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  • General
  • Shoe trees
  • Heel toe protection
  • Cleaning calfskin
  • Polishing
  • Suede

Light Maintenance Is Key

Taking care of our handmade footwear is a breeze because high-quality footwear doesn't require excessive attention. Just a light touch of maintenance to maintain an effortlessly natural and classic look. When you get a new pair, there’s no need for immediate conditioning or polishing - they’re ready to wear out of the box. We recommend sitting down at a shoe shine stand every once in a while, but if you aren’t in a location to have that luxury, the following guide will help you out at home.

Shoe Trees Are Essential

Remember leather is a skin, and if you’re going to beat it up, giving it time to heal is also important. We know every guy doesn’t have the robust shoe wardrobe to wear 7 different pairs of shoes for each day of the week, but mixing in two or three pairs will go a long way. Shoetrees will take away moisture, maintain your shoes' shape and remove foot odor. In combination with the shoe trees, resisting the urge to wear our beautiful shoes many days in a row will also greatly add to their look and life.

Extend The Life Of Your Soles

Whenever you get a new pair of Knight & Bond handcrafted shoes, we recommend you to use basic heel and toe protectors. These simple pieces of plastic extend the life of your soles significantly. They wear down themselves after a few months, but replacing them ensures the two major wear spots on your shoes—the toe where you push off and the corner of the heel where you foot initially hits the ground—stay intact.

Clean Before You Shine

Before getting into color repair and shining, you want a clean base. This isn’t necessary each time, but if your shoes are particularly dirty or you’ve added many layers of creams and waxes over time, using a gentle cleaner will be helpful.

Right Color Polish/Cream

It is almost impossible to mess up a pair of shoes because of a badly matching color shoe polish. For black shoes you simply use black shoe polishes. And if you really are not sure which color to choose or you do not want to buy a color of shoe cream for every pair of shoes you can always go for a neutral, colorless shoe polish.

A Different Approach

Contrary to popular belief, suede shoes can be much easier to take care of than shoes made from other materials. After all, you don’t have to polish and condition them every few weeks like you do with calfskin. There are some things you need to do, however, in order to keep up their appearance. If your suede Knight & Bond shoes are in need of a cleaning, follow the steps below: - Brush vigorously - Rub it with damp towel - Rub off with suede cleaner - Use a weather protector spray.