Put your best foot forward by keeping your shoes afresh
Dirty, scuffed or stained leather shoes can be disinfected, deep cleaned, conditioned. and waterproofed for protection. This involves removing any marks or stains on the leather with extractive techniques before restoring the surface or nap with cleaning and conditioning agents.
SHOE SHINE / POLISH
We start with a deep cleaning to remove any existing products, followed by conditioning that soaks into the leather to rehydrate. Finally, we apply a full edge and heel refinishing and shine. Wax polish will be used to bring the leather to a high or mirror shine.
A complete patina transformation of the uppers of the shoes. The original finish and colour of the shoes are stripped, before being transformed to your desired colour using leather dyes. The shoes are conditioned and finished using cream and wax polishes.
The cleaning process starts with a deep Suede Shampoo for very deep cleaning. After drying, a suede cleaning brush is used to re-fluff the surface and restore the natural, even texture. Finally, we’ll apply a waterproofing spray to protect your suede from the elements.
BRUSHING, WEAR AND TEAR
HALF RUBBER SOLE PROTECTORS
Vibram rubber protective soles are affixed to the front half of the soles. The purpose of the rubber is to provide slip resistance, water tightness and preserve the leather. Protective soles can also be applied as a cost-effective leather sole repair option as opposed to replacing the full soles.
HALF / FULL LEATHER RESOLING
We will replace worn/damaged soles with new half or full leather soles. New leather soles will first be handcrafted to match the profile of the original leather soles. Afterwards, the soles are attached to the uppers and are smoothed, waxed, and finished with an edge dressing.
RUBBER SOLE REPAIR / RESOLING
The rubber soles are replaced with either flat rubber or pre-moulded sole units. A section of colour-matched Vibram rubber is selected and crafted to match the profile of the original soles. The rubber is lightly sanded and an adhesive is applied for attaching to the upper.
HEEL REPAIR / REPLACEMENT
When the heels show signs of wear, the rubber needs to be replaced. A section of colour-matched rubber is measured and cut to the dimensions of the original heels. An adhesive is applied and the rubber is attached to the heel blocks. The new heels are smoothed and professionally finished with a stain.
HEEL PIECE RECOVERING / WRAPPING
The leather that covers the heel pieces is prone to scuffs, marks and tears and may require replacement. Worn heel piece coverings can be recrafted from matching leather and used to 're-wrap' the heels. The new leather coverings can then be redyed or recoloured to match the originals.
HEEL TIP REPLACEMENT
There are rubber tips attached to the ends of the heel pieces. When the tips show signs of wear, the rubber needs to be replaced. New rubber tips are selected to match the heel pieces. The tips are attached, smoothed and the heel pieces are professionally finished with a renovator to tidy up any scuffs, marks or imperfections.
ELASTICS REPAIR / REPLACEMENT
Types of elastics include straps, leather-covered or slingback elastics and the elastics used for boot gussets. Worn, stretched or damaged elastics can be recrafted from matching material before being refitted to the shoes or boots.
INSOLE REPLACEMENT / LINING REPAIR
Worn, damaged or deteriorated linings can be relined with matching leather or material. Worn or deteriorated insoles can be recrafted from a matching section of leather and redyed to replicate the originals. A layer of foam padding can be added to the insoles for comfort and support.
PATCH / REINFORCE
A layer of supporting matching material or leather is used to reinforce any holes between the soles and uppers or tears in the shoes. The new layer is used to reinforce and strengthen the area from an unexposed side.
HARDWARE REPAIR / REPLACEMENT
New hardware is selected to match the design of the shoes or boots. Examples may include eyelets, buckles and studs. It is important to note that some hardware is proprietary of certain brands. In such cases our craftsmen can replace the hardware with something of similar aesthetics and quality.
COLOUR RESTORATION / RECOLOURING / DYEING
For discolouration, deep stains, and scratches, or to change the colour of leather shoes. The dye is custom-matched and the finish reapplied before the leather is nourished and waterproofed to prevent colour migration. Our dyes are applied by hand for a natural and refined finish.
WHITENING BOOST / BLACKOUT
Formulated specially to treat and unyellow Boost midsoles (Ultraboost, NMDs) as well as selected rubber midsoles (Air Max, Jordans, etc.). If you're tired of the plethora of white Boost iterations, consider blacking out Boost midsoles. A matte finish coating is added on it to seal the paint and lock in the colour.
SUSTAIN, PROTECT AND COMFORT
Professional water protection and stain resistance for suede and leather. Nano coating makes your item water-resistant and protects against water-based stains. You may also need to follow up with this coating treatment every six months or so as the resistance may not last. We only apply high-quality silicon-free waterproofing agents that do not change the colour or complexion of the leather while strengthening the fibres and creating a water protective barrier.