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Maintenance

These tips will help to extend the life of your Berwick 1707, or Berwick 1707 Premium Grade shoes.

  • Always use a shoehorn. This will protect the heel counter insert, which is basic to maintain a proper fit.
  • Loosen the laces as much as possible both when putting the shoes on and taking them off to prevent warping in the shoe’s cut (the body).
  • Do not wear your shoes for two days in a row. The sweat produced by feet takes more than 24 hours to evaporate from the shoe; accumulated excess moisture will contribute to the skin cracking while this is drying.
  • Do not dry your shoes near a heat source after a rainy day. Drying must occur naturally, placing newsprint inside the shoe may aid this process. The remains of mud should be removed with a damp sponge. When the shoe is dry, a thin layer of cream should be applied with a cloth, and a horsehair brush should be used to brush clean.
  • Use bolts or extending shoe trees. The best ones are made of cedar wood. They would ideally be from the shoe’s original shoe tree. They help to remove creases from the vamp and keep the volume with the Shoe Tree “sculpting” the shoe.
  • Use a quality cream or polish to clean them. Both products are equally effective for this task; if anything the polish gives slightly more brightness during brushing. The rule of thumb is to apply a small amount of product with a used cloth, then immediately brush and use a duster to finish off. For a gloss or glaze finish, slightly moistened the cloth with a few drops of water.
  • Greased leather shoes can be revitalised by applying a thin layer of cream, and then applying dubbin in small quantities with a sponge to give the effect.
  • There are copper bristle brushes for suede, and others with mixed nylon and copper bristles that are slightly less aggressive, which help to keep the leather stiff