Keep Your Footwear Looking Fab In Four Easy Steps!
Kickers shoes and boots don’t just look and feel great – they’re built to last. And, with a little TLC, you can make sure your favourite shoes and boots go on working hard – and looking good – for many seasons to come. Just follow our simple, four-step guide:
Remove loose dirt with a cloth or brush and use a good quality cleaning product on stains.
Keep your Kickers in great shape with a nourishing conditioning cream or polish.
Shield against rain and everyday stains with a spray protector. Spray new shoes before wearing for maximum protection – a must for suede and nubuck finishes!
Keep your Kickers smelling sweet with a footwear deodorant spray.
How To Care For Different Fabrics!
Smooth And Grained Leather
- Dust the shoe using a soft brush or a slightly damp cloth.
- Nourish smooth leather with a cream polish such as Cherry Blossom Leather Cream or Scuff Cover. Apply gently in a circular motion, being careful to avoid contact with parts of the shoe that are a different colour (like contrast panels, laces or stitching).
- Leave for a few minutes until the shoes look dull and matt, and then buff with a clean brush to bring out the shine.
- Always allow to dry properly before wearing.
- Polish with a wool cloth.
Nubuck And Suede
- Brush gently with a soft brush, a nubuck eraser or ultra soft abrasive paper.
- For persevering stains you can use a neutral leather shampoo to clean the leather in depth.
- With suede and nubuck suede shoes, the colour may run. You can revive the colour by using a protecting colour spray.
- Polish occasionally with good quality, neutral wax or a leather cream patent care spray for metallic patent finishes.
- Remove stains with ultra-fine abrasive paper.
- After a while your Kickers will take on a rustic look (like a vintage French wine, some things just get better with age).
More top tips – expert advice on looking after your shoes
- Change shoes regularly to give each pair time to air before you next wear them. This will help maintain the inner linings.
- For closed styles, use a shoehorn, and remember to undo the laces or buckle when you are putting shoes on or taking them off. This will help them keep their shape.
- If your shoes are wet, allow them to dry naturally. Never use any kind of artificial heat when drying (yes, that does rule out the old hair-dryer trick).
- It’s OK to put polish on the seams and stitching, providing the colour matches!
- Always clean the leather before applying any polish, but please don’t put your shoes or boots in a washing machine! (Hint: remember to put down some old newspapers or other protective coverings before you start polishing – to prevent staining floor coverings or furniture).
- Never apply spray or polish to wet shoes, and allow polish to dry before wearing your Kickers so that it can penetrate the uppers properly.
- Sometimes, colours may run onto socks or feet due to perspiration, especially with unlined leathers. To prevent this from happening, you can apply a thin layer of waterproofing or colour-stop spray.