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Brand New Ferragamo's got drenched, what to do?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by forseti6, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. forseti6

    forseti6 Senior member

    Aug 2, 2010
    So I went on an impulse buy and got a pair of Ferragamo Francisco loafers. A friend was having a party so I decided to wear them that night. Little did I know it was going to pour that night. I ran from the subway to the party (about three city blocks) and the shoes got really wet.

    When I got home a couple hours later I immediately put shoe trees in them. To my dismay, the leather seems all wrinkled up. How do I get it look back to normal?


    I immediately put some polish on it, but that didn't seem to do much for it.

    Any thoughts?
  2. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Next time this happens just leave them out in open air to dry out for a couple of days. Don't put any shoes in it until at least after the first day (if they were really drenched).
    Don't put polish on leather until they are completely dry.

    Just let your shoes dry out completely. They should be fine.
  3. P-K-L

    P-K-L Senior member

    Mar 6, 2008
    Also, take a newspaper and put it into the shoes - I have the feeling that it absorbs more of the moisture. As well lay them on the side, from my experience that also helps in the process.

    I hope your shoes get well soon!
  4. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

    Jul 2, 2006
    Cambridge, England
    "Wrinkled"? I just see creasing. Maybe a bit more creasing than usual, but water doesn't really cause creasing so I expect they would look exactly the same even if they hadn't got wet at all. It doesn't really look too much out of the ordinary. The only shoes you should worry about getting wet are suede pairs.

    And putting polish on while they're still wet is the worst thing you can do, it will lock the moisture into the leather and prevent it from drying. If the shoes were brown this could be a recipe for dark spots all over them, though with black shoes you probably won't be able to see where they're wet and where they aren't.

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