a complete shoe kit from Arbesko, containing everything you will need to keep your shoes at their best.

2. Our shoes should not be machine washed, this dries the leather out and causes it to shrink. Should you want to freshen the shoes up there is a simple yet effective trick:
• Simply remove the insoles and machine wash them at 40 degrees. Do not tumble dry, simply place on a radiator to dry.
• The surface of the shoe is easily cleaned using a damp cloth and a mild soap if necessary. Never use acetone or other solvents. To get into the crevices around the sole, an old tooth brush will do the trick.
• For stain removal on suede / nubuck use a suede eraser. Once cleaned, use a suede spray to freshen up. If heavily soiled you can use a suede shampoo.
• Should your shoes get soaked, see point 4.
• To remove odours, place your shoes in the freezer for a while and then spray them with a foot deodorant.

3. If your shoes are subjected to harsh, wet environments we recommend that you use shoe / leather grease. This makes them last longer and stay supple and water resistant. Do this regularly. This is especially important during the winter months when your shoes are subjected to snow and slush. The better your shoes are maintained, the longer they will last.

4. If your shoes are wet when you take them off, you should wipe them down with a damp cloth and place newspaper inside them to soak up the moisture. Let them dry at room temperature. If they dry too quickly there is a risk that the leather dries out and cracks. Alternatively, use an electric shoe dryer. When completely dry you should brush, polish and impregnate them again.

5. We perspire between 4-6 cl per foot and day. The moisture is absorbed by the lining and other materials close to the foot. It is important that this gets proper chance to dry. We therefore recommend that you let your shoes rest every other day and alternate between two pairs of Arbesko shoes. They will last much longer and be even more comfortable to wear.

6. Protect the counter. Always use a shoe horn when putting your shoes on, and always undo laces and straps before removing them. This way you protect the counter from getting stepped on and subsequently worn down.

7. Our soles are made of rubber and PU (Polyurethane) – a material that ages over time. This aging process is something that we as a manufacturer have to take into consideration as we bear an environmental responsibility for our products. Like with a dried out rubber band or an old car tyre, the degeneration process kicks in when the product is left unused. The rubber becomes stiff and more likely to crack or even crumble. So this is actually a much faster process if the shoes are left unworn, than if the material is allowed to ‘work’. How you store your shoes also affects the degeneration process, for example in direct sunlight or fluctuating temperatures.
PU is very durable, light and shock absorbing, and the products made with PU are long lasting and very comfortable. – We recommend that your store your shoes at room temperature and wear them regularly to prevent them breaking due to non usage.

Best of luck!