Everyday Shoe Care

Protecting your shoes is critical to ensure longevity and maintaining the sleek style our Italian dress shoes. The daily elements will do their best to damage your new kicks, but don't worry, with our tips below we'll help you fight back against daily wear and tear, rain, heat and sun. 

The Basics

1. Avoid unnecessary damage by using a shoe horn to put on your shoes. Did you know a shoe horn and travel bag are included in every Paul Evans shoe purchase?

2. Do not wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Our Italian dress shoes are made out of high quality calfskin leather. Therefore, they need time to breathe so the leather can relax. 

3. Always use a shoe tree to maintain the shape and remove excess moisture. 

Clean, Tone and Moisturize

We highly recommend you take your shoes to a professional for the proper shoe shine. They do it the best and it only costs a few dollars. But if you want to do it yourself, follow these steps to ensure a high shine.

1. Use a soft cloth to remove surface marks, then clean the edges of the soles with a welt brush.

2. Select the appropriate color shoe polish. Did you know you can lighten or darken the shade of your shoes by using different color polishes? Apply the polish to the leather using a repeated circular motion. You'll want to spend a few minutes massaging the leather in this fashion to ensure the leather has absorbed the polish.

3. Ready to make them shine? It's time to glaze the leather by applying a couple drops of water directly onto your shoes. Use a soft cloth to rub a small amount of wax into the leather alongside the water. This combination will create a dynamic shine. 

Things to Avoid

Water and heat, at all costs. Unfortunately, life gets in the way sometimes and we are unable to avoid rain storms. If you find your shoes have gotten excessively wet, do your best to remove all moisture by drying them off with a soft cloth and filling the insides with newspaper. Do not put your shoes near a source of heat, such as a fireplace, to expedite the drying process. This will cause the leather to crack.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call us at 800.280.1725 or email us here.