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Shoe care & cleaning

Everyone loves some good old TLC - including your kicks!

Q & A

How long will my shoes last?

Good question! The answer actually depends on several factors. Let's discuss. Firstly, ill-fitting shoes causes premature damage to your kicks. That’s why we're darn keen to get you fitted properly!

Your shoe life is also determined by:

  • Daily use versus a few times a week/month
  • How, and if, you care for your shoes regularly
  • If your shoes are fit for purpose (so they don't wear down quicker than they should)
  • Constant work in wet or damp conditions, on high abrasive surfaces (like bitumen) or with chemicals will wear even high quality shoes down quicker. 
  • The quality of the shoe materials (we only use the highest quality materials)

If your work shoes are worn out, it’s important to kick them to the curb, and now. Otherwise you put your safety, plus foot and body health at risk. Woah!

WE'RE ALL GUILTY - EEP!

The big no-no!

“Kicking off” your shoes is a one way street to early damage! Kicking, or tapping, off is using one shoe to apply downward pressure on the heel of the other, to remove your foot.

After a long day, you just want your shoes off! We feel you. But kicking off any shoe will damage the heel counter and stitching (even our double stitched reinforcements!). she wears are also contoured to better fit female ankles and feet, so it'll also take more pressure (translation: extra drag on stitching) to kick off your shoes. It also voids your warranty.

Instead, pull up a comfy chair, have a sit (it’ll be nice after a hard day on your feet), loosen your  laces well, then remove your shoes with your hands. A little time now means extra life in your shoes.

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ATTENTION PLEASE

Super duper important!

Although a quick fix for dirty or wet shoes is tempting - never put your she wear shoes in the washer or dryer!!! Many of our quality materials, like leather, won’t deal well with excessive water or heat. But most importantly, agitating machines will severely compromise the structure of our shoes. 

It's also critical to know that anti-static resistance and electrical hazard protection can be affected by excessive moisture or incorrect cleaning methods. Keep reading for the full low-down. 

LEATHER

Nubuck

Nubuck is a high quality, durable, top grain leather sanded/buffed on the external side of the hide to give a slight nap of short protein fibres, producing a velvet-like surface.

  • Use a dry nubuck cloth to remove any surface dirt
  • Remove any scuffs with a nubuck/suede leather eraser (use gentle, circular motions)
  • Gently use a nubuck/suede brush to manipulate the leather nap
  • Remove any excess moisture with a dry cloth and leave to air dry (do not force dry)
  • On a regular basis, apply a nubuck waterproofing spray and/or stain repellent to help prolong the life of your shoes

LEATHER

Full grain

Full grain is the highest quality leather and the very top external layer of a hide. It is strong, durable, and has not been sanded/buffed to remove any marks, retaining a gloss finish.

  • Use a soft bristled brush or damp cloth to remove any surface dirt
  • Apply leather polish, spray or cream to the leather (use a suitable full grain leather product)
  • If using a polish, apply a small amount of leather cleaner to a polishing cloth or brush and rub gently in circular motions
  • On a regular basis, apply a waterproofing spray and/or stain repellent to help prolong the life of your shoes

LEATHER

Action Leather

Action leather is a suede leather with a thin coating of polyurethane. This leather is a great, durable leather perfect for printed designs. 

  • Use a damp cloth or soft brush to remove any surface dirt
  • Wipe down on a regular basis with a damp cloth
  • Avoid solvents or chemicals as this will affect the polyurethane coating
  • Do not get wet regularly ~ water and action leather are not BFFs!
  • Be very careful with waterproofing spray ~ most will cause the action leather colour to fade or break down

LEATHER

Crazy horse

A waxy, vintage style leather where imperfections (such as small scratches) are part of the charm! The patina of this lovely leather also changes and enriches with wear.

  • Use a soft bristled brush or damp cloth to remove any surface dirt
  • Apply leather polish, spray or cream to the leather (use a suitable full grain leather product)
  • If using a polish, apply a small amount of leather cleaner to a polishing cloth or brush and rub gently in circular motions
  • On a regular basis, apply a waterproofing spray and/or stain repellent to help prolong the life of your shoes
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FABRIC

Knit mesh

A breathable, flexible synthetic material. A seamless engineering construction knitted on machines so there’s almost no wasted material in production.

  • Dilute a small amount of detergent in a bowl of cool water, wet a soft cloth and apply using firm but gentle pressure (careful not to snag the knit!)
  • If badly soiled, use a soft brush (like a toothbrush or a suede/nubuck brush) to work the solution into the knit mesh
  • Remove any soapy residue with a slightly wet cloth
  • Pat dry and leave to air dry naturally

RUBBER

Gumboots

Natural rubber is produced from plants. It is high strength, waterproof and less toxic and damaging to the environment than PVC (often used in gum boots).

  • Remove dirt, grass and mud and rinse boots using a mild detergent
  • Chemicals, pesticides etc will cause rubber to perish, so ensure to clean off immediately after use
  • Do not leave outside for prolonged periods of time
  • Use a silicon rubber conditioner to keep your rubber boots in tip top condition

MIXED MATERIALS

Inner sole

  • Remove the inner soles from your shoes
  • Mix warm water and mild soap or detergent, wet a soft cloth and gently wipe down (careful not to saturate the innersole!)
  • If badly soiled, use a soft brush like a toothbrush or a suede/nubuck brush to work the solution into the knit mesh
  • Pat dry and air dry naturally overnight

ANTI-STATIC 

For highly static environments

The electrical resistance of this type of footwear can be changed significantly by flexing, contamination or moisture. This footwear will not perform its intended function if worn in wet conditions. It is, therefore, necessary to ensure that the product is capable of fulfilling its designed function of dissipating electrostatic charges and also of giving some protection during the whole of its life. The user is recommended to establish an in-house test for electrical resistance and use it at regular and frequent intervals.

Classification I footwear can absorb moisture where the soling material becomes contaminated. Wearers should always check the electrical properties of the footwear before entering a hazard area.

In use, no insulating elements, with the exception of normal hose, should be introduced between the inner sole of the footwear and the foot of the wearer. If any insert is put between the inner sole and the foot or the inner sole is changed, the combination footwear/insert should be checked for its electrical properties.

ELECTRICAL HAZARD

Added electric shock protection

EH protection is severely deteriorated in the following conditions : excessive wear on the soling material, contamination by conductive materials or exposure to wet or humid environments.

Care and Use of Electrical Hazards Boots: Keep the shoes and outsoles free of conductive materials such as screws, nails and metal shavings, dry the footwear thoroughly after use, clean outsoles with a mild soap and warm water, to avoid cracking, store footwear away from electric motors or electric fields, inspect footwear for any visible damage prior to use, such as punctures, tears, snags and cracking, dispose of the footwear if embedded with conductive materials, or if wear causes the outsole thickness to diminish noticeably. These conditions will result in significant reduction or elimination of the footwear’s protection if the wearer steps on an electrical circuit.

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