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Instructions

Brand new footwear shouldn’t be worn more than 2-3 hours the first few times. The parts of the new footwear’s construction haven’t properly settled yet. It’s a bit like with a new car, you have to start breaking in the motor little by little. It’s not until the new shoes have “gotten used to” their new wearer that the shoes can be worn all day.

We recommended that more cherished shoes should not be worn on two consecutive days. There should be at least 24 hours in between wearing these kinds of shoes.*

* The main idea behind this recommendation is that shoes should have enough time to properly air out. When wearing shoes, feet give off moisture that the shoes absorb. This moisture has to evaporate through a natural process.

To speed up the evaporation process, you can use special ventilators that are placed inside of shoes and that dry shoes using both room temperature and moving air. This way the rest period for shoes can be shortened.

Under no conditions should natural leather footwear be dried at high temperatures, for example, in saunas or on radiators. As a consequence, leather will become brittle, the shape and size of the footwear will change, etc.

Footwear with leather soles should be kept on racks or on their sides to allow air to access the soles as well.

When putting on shoes, a shoe horn should always be used, regardless of the make or style of the shoe. Shoe horns are readily available in most stores, in small pocket-sizes as well.

When taking off footwear with laces, the laces should always be loosened in a way that the foot can be extracted with no effort.

After each wear, special shoe trees (wooden shapers) should be put into the shoes. When these aren’t at hand, balled up newspaper also works well.

It is recommended that footwear should be conditioned after each wear, even if the shoes look perfectly good. Conditioning shoes is like oiling machines. It is also important to apply conditioner to the creases, on top and bottom, in order to keep the footwear more flexible and waterproof.

When shoes get muddy, they should be wiped off immediately with a soft cloth after taking the shoes off. When mud dries, it acts as a sponge and absorbs moisture from the leather.

When it comes to shoe polishes, we recommend those that contain beeswax. It is very important to avoid creams that are based on mink oil. These have a very detrimental effect on shoes made of natural leather: they make leather and the stitching deteriorate. (Salespeople at shopping malls have not had training on these issues and their ignorance is forgivable, when it comes to footwear made of synthetic materials)

When shoes aren’t worn for a longer period of time, they should be lightly conditioned, placed in textile bags and in a shoe box, soles down.

We don’t recommend letting other people wear shoes that have been made to order for you. Everyone’s feet are different and a feet with a different shape will have an effect on the shape of the shoe right away.

Every new shoe needs some time and wear before its true beauty and nature are revealed. The right clothing, of course, will accentuate this even better.

Using the recommendations given here, your shoes will always be in tip-top shape and the masters at Kriuks confidently give their shoes at least a 5 year guarantee.

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