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How to Care for your shoes

At Clarks we want your shoes to always feel like new, and with the correct after care products, your shoes can stay clean and look newer for longer - meaning that together we can help you keep in your favourite pair of Clarks shoes for longer, which helps to reduce your environmental footprint.

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Leather

  1. Firstly, with a dry brush, gently remove off any loose, dry dirt
  2. Then, use our leather balm to rehydrate the leather - it’s colourless and works for all leather colours.
  3. Apply with a clean cloth and work well into the leather. Buff with a different soft cloth.
  4. If you want to restore colour and produce a high shine, choose one of our cream polishes (black or brown) or our quick shine sponge (neutral colour).
  5. After testing on small, inconspicuous area, apply the polishing cream evenly with the sponge applicator. Allow to dry then buff with a soft cloth or polishing brush.
  6. Finally, to add further protection, we’d recommend applying our all-purpose protector.

    Hold the can 30cm from the shoe in a well-ventilated area, spray evenly all over and leave to dry.

Rubber Soles

  1. With a dry brush, gently remove off any loose, dry dirt.
  2. Next, use a mild grease-removing washing detergent (diluted colourless washing up liquid should do the trick) and a sponge or an old toothbrush to wet the soles and gently scrub away any dirt.
  3. Be careful not to get any detergent on uppers made out of suede or textile as it may stain.
  4. Leave to dry thoroughly.
  5. Be sure to use mild detergents that don’t contain any harsh solvents (e.g. white spirit), as these chemicals can damage the natural beauty of the crepe.

Canvas

  1. With canvas, prevention is the best cure. We recommend applying our all-purpose protector spray to any new pair of shoes before wearing them for the first time.
  2. Test on an inconspicuous part of the shoe first, then hold the can 30cm from the shoe in a well-ventilated area, spray evenly all over and allow to dry.
  3. To remove existing stains, dry brush any loose dirt away.
  4. Next, use a gentle, colourless detergent and an old toothbrush or clean sponge to get rid of any stains.
  5. Rinse with clear water and leave to dry before applying our all-purpose protector.

Suede Shoes

  1. With suede, prevention is the best cure. We recommend applying our all-purpose protector spray to any new pair of shoes before wearing them for the first time.
  2. Test on an inconspicuous part of the shoe first, as the spray may darken the colour of the suede ever so slightly, but it’s usually barely noticeable.
  3. Hold the can 30cm from the shoe in a well-ventilated area, spray evenly all over and leave to dry.
  4. If you want to bring an existing pair of suede shoes back to life, we recommend using a suede and nubuck cleaning brush to gently remove off any loose, dry dirt.
  5. Be sure to brush any stains in the direction of the natural knap of the fibres and avoid brushing back and forth.
  6. To remove more stubborn stains, try our handy cleaning wipes.
  7. If the stain is too tough for the wipes, you can try white vinegar. Pour a little on a clean cloth and gently rub the affected area. Be careful though - this should be a last resort as it may affect the colour of the material.
  8. Finish with an application of our all-purpose protector.

Nubuck Shoes

  1. With nubuck, prevention is the best cure. We recommend applying our all-purpose protector spray to any new pair of shoes before wearing them for the first time.
  2. Test on an inconspicuous part of the shoe first, as the spray may darken the colour of the nubuck ever so slightly, but it’s usually barely noticeable.
  3. Hold the can 30cm from the shoe in a well-ventilated area, spray evenly all over and leave to dry.
  4. If you want to bring an existing pair of nubuck shoes back to life, we recommend using a suede and nubuck cleaning brush to gently remove off any loose, dry dirt.
  5. Be sure to brush any stains in the direction of the natural knap of the fibres and avoid brushing back and forth.
  6. To remove more stubborn stains, try our handy cleaning wipes.
  7. If the stain is too tough for the wipes, you can try white vinegar. Pour a little on a clean cloth and gently rub the affected area. Be careful though - this should be a last resort as it may affect the colour of the material.
  8. Finish with an application of our all-purpose protector spray.

Black Patent Shoes

  1. Our black patent leather restorer is ideal for repairing scuffs and scrapes on black patent leather shoes (only suitable on black patent, not suitable for suede and nubuck).
  2. Use soapy water and a cloth to ensure the surface of shoe is clean, before leaving to dry.
  3. Shake the bottle and apply sparingly in one direction using the brush provided.
  4. Leave to dry thoroughly.
  5. Repeat as and when required.

PU Leather

  1. Use a dry or slightly damp, lint free cloth to remove any fine dust or dried on dirt. If needed you can also use a mild detergent mixed with water.
  2. Wipe any detergent off with a different clean cloth dampened with water.
  3. Finally, buff with a clean, lint free cloth.
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