The majority of the leather I use is from the Charles F. Stead tannery in Leeds, England. Established in 1891 and renowned as one of the best tanneries in the world, they create much sought after artisan leathers. Full grain, top shelf quality hides lovingly created, much like the footwear I make with it. Choosing a colour will be the hardest part of ordering, so do study your wardrobe to see what would best suit and keep an eye out for stock. Gnome colours will of course be Brown and Green with rich red accessories to complete the look. Excellent all round winners for me, which will go with anything are: Cocoa, Aubergine, Nut or Indigo, but basically... brown in any shade is a winner.
Being a natural product, scuffs, scars and variations will occur across the hide. This is especially evident in the *antiqued leathers which I select specifically for this reason. They offer instant aged beauty getting even better over time. Each collection has it's own particular characteristics and change constantly as many hides are limited edition.
Always make sure that your shoes are kept well polished to avoid unnecessary wear. Any good polish will do, my preference being old fashioned dubbin (very sticky to apply) which I leave overnight to soak in. Coconut oil is also a favourite. Polishing your shoes will darken the finish on all leathers apart from the satin finish ones. The *antiqued finish leathers will lighten with wear as the waxes and oils in the leather are displaced. It's a useful indicator that a jolly good polish is needed to replenish both the colour and the finish. If there is any fading then you can use a tinted shoe cream available in shoe shops or online.
Do not be shy about using your faerysteps for extreme weather conditions. They are capable of tackling all seasons. Mine have gone boulder hopping at the seaside and the Moors, as well as running and rambling. I clean off the mud, pop them somewhere lukewarm (not on a radiator), and when dry I give them a good coat of dubbin. The ribbons even get a wash in the sink with warm water and hand soap. My shoes are then ready for the next adventure.
BAREFOOT COMFORT SOLING
We believe that your shoes should feel just like slippers, all day, every day, and our shoes do just that. With all leather interiors your new shoes will naturally give with wear, gradually moulding to your feet and offering glove like comfort.
We use a very durable, highly flexible, lightweight, cushioned, non slip soling. There is no heel, just like Mother nature intended, with the soling offering a good level of bounciness and protection. When the time comes your shoes can be resoled by your local cobbler, thus extending the life of your beloveds and avoiding landfill sites.