How To Care for your Leather Loafers


When it comes to preserving the life of your loafers, it is important to know how best to care for them. How should leather loafers be cleaned, and what products should be used.

In this blog, we’ll provide you with the ultimate footwear care tips, to ensure that your G.H. Bass & Co. loafers are well taken care of.

1. Storage

The method you use for storing your footwear plays a significant role in protecting the materials. Footwear, especially leather, does not do well in high moisture, and very hot/cold temperatures.

Therefore, you should always ensure that your footwear is stored in a temperature-controlled area so that it can remain cool and dry. Using the original shoe boxes is always a good idea since they often arrive with a moisture absorber in the box, the box allows for ample breathing room, and it is good protection from dust.

Alternatively, you can invest in storing methods that provide the same positive qualities as the original box, but better suits the design of your room, such as a shoe rack, or a shoe chest. If this is your preferred storage method, then don't forget to keep the moisture absorbers that arrive in shoe boxes and either, place them inside your loafers when they are not in use, or simply inside your footwear chest/rack.

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2. Cleaning Products

Ensuring that you are using the correct products for your leather loafers is essential. This means doing a little research and buying leather-specific cleaning products and tools.

Any dirt or mud on your footwear should be gently removed using a soft shoe brush or cloth. Thereafter you can go in with a damp cloth and clean away at the tougher stains.

Once you have removed all the dirt, go ahead, and polish your loafers with a leather wax polish. It is recommended to use a cloth so that you may achieve the best results.

It is always recommended to finish off the cleaning process by using a finishing spray. This protects your leather loafer by repelling dirt and water.

3. Common Mistakes

A common mistake that people make when caring for all their footwear, but especially leather footwear, is not cleaning them soon enough. Allowing your footwear to stand in any type of dirt (mud, grass grime) for a long period of time is not good, because this gives stains enough time to set, making it harder to remove in future.

A good rule of thumb is to clean your shoes after each use before storing them away. In cases where you are cleaning mud, it might be best to wait until it is dry.

Many people do not invest in the correct product applicators. To elaborate, using a brush with strong/hard bristles can result in scratches on your loafers. Also, remember to try and be gentle when brushing away at any dirt, because once again, you do not want scratches on your smart loafers.

Now that you have all the tips on how best to care for your leather loafers, it is time to pick out a style of footwear best suited for you. You can give our previous blog a read to see which loafers best suit your style, or, if you already know what you like, shop our classic Weejuns or Penny Loafers now.
Mboniseni Sanele, over 1 year ago

I love it