Zeha Berlin shoes are made of high-quality material. To ensure you can enjoy your new shoes for a long time, care instructions are included with every shoe box. Please read them carefully. Complaints resulting from improper care of the material cannot be accepted.
BEFORE WEARING FOR THE FIRST TIME
We recommend that you impregnate new shoes before wearing them for the first time. This creates a waterproof layer inside the material. It also provides protection against moisture and dirt.
Apply a fine spray three times and let the shoes dry completely in between spraying to prevent stains. The shoe must not become soaked through.
Do not forget the soles and edges when caring for your shoes.
For smooth leather shoes we recommend additional polishing after impregnation. The shoe polish protects and shines the leather from the outside.
- polish residues that remain on the shoe quickly become caked. This makes the leather look as if it is cracked.
- shoes made of suede or nubuck leather do not tolerate waxes, greases or shoe polishes. The surfaces should be treated when dry with a soft brush and a suitable care spray
- especially deep colors and light-colored models (e.g. Liga 855.0992) require careful and regular impregnation of the leather to protect the shoe’s color. This avoids color loss due to moisture and the discoloration of other (brighter) pieces of leather and/or garments. Detailed care instructions are included with every delivery.
PUTTING ON AND TAKING OFF SHOES CORRECTLY
A shoehorn should always be used to put on shoes. This prevents damage to the material and extends its durability as a result.
Shoes should be taken off by hand. When taking off shoes, never loosen them from the heel with the tip of your foot. This will damage the heel cup and the shoe will wear out.
WEARING BREAKS AND MOISTURE
Leather is a natural material that is stressed by damp weather and mechanical activity.
We therefore recommend shoe trees made of cedar or beech wood during wearing breaks. Shoe trees smooth out creases and support the drying process of the shoe.
Wet shoes should be dried off immediately with a soft cloth and filled with paper towels/newspaper. Moisture is absorbed, the shoes are kept in shape. Then allow to dry slowly at room temperature.
Never expose the shoes to a direct source of heat (heating, open fire, etc.). Heat will make the leather brittle and dries it out irreparably.
Protect the shoes as well from direct light to prevent colour losses.
CARE OF THE LEATHER SOLES
The sole leather is naturally abrasion-resistant. During wear, it is automatically compressed and becomes water-repellent on its own. However, no other leather on the shoe is subject to as much stress as the sole leather. In order to provide lasting protection, the leather soles should be impregnated with leather sole oil at regular intervals. This keeps the leather soles flexible and increases their life.
Any production-related protruding thread ends are harmless and can be carefully removed by means of a flame (lighter).
CARE OF CREPE SOLES
Crepe soles offer particularly pleasant special wearing comfort due to their elasticity and softness. They are sturdy and long-lasting. As this is a genuine natural product, the soles should not be exposed to any extreme environmental influences. Contact with petrol or similar solvents should also be avoided as they will damage the surface.
Crepe soles are open-pored. In everyday life, therefore, they will collect dust from their surroundings. This natural patina gives the shoe its individual character.
- Cleaning crepe soles with grease-dissolving detergent
We recommend dissolving colourless dishwashing detergent in warm water and carefully creating a foam with it on the sole with a sponge. Coarser dirt is brushed out with a brush (e.g. toothbrush) and then washed off with clear water.
- Cleaning the crepe soles with curd soap
Moisten the crepe sole with warm water before cleaning. Apply the soap either directly to the sole or by means of a sponge. Then rub in. The subsequent procedure is equivalent to cleaning with a grease-dissolving detergent.
Shoes are subject to the natural wear and tear of everyday life. Regular and thorough care can delay the need for repair work. Repair requirements can also be identified earlier through proper care. Worn-out heels, outsoles, sole tips or heel linings should be replaced at an early stage in order to protect the surrounding material. We recommend that you consult a specialist company that is familiar with the repair requirements. The work of professionals is more durable and of better quality.