1.Spray your shoes all over the surface to protect the leather. Use a suede/leather combination spray, keep it 20cm from the shoe and spray as straight as possible. Let them dry for at least 12h and repeat once a month for optimal protection.
2. After buying your beauties they will adjust to your feet, but should wish them to expand more or if you do not have the patience to wait for it, you can always get them blocked by a shoemaker. Block only half a size at a time and maybe block twice, rather than stretch them too much from the start. In Copenhagen we work well with Hælebaren City.
3. Another way of making your shoes fit you perfectly, is to break them in with moist socks on. Leather adapts easier when damp. Walk for a couple of hours, then leave the socks in the toe overnight and you should wake up to a perfect fit.
4. Keep your shoes away from excessive heat, rain, snow, sleet, hail, and other liquid hazards, but should the inevitable occur, then allow them to dry out naturally, don't ever put them close to the radiator as it would melt the glue and ruin the shoes. Stuffing the shoes with newspaper can also help to absorb the moisture if the weather was really mean to you.
5. Roccamore shoes have leather soles with a rubber patch, because they adapt better to your foot and create a higher comfort all together. Everyday use in heavy rain will make the leather expand and lose its shape. Salt can eat away the material not covered by rubber, so avoid salt as much as possible and take care of heavy rain.
6. If the soles wear out or get damaged, they can be resoled by a shoemaker. For good maintenance, we recommend resoling the shoes at the first signs of wear and tear, repairs are easier and more effective before the damage gets very big.
7. Roccamore heels are covered in the same soft leather used to make the entire shoe. We use materials which provide the best comfort, but are also more delicate than other types of leather. Therefore, be mindful of the heels if you are driving or biking, as they may get scratched. Should your heels get scratched, this can usually be repaired by a shoemaker.
8. Don't ever use a suede brush for your shoes. It will only tear the material and pull out the smaller fiber to eventually create holes in it. Those brushes are for heavier footwear like Timberlands etc.
9. Give your shoes a 24h dry out once a week – leather needs to breathe. Otherwise, it will get hard on surface and start to smell.
10. Store your leather shoes in a cool, dry place. Cold air also kills the smelliness, so leave your shoes out for a fresher experience ;)
11. Avoid using plastic or non-breathable covers - Never store your shoes in a plastic bag or box.
HOW TO CLEAN
12. Should you get mud or stains on your suede shoes, you can get it off by holding the shoes over a pot of boiling water. The steam will loosen the dirt and make it easy to remove. Then just wipe away the dirtiness with a damp cloth.
13. For a glossy finish, polish the leather on the shoes with polishing spray or wax. Should you spill on a lighter shoe, you can also darken the leather with a darker toned wax.