HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR FREDAS
Our shoes are made from various high-quality tanned leathers. With any real leather product, there will be variations in color and texture that give the leather its unique appeal. Over time, general wear, body oils, sunlight and other elements you encounter in your journeys will affect your shoes. This is expected and gives your shoes character. To keep your fredas looking as fresh as possible, or in the event of something happening to your shoes, here are some helpful tips.
When not in use, always store your fredas in a clean, dry place out of direct sunlight and moisture. After wearing, especially for long periods of time, always let the shoe air out and dry from any body moisture. You can even wipe the insides of your freda out with a damp cloth or paper-towel first to keep it clean.
CALF/ TANNED LEATHERS
Tumbled and smooth leathers are very hardy and should last for years. Leather shoes should be polished once a month if possible, to keep the skin clean , moisturized, durable and elastic. If excess dirt gets on your fredas, take a slightly damp soft cloth, paper-towel, or clean makeup sponge and wipe gently. If this does not work, try leather cleaner. Never use leather cleaner with acid or detergent in it as it will age the leather and shorten the lifespan of your freda. Never use liquid polish on leather shoes. It is also always an option to take your shoes to be professionally cleaned.
The best way to care for suede fredas is prevention. Always have suede shoes spray guarded before you wear them out. This will help minimize damage from moisture, oil, dirt, salt, etc. And help prevent staining. You can do this at home carefully or go to any shoe repair store to have it done. If you do get something on your shoe, you can try a suede eraser first and then a suede brush. A suede brush can also be used to refresh the nap of the suede. Oil stains can be lessened by quickly rubbing talcum powder on the spot, allowing it to sit for several hours and then suede brushing it off. The sooner you treat the damage the more likely it can be reversed. There are many suede cleaning products that can be tried, but we recommend taking suede shoes to a professional shoe repair store for anything major. Suede should be kept out of direct sunlight for long periods of time, as it is especially prone to fade. If a suede shoe gets wet, soak up the moisture as soon as possible with a clean towel and allow to air dry.
CALF HAIR/ PONY HAIR LEATHERS
Pony hair fredas are not actually made from a pony, they are made from calf leather with the pelt left on. Take care not to get gum, oil or any excess water on them. If something of that sort does get on your shoe, try to wipe it off with a dry or damp paper-towel or cloth as soon as possible. If this does not work, try allowing the dirt or substance to dry completely and then brush it off with a hard bristled plastic brush, following the direction of the hair. You can spray the shoes with a very thin layer of hair spray to keep the hair down and add a layer of protection against the elements (be sure to protect any tanned leather from the spray when you do this.) Never use scotch-guard or any leather spray guard on pony hair shoes. Do not wear pony hair shoes in bad weather.
Our reptile fredas are stamped and printed calf leather and should be treated as such. Please see above for care instructions.
IVORY OR LIGHT COLORED LEATHERS
We know that ivory shoes are scary, but we have found from our own scuffs, spills and grass stains that there are ways to keep your light colored fredas light. Literally erase scuffs or other small marks with a white rubber eraser. For bigger mishaps try a magic cleaning eraser, use it dry first and if that doesn’t work dampen the magic eraser slightly and rub gently.
IF YOUR SHOES GET SOAKED
Take your wet fredas off and stuff with newspaper or a dry towel to pull as much moisture away and to retain the shoe’s shape. Replace wet newspaper or towel as needed. Allow to air dry, away from direct heat, as direct heat can cause the leather to dry too quickly and permanently crack. This means do not attempt to put your shoes near a fire, heater or hair dryer.
IF YOU GET ROAD SALT ON YOUR FREDAS
Apply a little vinegar and water sparingly. Let air dry and then brush or buff.
IF YOU GET RED WINE ON YOUR FREDAS
ACT FAST. COMMERCIAL
Act fast. Commercial leather cleaner is your best bet. If you do not have leather cleaner on hand, pour regular table salt onto the spot and allow to soak for a few minutes. This will absorb the wine. Once the salt has soaked in, brush off gently and dab with white wine or club soda. Buff with a soft cloth and allow to air dry. Once the leather is fully dry, clean with leather cleaner and conditioner.
GENERAL WEAR AND TEAR/ WHAT TO EXPECT
Freda salvador shoes are all hand made in spain using the finest leathers. Because of this each pair will have unique variations, we love this about our shoes and hope you do too. Depending on how often you wear your fredas, what kind of terrain you are walking on and how hard you are on your shoes will factor into the longevity of your shoes.
Having a rubber sole professionally applied is recommended if you wear your fredas frequently or in wet conditions. Heel taps will wear down naturally over time and can be easily replaced by a cobbler. It is time to replace your soles or heel taps when the sole or rubber tap is becoming irregular. If your leather outsole gets nicked it will need to be repainted by a shoe repair professional.
If you have any questions or problems with your fredas, please feel free to contact us!