A pair of Tim Little shoes doesn’t require special care, but with good maintenance they will last a lot longer. Here are Tim’s suggestions for proper shoe care.
On first wearing the pores on the sole become open. After 3 or 4 wears, dirt and dust gets impacted into the pores creating a protective shield. Therefore, try and wear them 3 or 4 times in the dry before wearing them in the wet.
In the rain
If they get a soaking, don’t worry, animals are waterproof, so the leather will be OK! Remember to use shoe-trees and let them dry at room temperature for about 48 hours. As the leather dries it can adopt odd shapes if they aren’t in shoe trees. Wet sole leather wears out twice as quickly so the 48 hours is important. Whenever people are concerned that their soles wore out too quickly, we can always see the evidence of a soaking.
Before polishing, wipe your shoes over with a dry cloth to shift surface dirt. Take out the laces, it takes a few seconds but stops them getting waxy. Use plenty of polish, especially in the welt and between the upper and sole, and leave it on as long as possible, ideally overnight. Remove excess polish with a brush or cloth and then shine. If you have tan shoes you can darken them using a darker colour, or even black polish if you want a very old looking effect.
Suede & Nubuck Shoes
Don’t be nervous about suede, follow our guidance and they’ll be fine. Before wearing them for the first time, apply a protective spray to protect them from any stains or water. You should always give them a good brush before and after using the spray. You’ll only need to do this every so often to keep up the resistance. If you get a small stain or mark on them, use a suede/nubuck eraser to rub out the stain. If you get mud on them, let them dry overnight before brushing them off with a suede brush. If they get wet, remember to use shoe-trees or some newspaper and let them dry at room temperature for about 48 hours.
Check your soles
Our Goodyear Welted shoes are easy to repair and the sole can be easily replaced. To test the sole, use your thumb to push the spot in the middle of the front of the shoe where you walk. If you feel a very soft spot there then it’s time to change your sole. Its best to get a repair before a hole appears, but if it does, stop wearing them asap as you start to damage the insole and general structure of the shoe.