How To Care For Handmade Leather Oxford Shoes


If you prefer a classic, timeless style, a pair of handmade leather oxford shoes may be the perfect addition to your wardrobe.  Oxford shoes typically feature closed lacing and cap toes and are often made of genuine leather.

Since they feature a more traditional look, oxford shoes are commonly worn with semi-casual or formal wear such as khaki pants and suits. The rich leather uppers give the footwear a high-end appearance, although the shoes will also look appropriate when worn with denim jeans. 

Depending on your personal style, you can purchase the oxfords featuring an array of different materials, such as shiny black patent leather for a more dramatic look, brushed suede as a relaxed touch, or basic calf or cow leather. Although black and brown oxfords are the most popular, you can also find them in a variety of other colors, including grey and navy blue, depending on your wardrobe needs.

Since handmade leather oxford shoes are wardrobe investment pieces, it's important to care for them properly to ensure long-lasting beauty and durability. Here are a few precautions that you can take with your oxfords:

1. Waterproof the Shoes 

Unless you live in a very dry climate, such as a desert, consider waterproofing your leather oxfords to protect them from the natural elements. After six months, apply a waterproofing spray in a smooth, even application to avoid creating a streaky appearance. Allow the treatment to thoroughly dry before wearing the footwear.

2. Polish the Oxfords With a Conditioner 

Polishing your leather oxfords on a regular basis is a critical step in keeping them look their best. Simply choose a cream-style conditioner made for either leather or suede, and apply it to the shoes with a soft cloth in even strokes.

You can either use a neutral-hued cream that matches any type of leather or choose a color that matches the upper. The pigmented creams are particularly handy when your leather oxfords feature unsightly scratches or scrapes, as they will help fill them in. After polishing the shoes, allow the cream to completely dry and then polish the footwear with a brush to create a high shine. 

3. Proper Storage

When you don't plan to wear your leather shoes for long periods of time, you can store them on a wooden shoe tree to help them maintain their shape. Choose a tree made of cedarwood, which will act as a natural deodorizer. 

You can also store the oxfords in a shoe bag to prevent them from getting dusty. 


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