We have used a special washing process in some of our goods to product a vintage, or broken in look from day one. This does not reduce the life or quality of the leather at all--it actually assists in providing a more personalized fit. In Italy they explain the washing ‘opens the flower’ of the leather, allowing it to become even more pliable, conforming to your foot with wear.
At the same time, through the air drying process, the fibers constrict slightly. Think of a newly washed pair of jeans; when you put them on, they feel snug, but then they relax with wear. We like to think of it as a warm hug.
Washed leather is meant to wear stains and scuffs to tell the story of the places you’ve been, people you’ve met, and the successes you've accomplished. However, if you want to maintain the way your washed shoes look at the time of purchase, you can use Collonil Shoe Cream as described. In washed styles it will significantly darken the leather - so always test first.
Cordovan leather, some of the most expensive leather in the world, is intentionally finished to look stiff and shiny for years to come. Typical Italian-style dress shoes, such as our Danilo and Marco styles, are constructed with Cordovan due to its durability. We strongly recommend using cedar shoe trees with these products as it is essential to re-form the leather after wear. Also, when used regularly, Collonil Shoe Cream can keep your cordovan products looking brand new for longer.
Leather is a natural material which will change with wear and exposure to the elements. Most our our soles are made of the leather. A typical leather sole should be expected to last about a year, depending on wear and gait patterns. There will be a point when leather sole shoes will need resoling, which can be done easily and cost effectively at most shoe repair companies. We recommend Peabody Shoe Repair in Nashville: 615-292-5214.
They accept repairs nation wide, but if you have a shoe repair closer to you, feel free to use your local company. If you need help or have any questions, email us at email@example.com.