Not all colours would leave such marks, but the stronger colours (red, green, and black) do.
The shoes with a leather lining will not leave colour marks, because we use neutral colours for the lining – white, beige, light brown.
Avoid water with leather products - it removes the excess leather dye and the natural oil in the leather. If the shoes get wet then unexpected color bleeding can occur.
Packaging: Since all our products do not have hard elements, i.e. they are with soft toe area; some of the models can be slightly squashed since we ship them in paper bags. We believe that it is a waste to put them in a box that will be thrown away after you unpack them. The shoes will take the shape of the feet after you put them on and wear them for a while.
All kids shoes, boots and models for women are shipped in boxes, so that the shoes can be kept properly when out of season.
If you want to have the children shoes shipped in a box, please put your comment in the notes.
Leather's Natural Markings
Even the best leather has natural markings, which are analogous to fingerprints. They distinguish genuine leather from man-made materials. Some marks that can appear on the surface of leather are healed scratches, barbed wire marks, wrinkles and insect bites. Any of these markings may be present on your shoes and is your assurance that you have a true top grain leather. Leather is a natural product and you may notice areas with different texture, grain pattern and color may vary from hide to hide and within the hide. When we manufacture the shoes, we make our best to choose leather parts that are the same; however, this is not always possible.
You can use leather care products to keep the shoes clean and in a good condition. Still, some of them contain chemicals, and it is not recommended to use them on a daily basis.
If you want to be as friendly to the shoes as possible, you can use rubber eraser to remove the stains. You can also use specialized brushes for natural leather.
For everyday care and maintenance of
- Genuine (full-grain) leather – use a wet towel or a rubber eraser to remove the stains. If the leather is damaged, you can use either shoes paint with the same colour or a colourless finish.
- Suede and nubuck* – use a brush with stiff hairs for suede first or with a soft bristle brush for nubuck. After that, clean the shoes with a damp cloth to refresh their colour. If necessary, use a rubber eraser. Finally, use suede and nubuck care products (not for daily use).
* Nubuck is a top grain leather that has a brushed finish that almost has a velvety feel. This type of leather again is extremely luxurious but extremely delicate. Most cleaning is done by brushing out the dirt on the surface. Stains, ink, and discolorations are permanent and will not clean out.
How to clean the soft suede soles?
With time the suede on the sole gets dirty and sticky and the shoes may become slippery. Clean the suede sole with a brush for suede materials, so that it becomes ruffled again. If necessary, wet the surface to clean the dirt.
How to make the leather shoes waterproofed?
Natural leather has pores, thus it has an excellent air circulation and is not naturally waterproofed. Some leathers have a special coating that makes them waterproof and they are marked as "water resistant". We use these leathers for our boots models only.
=> In order to make the leather water resistant you can use special "protector" sprays for waterproofing.
How to avoid color abrassion?
The fact is that the dye is wearing off when the leather gets wet. This is a natural process because dye dissolves in water.
To avoid it - Avoid water, Use products with a leather lining and / or Use neutral colors.
The wearing off can be mitigated if the leather producer use chemicals to fixate the color. When they use fixers, the dyeing effect is mitigated, depending on what and how much of the fixer they use.
Some color agents are more aggressive and leave stains when the feet perspire. They are: red, dark blue, black.
The dye has chemicals, but they are nontoxic.
=> In order to prevent bleeding you can use a color fixer spray, it is nontoxic (it is supposed to touch the feet) and doesn't affect the air circulation at all. If your shoes has a leather lining (inner leather layer) then you do not need to use color fixer spray. We use off-white and/ or non-colored lining only.
It is not advisable to wash the shoes, made from natural leather, because the water removes part of the natural oil in the leather and part of the color. This way, the leather becomes stiffer and less flexible. However, with time, the leather will almost return to its original state. Washing the shoes can change their color, the fact is that the dye is wearing off when the leather gets wet. This is a natural process because dye dissolves in water.
If you decide to wash the shoes or if they become wet, stick to the following rules: