Caring for your Stefano Bemer shoes
In choosing to wear Stefano Bemer™ shoes, you are most likely not new to shoe care and maintenance procedures, as we consider our shoes creations for discerning connoisseurs. Nevertheless, the variety of different leathers that we select and use might require some extra information and maintenance instructions. We will try to give you here a few guidelines for each of our most used skins, but we also encourage you to ask directly our experts if you have any doubt or concern before proceeding with any care practice on your shoes.
Please note that your Stefano Bemer™ shoes are made with the highest quality leather on the market. We have chosen to feature in our shoes natural perfection by giving you the chance to “read” the beauty of each quality of leather, its grain or “fiore” that is unique, like a fingerprint. This means that the leather in our shoes isn’t covered with layers of paint and that its pores haven’t been sealed with dye during the tanning process. The leather in our shoes breathes and allows the wonderful transpiration that your feet will benefit from. At the same time it means that it will absorb creams and waxes easily, so use less than what you might be used to or what is normally advised by other brands.
You should wear them for three or four hours the first time and increase gradually, because you will need to break the fiber of the sole in the direction of your walking, which will require some sacrifice at the very beginning (but you will be well rewarded once it’s done). Also, the upper needs to adjust around the shape of your fore foot and instep. Lace up the shoes tightly to allow this in the most accurate way.
• There is a molded layer of leather that shapes the heel of your shoes. Always use a shoe horn to preserve its shape and grip around your heel.
• Always put the shoetree back inside the shoes from the moment that they are taken off.
• Store your shoes in a non-humid environment in order to allow the leather to air out naturally.
• If it can be avoided, never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.
The first and best advice we can give is to always think of your shoes as an organic object, subject to elements and time alike everything else. If you can picture the leather of your Stefano Bemer™ shoes as if it was your own skin, most of the points below will make complete sense.
Let them rest: after using your Stefano Bemer™ shoes for a day or two, let them rest for a day. We surely want these shoes to become your favorite, but we also want them to remain so for a long time! A full day rest in a dry environment and with their dedicated shoe tree will allow the organic fiber of upper, sole and threads to relax and release the humidity they absorbed, also stretching them back to their original posture and tension. Especially in damp and rainy environments, please let them dry for 24 hours before wearing them again.
Keep them clean: assuming the shoes rested at least over night, brush them off in the morning, when they are dry. Use our long crine brush for the upper and a welt brush for the corners between the welt and the upper.
Moisturize them as needed: leather, like our skin, tends to dry-up. We suggest regular use of a moisturizing shoe cream in a lighter shade of your shoes’ color (or even natural, if you wish) to refurbish the original color. You might as well decide for a darker shade, if you intend to create some patina on your Stefano Bemer™ shoes over time. (Please note: The indications that follow concern Box Calf. For any other leather, please refer to specific indications or contact our experts) Apply the cream on one shoe at a time with a clean soft cotton, cloth wrapped around your fingers. Move in circles and insist with pressure over creases and superficial scratches. Remember that more is not better, so proceed around the shoe with a small quantity of cream to make sure it gets absorbed nicely into the leather. If necessary, make another quick round of cream 30 minutes after the first one. After a couple of hours, brush them to remove the clogs of cream and dust that might have formed in the creases and near the welt, then use a clean cotton cloth to remove the excess of cream.
Protect them: (Please note: The instructions that follow concern Box Calf. For our other leathers, please refer to specific indications or contact our experts) While shoe cream refurbishes colors and moisturizes the leather, our bees’ wax polish is intended to protect it from elements. We recommend to apply wax once the shoes have been completely moisturized and one shoe at a time. Trick: since the leather is so natural and open, it may have absorbed some of the wax that was previously applied. Sometime, you might not need to apply more wax but rather refresh the existing one: heat up the shoe with a hairdryer for a few minutes and rub it firmly with a soft wool cloth. The heat will soften the wax and bring it out of the leather, enhancing the shine. When this procedure does not give results, before moisturizing and waxing the leather, clean up the shoes with a clean cotton cloth and some drops of denatured alcohol and let them dry up for a few minutes. Then proceed with regular maintenance.
As like as for the cream, a lighter color is the general rule, unless you want to build up a patina. And also with wax, more is not better: apply as much as needed, in consecutive rounds, using at first a dedicated small round brush (use one brush for each wax color to avoid undesirable color spots) with strong and solid circle movements, and then again with a clean soft cotton cloth wrapped around two fingers. To create the glazing effect on toe and heel, ad a drop of water directly on the cloth and keep moving in circles until the shine appears. Let the shoes sit for a few minutes and then enhance the shine by rubbing them with a nylon stocking in fast round movements.
Respect them: sometimes, the word or assistance of an expert is required. If your shoes are not reacting properly to your maintenance routine, please consult a specialist in your area. We recommend, in case, to demand using the dedicated cream and wax that were chosen for your shoes. A wide door-to-door range of refurbishing services are available to our clients in order to assure the most knowledgeable approach to the maintenance of your Stefano Bemer™ shoes.
Go the extra mile: as you appreciated the attention we poured into the creation of your Stefano Bemer™ shoes, we believe that you might want to do the same with your shoe-caring routine. Welt nurturing and coloring applicators will preserve the color and elasticity of the welt. Sole dye will restore and enhance the brightness of sole and heel. New flat waxed laces will make your shoes look in good order.