Leather Care

LEATHER CARE

Every Peter Nappi style is crafted to wear well with age regardless of the scuffs, marks, and stains that will inevitably give character to the shoe. However, if you want to keep your shoes in tip-top shape, here are some tips and tricks to keep your shoes looking shiny and new.


VEG-TANNED LEATHER


Our veg-tanned leathers are typically made of hides from cows and are processed with plant-based tannins to create a hardy leather without leaving a negative impact on the environment.

If you want to preserve the original look of your footwear or bags, you can use our shoe creme for leather and our suede protective spray on suede and "reverse" leather.  This may darken the look a bit, but will protect from stains.  (We prefer the worn-in look, but this is your choice.)  Do not use a blow dryer, oven, or radiator to heat your shoes. 

If stained with liquid, wipe off with a rag immediately. Then polish with Collonil Shoe cream (included in all purchases of full-priced shoes); use circular motions with the brush for an even coat of polish.

veg-tanned shoes



KUDU LEATHER CARE


Kudu leather comes from a species of antelope native to South Africa, which are harvested to manage overpopulation and balance the natural ecosystem. 

If your shoes become soiled, use cool water and a clean cloth to wipe off excess debris.  Do not use heat to dry - allowing them to air dry is always best.  If you want a polished look to your Kudu footwear, apply a light coat of Collonil shoe cream to darken and deepen the color of the hide.

SUEDE CARE


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. For these styles, we recommend protecting with Collonil Suede + Nubuk Spray upon purchase to shield the shoe 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 CARE


Our washed leather shoes have been gently treated with water to take on a vintage look. 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.


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, the open fibers will conform to your foot. 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 seen, and (at least, in our case) the incredible food and drinks you’ve enjoyed over the years. 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 CARE


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.