I'm looking for some advice on shoe care...
I've long been an admirer of quality shoes and this Christmas I have been lucky enough to receive my first pair of Loakes from my mrs.
I went with the 'Edward' shoe and fell in love with them immediately. Certainly a massive step up in quality from my current collection of footwear.
I have yet to wear them outside as I would like to know if I should use a leather protector before I venture out into the grim English weather.
I have shoe trees for them and obviously regular cleaning and polishing is a given.
I'm treating these badboys like a new born baby at the moment so would like the best possible advice on caring for them. I don't want to cover them in a leather protector if there's a chance it could damage/ruin them.
I've done a lot of research online and read that leather condtioners are a good start.
I would appreciate it if any of you experts could point me in the right direction of what is the best route before I give them their first outing. Any particular brands of products/care kits would be a nice touch also.
This pair of shoes is going to be the start of my quality shoe collection as I gradually faze out my existing sub £100 glued crap. I'm finally at the age and in a financial position where I can start investing in some decent footwear.
I look forward to your responses.
No need for leather protector or sprays, I believe they can be silicone based and can harm the breathability of the leather. Just wax polish and also condition them with a good shoe cream periodically. The man at the Loake shop in London advised to use the cream once a month, I think he said. Loake sell their own range of wax polish and creams.
ps. Ashby is the same shoe as Edward but with leather sole.