Although caring for these leathers requires some skill and specialized tools, effective products are available to maintain the beauty and softness of these sought-after materials and to offer suede protection from damp and dirty environments. Spray-on waterproofing
compounds can help suede and nubuck resist the damage that water or other liquids can cause, and also can protect from mud or soil. We carry several options that prepare your fine napped leathers well to resist moisture and dirt.
A professional fitter will know whether a particular shoe is just not appropriate and will either guide you to one that will fit better or will suggest a variety of post-factory accessories that can adapt the shoe to improve the fit. In cases where you just need a little more room, Valentino Garemi
may be able to assist with specialized products that actually help stretch leather
, often providing all the modification that is needed.
When you fell in love with your leather footwear, apparel or accessories, you did not purchase them for just a season -- you invested in quality you hoped to enjoy for years. When cared
for and stored properly, your fine leathers will be your faithful companions for many seasons, truly an affordable luxury.
What is the best way to store your precious leathers when the seasons change? Although it may be tempting just to toss the winter boots to the back of the closet and hang the leather jacket on the nearest hook, a little time and thought now will ensure your leather attire will be refreshed and ready when next the wind blows cold and the snow flies. You have invested much in your leather wardrobe, and we gathered some wise advice to keep that investment returning dividends to you for many years into the future.
Suede is a special type of leather, created when a full hide is split and the interior fibers are exposed. Because suede is not full-grain, it is thinner and more fragile than other leathers. It also has a unique texture, not smooth but napped, and is very soft and supple. The nap can range from a tightly packed, velvety feel, with short, plush fibers, to a rougher more casual look, with longer fibers. Another variety of suede is produced by abrading smooth leather until the characteristic nap results. This manufactured napped leather is known as nubuck, and is typically more durable than the split-hide as it is thicker, but it is usually more expensive.
You don’t travel in just one season or one type of weather or for one purpose. Your personal style could be dancing in the moonlight on a Rhine cruise or trekking the African bush to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Pack the right footwear
for the conditions and the activities your expecting and then pack along a handy small shoe care travel kit
or just treat it home before traveling with some shoe care
conditioners and waterproofing
. If conditions won’t be much different than home, pick your shoes for comfort and travel with one of the conveniently sized Shoe Care Travel Kits offered by Valentino Garemi. Go online to investigate our wide range of leather care and shoe care products and assemble the travel kit that works for you.