No. 3
Shoe and Leather Care

Shoe- and
Leather Care

High-quality leather shoes are like a second skin and need proper care. Our guide to shoe and leather care contains various tips and tricks when it comes to caring for shoes made from different types of leather.

What should I do with wet shoes? How can I remove de-icing salt stains from shoes ? How can I make my soles less slippery? What can I do if there are scratches on the leather? How often should I polish my shoes? Do my shoes actually need a break from being worn? What is the best way to take care of leather shoes?

Many questions, and we have the answers to make sure you can enjoy your bugatti shoes for an even longer time to come.

Before you were your shoes for the first time

As soon as you have bought your new women’s or men’s leather shoes, you should waterproof them. Applying a waterproofing spray is an important step towards making your shoes last longer. Please remember that there are various waterproofing sprays for different materials and leather types. Applying a waterproofing spray will generally protect your shoes from dirt and moisture, and also makes your regular cleaning routine easier. You should apply the waterproofing spray to every part of the shoe: It should therefore also be applied to the soles and the heels. Do your shoes pinch at the back whilst you are still “breaking them in”? See “Tips & Tricks” for advice on what to do.

Shoe tip No. 1
You should always break a new pair of shoes in carefully before wearing them all day!

Leather Care

Smooth leather shoes should generally be cleaned with a horsehair brush. A soft brush or a cloth should be used for fine leathers. Shoe cream or so-called leather milk are perfect for protecting smooth leather shoes. Either should be applied every eight to ten weeks. Shoe creams and dubbins contain waxes and oils that penetrate the leather evenly once the water content has evaporated, thereby preventing dirt from getting into the leather. If you are short of time, you can also use instant shoeshine to clean your smooth leather shoes. This does away with the need to polish them afterwards.

Leather shoes made from nubuck leather have a high natural wax and fat content. Special sponges are available to clean nubuck shoes, along with crepe or rubber brushes. Nubuck leather should never be rubbed. Brush the leather lightly with a brush. Special waxes are available to maintain its condition. They are particularly gentle and may also have a waterproofing effect. Finish your cleaning routine by polishing the leather shoes lightly with a soft cloth.

Suede shoes should never be cleaned with shoe creams or polish! Clean suede shoes by carefully brushing them against the grain with a rubber or brass bristle wire brush. This is usually sufficient to remove stains and rough dirt. Remove persistent stains on suede leather by carefully rubbing them with very fine sandpaper. Sticky stains are best removed with a very fine steel bristle wire brush. However, this must be done very, very carefully. After cleaning, suede can be protected with a spray – use a special suede waterproofing spray to protect open-pored suede. 

How to put on Shoes and take them off

  • Your shoes will last longer if you undo the laces or buckles properly before you put them on or take them off.

Using a shoehorn to do so is helpful in two ways, as it makes it easier to put the shoes on and also puts less stress on the back of your shoes. If you don’t, they may soon show damage. Using a shoehorn will make your bugatti shoes last considerably longer. Never put one foot on the heel or the back of the shoe to pull the other foot out. 

This could damage the back of the shoe or even lead to the heel coming off. If you are experiencing difficulties with putting your shoes on and taking them off, you can also use a boot jack to help you.

Regular Shoe Care

  • and tear and therefore need to be cleaned and cared for on a regular basis.


It is essential that you regularly clean your bugatti shoes to be able to enjoy them for as long as possible! You should always include the soles and heels in the cleaning process. The first step in your shoe care routine should be to remove any surface dust and dirt with a brush or a soft cloth. You should never polish shoes that are not clean! Then apply shoe cream, wax or dubbin with a cloth and polish them for extra shine. Finally, apply waterproofing spray. Small scratches can easily be removed with suitable shoe wax. Use a fine brush to polish shoes which have been treated with shoe cream afterwards until shiny. 

All care products and also the waterproofing spray should be left on the shoes for the amount of time stated in the respective manufacturer’s instructions. As there are many different types of leather, care should be taken to treat each leather appropriately. Shoe creams etc. and also waterproofing sprays protect your shoes from dirt and moisture. However, using the right shoe care products may make your shoe care routine easier but can never replace it. See the “leather care” section for all of our tips on how to care for leather.

After Wearing

Once you have taken your warm and usually slightly damp shoes off, you should put shoe trees into them straight away. A wooden or foam shoe tree speeds up the drying process and can also remove some odours. The tension helps the shoes to keep their shape and also reduces creases in the leather caused by walking in them.     

Shoe tip No. 2
You should treat your shoes to a break after wearing them – it is a good idea to leave them to breathe for a day before wearing them again.

Tips & Tricks

Your Shoes pinch?

Use a very small hammer; you also need a soft cloth and something round to put inside the back of the shoe. A full plastic bottle which you can push against the back of the shoe is a suitable “filler”. Once you have “filled” the back of the shoe from the inside, cover the section that pinches with the cloth from the outside.

The cloth will protect the leather from scratching. Now grab the shoe, the bottle and the cloth firmly in one hand. Gently the tap the leather with the hammer. Check the back of the shoe from time to time to see whether it has been softened enough to pinch no longer.

De-Icing Salt and Water stains?

Remove persistent de-icing salt stains from real leather shoes with milk or buttermilk. The lactic acid in the milk neutralises the salt crystals. Put a little bit of milk onto a cotton cloth and carefully rub over the sections affected. Synthetic leather shoes can be cleaned with a damp cloth. 

Snow or water marks can be removed by rubbing half a freshly cut onion, a peeled potato or half a lemon over the affected area.

Use a special rubber stain eraser to remove unsightly stains from suede shoes. After a stain removal treatment, it is important to clean leather shoes with a suitable shoe cream and to apply a suitable waterproofing spray.

Wet & Slippery Shoes?

The golden rule for wet shoes: Never dry wet shoes with a hair drier, or put them next to a radiator or in full sunshine to dry! Carefully line wet shoes with newspaper as this will absorb the moisture which the leather has absorbed from your feet. Repeat, if necessary. However, care should be taken as wet leather can lose its shape and using too much newspaper may result in unsightly bumps. Remove the paper and leave the shoes to dry on wooden shoe trees. 

Slippery soles can make shoes very uncomfortable to wear. To minimise the risk of slipping, you can make the soles slightly rougher by carefully rubbing them with sandpaper. This is a particularly good idea for leather soles.

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