All L-MD shoes need to be gradually ‘worn in’ to allow time for them to adapt to your feet. We recommend initially that you wear the shoes for a few hours around the house. If this is not possible, then normal daily wear is absolutely fine. Try this little tip for achieving a perfect fit: as a one-off, try wearing your new shoes for three consecutive days and then allowing them to ‘rest’ and dry out for at least the next three days. Doing this will help ‘fine-tune’ the fit of your shoes.
Putting on and removing your shoes
Always untie the laces when you put your shoes on and always use a shoe horn. This helps to protect the material and prevent unnecessary damage to the backs. Removing the shoes should always be done by hand and after first untying the laces - never use the toe of the other shoe for this purpose!
Breaks in wear
The best way to ensure that your L-MD shoes have a long life is to take regular breaks from wearing them and you should never wear the same pair two days running! Your shoes need at least a day in order for the moisture they have absorbed to disperse and for the shoe to be given a chance to ’recover’. This is essential to maintain the characteristic properties of the leather used in the uppers and insoles and ensures that your L-MD shoes continue to fit comfortably.
Using a shoe tree
Shoe trees are indispensable for keeping your L-MD shoes in good shape. Inserted as soon as you take off your shoes (preferably while they are still warm), they help to avoid deep walking creases and curling of the sole. Make sure, though, that your shoe trees sit snugly inside the shoes without over-stretching them.
CARING FOR YOUR L-MD SHOES
Taking good care of your L-MD shoes means they will continue to look good and offer a high degree of wearing comfort. Keeping the leather supple and moisture-permeable is every bit as important as protecting the shoes from too much moisture or mechanical damage. Caring for footwear does not have to be a complicated affair – choosing the right care products and following just a few basic tips is all it takes to keep your shoes looking and feeling great!
Caring for smooth leather shoes
For superb shine and protection, most smooth leathers simply need treating with a hard wax cream (Ref C1) while a shoe pomade (Ref C2) will provide intensive care and help revive your shoes‘ original colour. Remove laces and clean the shoes using a brush or a damp cloth. Apply an appropriately-coloured wax cream to the leather uppers using a lint-free cotton cloth. Use a different cloth for each colour used. Do not apply more cream than you need – a very thin application is all that is needed, enough to produce a matt effect on the surface of the leather. Don’t forget to also use a suitably-coloured cream (e.g. black or dark brown) for the sole edges and the outside of the heel. Allow half an hour for the hard wax cream to be absorbed and then polish briskly but without applying too much pressure. For a deeper shine, buff the shoes with a short-bristled goat’s hair brush (Ref B2). It is a good idea to have a different brush for each different colour of polish used. For intensive care of your shoes and to revive the colour of the leather, we recommend occasional application of an emulsion cream, such as Burgol Premium shoe pomade (Ref C2), before commencing the cleaning routine described above. Apply the appropriately-coloured pomade evenly to the uppers using a circular motion. This water-based emulsion takes just 5 minutes to dry, after which the shoes should be buffed and then treated with a hard wax cream.
Care of suede shoes
Suede shoes are extremely easy to care for with just a few basic things to remember. Essential equipment includes a fine suede brush (Ref B4), an impregnation agent (Ref C4) and Burgol’s nubuck and suede spray (Ref C3). The key is to thoroughly impregnate the naturally extremely absorbent leather. Spray the shoes liberally until the leather is quite literally saturated with the impregnation agent. Once the shoes have dried out, use a soft suede brush to separate the fine fibres (or ‘nap’) of the suede. This process should be repeated 2 or 3 times before wearing the shoes for the first time. These basic steps will ensure that your shoes are water-resistant and all that is needed now is regular buffing with the suede brush to remove surface dirt. Depending on the amount of wear, we recommend that the impregnation process be repeated periodically and followed up by an application of Burgol’s nubuck and suede treatment for extra care and to enhance the colour of the shoes. This product is applied using a sponge applicator and also brushed out after drying.
Care of leather soles
Treatment with a leather sole oil (Ref C5) increases water resistance, makes the leather more supple and is proven to more than double the life of high-quality leather soles. The surface of your leather soles should be slightly roughened before you wear them for the first time. Clean the soles with a damp cloth and then apply the sole oil using a brush, being careful to spread it evenly. Continue until the sole can absorb no more oil and appears to be saturated. Ensure that the oil does not come into contact with the leather uppers as this could cause staining. This process only really needs to be done every few months.
Cleaning shoes thoroughly
Both smooth leather and suede shoes which have been somewhat neglected will benefit from thorough wet cleaning using Burgol shoe cleaner (Ref C6). Remove the laces and then completely immerse the shoes in slightly lukewarm water and scrub thoroughly using an ordinary brush. Dilute the Burgol shoe cleaner with water (1:1), apply this mixture to the shoes using a sponge and carefully wash the uppers, lining leather and inner soles of the shoes. Wring out the sponge every now and then and re-immerse it in the shoe cleaning fluid. There is no need to rinse with clean water at the end as the cleaning fluid will continue to supply vital nutrients to the leather as it dries.
Allow wet shoes to dry thoroughly
Shoes which have become wet through should be removed as soon as possible to avoid the leather losing its shape. After removing the laces, stuff the shoes immediately with newspaper. Under no circumstances should you try to speed up the drying process by increasing the temperature (e.g. heating) as this can lead to structural changes in the leather and cause irreparable damage. Change the absorbent inner lining occasionally and insert shoe trees as soon as the shoes are just slightly damp. It is a good idea to hang leather-soled shoes up by their laces to allow good circulation of air all around them.