Introduction to Shoe Care
Crafted from carefully selected leathers, The Workshop shoes are a blend of elegance and expertise passed down through generations of dedicated artisans. These natural materials require regular care to ensure their beauty and comfort for years to come. It is recommended to rotate your shoes every two days of consecutive wear. This allows the leather fibers adequate air and rest. When not in use, store them in the felt bags provided at purchase in a dry place away from any direct heat source. To preserve the shape of men’s dress shoes, we suggest storing them with a shoe tree after each use.
Avoid contact with water or products containing solvents, oils, or abrasive elements as they may cause staining or blisters. When putting on your shoes, we suggest using a shoehorn to avoid damaging the material in the back of the heel. For proper maintenance, be sure to have the toplifts (the bottom of the heel, usually made of rubber, in direct contact with the ground) of your shoes changed periodically to prevent them from becoming too worn down, which can make them slippery.
By caring for your The Workshop shoes in this way, you will be able to enjoy them for many years to come. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us or visit your nearest The Workshop store, where our specialized associates will be happy to guide you and answer your questions.
Smooth or Grained Leathers
For cleaning grained leather, wipe any surface stains with a soft damp cloth. Once the leather is dry, polish it in circular strokes using a high-quality colorless cream and a soft cloth.
Patent leathers can be cleaned with a soft dampened light-colored cloth and then dried with a clean cloth. To avoid color migration, limit contact with other leathers or highly pigmented colors.
Metallic leathers can be cleaned with the help of a soft and dry cloth.
Exotic leathers can be cleaned with a soft and dry cloth and then polished in the direction of the scales using a high-quality colorless cream. These leathers are delicate and sensitive to humidity. If they come into contact with water, sponge them carefully with a soft absorbent cloth.
Goat Suede, Calf Suede, and Nubuck Leathers
Suede and nubuck leathers can be maintained with a soft shoe brush to preserve their velvety texture. If shoes have been in contact with water, please allow ample time to dry before cleaning. In case of superficial stains, a rubber brush may be used.
Pony Styled Calf Leathers
These precious and delicate calf leathers have kept all their natural hair due to a special tanning process. The color shades demonstrate their authenticity. To clean pony styled leathers, use a soft and lightly dampened cloth and always respect the direction of the hair. Avoid repeated rubbing with abrasive objects (trouser hems, brushes…) which may alter the smooth appearance of the calf hair.
Fabric and leather shoes, or fully fabric shoes, should never be washed by soaking in water or in a washing machine. This would cause damage or migration of color and can detach the sole from the shoe. The textiles used at The Workshop have a water-repellent finish that limits the risk of stains. However, lighter colored textiles remain susceptible to staining. Once your textile shoes have been cleaned, please leave them to dry in the air before putting them away