Everyone has a favourite pair of shoes, and if yours are made of leather, then there is a need for you to maintain them so that they last you as long as possible. With proper care and maintenance, your favourite shoes can last you longer than you ever expected. The following is just some advice on how to best give them the care that they deserve.
Moulds can consist of one or more pieces. Folding the leather around the actual object for which a cover is being made, where the mould is the object, is an option when making a case for a gun, an arm guard in archery, a sheaf for a knife or eye-caps for binoculars. Use tacks to hold it in place while it dries.
You may find that you will need to wash your leather footwear once in a while because dirt may accumulate on them. The best thing to use in this case is saddle soap. Don’t scrub the surface, but rather apply the soap with a wet cloth and spread it carefully, making sure to clean away unwanted dust and dirt. Remove excess suds with a clean wet cloth gently and air dry the shoes thoroughly. You may apply newspaper to the insides to absorb excess moisture.
Fold a piece of paper into segments – as many segments as you want petals – as if you were cutting a paper snowflake, and cut out whatever petal shape you like. Open up the paper, and trace the flower shape you just cut out onto the reverse side of your leather, then cut out the shape with sharp scissors. Now repeat the process, this time making a smaller flower shape. Add as many layers as you want, then either glue them together, or punch holes right through and secure the layers together with a few stitches in waxed thread. A cute bead or button makes a nice centre for this type of flower.
Since fashion leather slippers come in a plethora of types you may choose from rough, polished, suede leather just to name a few of the many. While manufacturers are busy creating designs for slippers, comfort is really at the top of the list when they are making a design.
There is of course different types of Leather crafting workshop on the market, each changing the specs and qualities of the boots in question. Full grain leather is the toughest you can get. It is made from the entire thickness of a cows hide. Boots made from this are not very flexible but are more suited for extremely rocky terrain and dangerous terrain. In time, if not blisters, your feet will develop tougher skin to deal with this type of boot. A Gore-Tex layer improves comfort, but not a great amount.
Cowhide which is tanned with different types of vegetables is tanned with their chemicals and colors. Vegetables are helpful in shinning the leather, and the tannins and tree bark are used for making the cowhide tougher. Various colors in leather are made from different colored vegetables. Leather hides are sold according to the different shades of the color brown.
For unfinished leather, you will need saddle soap. Rub soap into leather with a damp cloth. Clean away lather with a damp cloth. Let air dry. Finish with a leather preservative like mink oil.