Leather Care and Soles

LEATHER CARE

Every Peter Nappi style is crafted with the highest quality leather to ensure they wear well with age.  Our additional investment in this material allows our footwear to not only withstand the scuffs, marks, and stains that happen along the way, but actually allow a live well lived to enhance the character of the shoe.  Following are some of the different types of leather we choose and some tips on how to care for it.


VEG-TANNED LEATHER


Our veg-tanned leathers are typically made of hides that are processed with plant-based tannins resulting in a hardy leather without leaving a negative impact on the environment.  This process allows the leather to retain most of it's natural oils, which protect and add to the it's durability.  You'll notice if you scuff shoes made of vegged tanned leather, a hardy rubbing with your thumb along the scratch with smooth out the irregularity.  Thats the power of veg-tanning.  

For additional protection of your leather footwear or bags, we recommend using a neutral shoe creme like Collonil Shoe Creme once or twice a year.  For our suede and "reverse" leather products, we recommend applying two to three light coasts of a protective spray.  Collonil has a great Suede Waterstop Spray that works well.  This may darken the look a bit, but will protect from severe stains.  

If any suede or leather product is saturated with liquid, wipe off with a rag immediately. Never use a blow dryer, oven, or radiator to apply heat leather.  Allow to air dry with cool air.  A quick polish with a shoe cream using circular motions will restore the leather, while using a suede brush should help restore suede. 

veg-tanned shoes



KUDU LEATHER


We use a lot of Kudu leather in our products.  Kudu leather comes from a species of antelope native to South Africa, which are harvested to manage overpopulation and balance the natural ecosystem.  It is a beautiful and durable leather that often has natural marking that we feel add character to the shoe or bag.  We've found it ages especially well over time giving a very unique look to each product.  

SUEDE


Peter Nappi styles in “reverse” or “suede” leathers are made with the inside of a hide facing out, or leathers split to expose the fibrous surface.  Contrary to common belief, suede or reverse leather is quite durable with a bit of care.  We recommend protecting with Collonil Suede + Nubuk Spray upon purchase to shield the from water, food, or drink stains.  Again, this may darken the look slightly, so test in an inconspicous spot first.

To apply, hold the spray 8-12 inches away from your shoes in a well-ventilated area and coat entirely. Wait one hour for the spray to hold, then apply again all over the shoe.

We typically recommend coating your shoes 3 times to be fully protected. For regular upkeep and removing stains, use a suede brush or rubber.




WASHED LEATHER


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

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.

 


RESOLING

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 studio@peternappi.com.