How to naturally clean your leather sandals

 Post cleaning. Still slight wear marks but that's all a natural part of weather real leather.

Post cleaning. Still slight wear marks but that's all a natural part of weather real leather.

Our leather sandals are made of vegetable tanned leather. Whilst this is a non-negotiable choice for us, as it is far better for the environment, we are aware that it can show marks or absorb naturally occurring oils much more noticeably than other types of leather. However, we feel this is a fair trade off and something that can be easily remedied using a few products that you most likely have around the house. More information about vegetable tanned leather here 

To clean 

3 parts Apple Cider Vinegar

1 part filtered water

Twill fabric or lint free cleaning cloth

Mix vinegar with water. Lightly dampen cloth and rub gently, in a circular motion, over soiled parts of leather. Do not saturate the leather with vinegar/water mix. Continue working on the stain until all the dirt is lifted off.  Let dry for 24 hrs.

You will need to recondition and protect your sandals once you are happy with the results.

To Condition

Oil based leather conditioner

Beeswax leather protector

We suggest using a product that combines both. We have previously used olive oil to condition some of our leathers but as kangaroo leather is quite fine, we have begun using Renapur Leather Balsam which is a combination conditioner/protector. We have found it works beautifully on our sandals and is does not darken the leather. Remember, a very little bit goes a long way!

Happy Cleaning!

Monica Arce Garcia