CANO Shoes Care Instructions

HUARACHES

Our huaraches are handcrafted by artisans using smooth vegetable-tanned leather. We know you want to enjoy wearing your shoes as long as possible, so here is a full care guide to prolong their lifespan and keep them looking their best.

General Maintenance

Step 1. Cleaning
Use a clean, dry cloth to remove dirt and dust from your shoes. Don’t clean them with soap or water.

Step 2. Conditioning
Conditioning your huaraches helps maintain their shine. You can use leather care products such as gentle leather creams and neutral conditioners for light scratch removal, deeper stains, and regular maintenance.

Be sure to spot test your products beforehand.

Step 3. Storage
Appropriately storing your huaraches is one of the easiest ways to make them last long. Some things to consider:

Store your shoes with a shoehorn or tissue paper inside. This protects them from losing their shape.
Place them in a breathable cotton dust bag when not in use to avoid scratches. Avoid using plastic bags for storage.
Store away from direct sunlight, as this can cause the color to fade.
Keep away from heat sources (e.g. radiators), as these dry out the leather.

How to clean my natural rubber sole?

  1. Mix some warm water and a few drops of clear detergent (preferably an eco-friendly option to avoid extra water pollution)
  2. Make some foam and gently apply with a sponge or brush (if the dirt is hard to remove)
  3. Wash off with clean and cold water
  • You can also use curd soap if you prefer and apply it directly into the sole.
  • Be very careful not to get the leather wet or spill detergent on it, it might stain the leather or alter its natural color.
  • Do not use abrasive solvents because they might permanently damage the sole.

What to do if my Huaraches come in contact with water?

Leather is a very durable material, but it’s sensitive to moisture. Therefore, it’s best not to let your huaraches come in contact with water. However, we all know that sometimes we just can’t prevent it. You can use a waterproof spray to protect your huaraches from water and dust absorbance. If your huaraches do get wet, here are some things you can do:

  1. Manually wipe off any water with a soft towel or cloth.
  2. Stuff the inside of your shoes with newspaper and let your shoes air dry at room temperature.

We know that it is tempting to dry your huaraches in the sun or near a heat source, but make sure to keep them away from direct sun or heat sources such as hair dryers or fireplace as these can dry out your huaraches.

How to remove deep scratches?

Small scratches can be taken care of with a little polishing, but deep scratches require some more attention.

Carefully clean the area with a soft cloth and assess the surface. If the color is scratched but the surface is still intact, buff the scratch with a soft dry cloth and apply thin layers of a matching color balm. Then use a leather protector to prevent further scratching. If the surface is compromised, you can use a leather filler to restore the even finish. After that, you can buff and apply the color balm. If you’re not sure what to do, always contact an expert or take them to the local cobbler.

LEATHER BOOTS

All CANO boots are made of high-quality materials and artisan-made in Mexico. Of course, you want to enjoy wearing your leather boots as long as possible. Here is our product care page with tips to prolong your boots' lifespan and keep them looking their best.

We have both suede and smooth leather boots at CANO. These different materials have different care needs. So carefully look at what material your boots are before applying any of our recommendations.

SUEDE LEATHER BOOTS MAINTENANCE

To protect your suede boots, use a mild stain and water protection spray. Make sure it's specifically suitable for suede. You can clean your suede boots by using a soft suede brush to remove dust and dirt. If you need a little extra help, you can apply a short burst of steam. Do not use water.

Mark removal

Oily or greasy marks? These can be lifted out by applying cornflour overnight and gently brushing away the excess afterward. For tough stains, we advise using a dedicated suede cleaning product.

Water and oil damage

Water and oil can stain suede, so try to prevent water and oil contact. For light water contact, scroll down to ''What to do when your boots get wet''. If the damage is severe, we advise you to look into dry-cleaning solutions.

SMOOTH LEATHER BOOTS MAINTENANCE

Use a clean, dry cloth to remove dirt and dust from your boots. Don’t clean them with soap or water. Conditioning your boots helps maintain their original shine. You may use leather care products and gentle leather creams and neutral conditioners for light scratch removal, deeper stains, and regular maintenance. Be sure to always spot test your products beforehand. You can use a waterproof spray to protect your boots from water and dust absorbance.

Scratch removal

Small scratches can be taken care of with a little polishing, but deep scratches require some more attention. Carefully clean the area with a soft cloth and assess the surface. If the color is scratched but the surface is still intact, buff the scratch with a soft dry cloth and apply thin layers of a matching color balm. Then use a leather protector to prevent further scratching. If the surface is compromised, you can use a leather filler to restore the even finish. After that, you can buff and apply the color balm. If you’re not sure what to do, always contact an expert or take them to the local cobbler.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR BOOTS GET WET

  • Dry any water that you can right away with a soft cloth
  • Do not use a hairdryer as this will dry out the leather
  • Stuff the inside of your shoes with newspaper
  • Let your shoes air dry at room temperature, away from direct sun or heat, as these can dry out your boots
  • Apply a leather or suede cleaner and conditioner once they are dry
  • When they are completely dry, you can place cedar shoe trees in your boots to keep them from drying out and prevent wrinkling

STORAGE OF YOUR BOOTS

Appropriately storing your leather boots is one of the easiest ways you can prevent damage and maintain their quality.

Store your boots with a shoehorn or tissue paper inside. This keeps them from losing their shape and wrinkle. Place them in a breathable cotton dust bag (avoid using plastic bags!) when not in use to avoid scratches. Also keep in mind to store them away from direct sunlight and artificial heat sources (e.g. radiators) as these can cause the leather to fade, dry, and crack.