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.