Caring for your shoes

Leather is a living material, which adapts to your feet, whilst absorbing and dispersing moisture produced during wear. As your shoes will be subject to some adverse conditions, we would make the following suggestions on care, to help you obtain a long and comfortable service from your Bradshaw and Lloyd shoes:

  • Always use a shoe horn and use shoe trees to keep them in good shape.
  • Avoid, if possible, wearing the same pair of shoes every day – foot perspiration and moisture may take up to 24 hours to dry out.
  • If your shoes become wet, they should be dried at normal room temperature.
  • Never leave shoes in front of a fire or on a radiator, as the heat will dry out the leather's natural oils and encourage the leather to crack.
  • Cleaning shoes is most important. Dirt and mud is best removed with a damp cloth or sponge. It is essential to remove all dirt before polishing, otherwise the dirt may discolour the leather.
  • Ensure that you have the soles or heels repaired by a reputable repairer before they are completely worn out, or return to us (see repair service).

The following suggestions may be helpful:

  • Leather shoes should always be polished with a good wax polish of the correct shade.
  • Suede shoes should only be cleaned with the correct suede brush. Suede protector and suede shampoo may be helpful.
  • Patent shoes should be wiped with a damp cloth and polished with a soft duster.