Leather is a natural material, therefore, it is important for it to be maintained before, and after each use. At Bisgaard, we use many different types of leather in our collections, as their single features make it possible for each shoe and detail to be unique.
We work primarily with 3 to 4 different types of plain leather, where they differentiate in terms of their structure, and thickness. The main reason for this is that, prewalker shoes do not need the same firmness as a high-shafted girl boot, for example. In addition to the plain leathers, we also like to use some fantasy leathers, such as snake, crocodile or glitter patterns. Nubuck and suede leathers are always part of our collection.
Our shoes are delivered to you, prepared to be used. We do, however, recommend that you impregnate the shoes before putting them to use. Remember to impregnate them regularly, and always use a spray without silicone. The impregnating product is not a care product, but it gives the shoe a protection coat. For all this reasons, remember to regularly take care of your shoes.
Make sure to clean your shoes after every use, as a way to ensure that there is no dirt on them. To clean your shoes, use a cloth – as the leather does not tolerate too much water, the cloth should not be wet.
To maintain your leather shoes, you can use shoe cream or leather grease. The shoe cream can be found both in neutral, or in colors that match the one from your shoes. Otherwise, you can use leather grease, which makes the leather soft and smooth again. Both maintenance products should be applied with a cotton cloth and well-polished into the leather.
Clean your shoes with a cloth – it will only be used to moisturize the leather. When the shoe is dry, you can eventually use a nubuck freshner, if you have nubuck shoes. If it is a suede shoe, we recommend a suede brush. When brushing your suede shoes, keep in mind that you should always brush the leather in the same direction in order not to ruin the material by giving different tonalities to your shoe. When you're done with brushing your shoes, apply a silicone spray as this will prevent water from staining the leather.
Shoes in polish need to be maintained carefully. As it is the leather that has a polished coating, it needs to be maintained in order for your kids to be able to wear the shoes for as long as possible. The shoes must be cleaned with a moist cloth. A specific cream for polished leathers can also be used. This cream makes the overcoat more flexible, and therefore, less prone to breaking. There are innumerous producers of shoe-care products – ask your local seller, or check the internet for the solution that matches your child's shoes the best.
Shoes or boots with a TEX-membrane should be maintained the same way as your leather shoes. Remember: always use an impregnating material without silicone – you can find special products for shoes and boots with a TEX membrane. Make sure that you always clean them after using them. If your boots are wet, do not set them on top of a radiator or warm platform. If your boots dry too fast, it can ruin the membrane and dry the leather. The TEX membrane allows for moisture to come out of the shoe, but it also allows for some moisture to come inside – it is a so-called semi-permeable membrane. A shoe with a TEX membrane, and an impregnated leather coat, can be the best choice for you child, in the winter months – however, a correctly impregnated, and well-maintained leather boot, without the membrane, can also be a good solution.
Rubber boots with natural rubber
Natural rubber is a strong material, which contains essential oils that will disappear as time goes by. Maintenance of natural rubber is therefore important. Maintaining your shoes is important to avoid seeing them dry out, losing color or cracking. This makes the rubber soft and flexible, and will increase its durability. Wash the boots in water, and dry them before impregnating them with special oils. Apply the impregnation with a soft cloth. Rubber boots should be regularly cleaned with water, checked for sand and dirt, and allowed to dry naturally.