Sole Runner® barefoot shoes should be maintained like the any other shoe.
For our styles, we use high-quality fabrics and leather as uppers.
When selecting fabrics and leathers, we make sure that the materials are water repellent.
Learn more about how materials are made hydrophobic and wha the difference is between waterproof and water-repellent check our Q&A site.
Nowadays, a wide variety of leathers are used for shoe uppers. Often it is not easy to distinguish between the different types of leather. In general, a distinction is made between pigmented smooth leather (surface-dyed), open-pore smooth leather (aniline leather), greasy leather and suede leather (nubuk, suede). We do not use pigmented leathers. These leathers are the most common, but the surface coloring covers the natural grain pattern.
Our leathers are colored throughout. With these so-called aniline leathers, the natural grain pattern is preserved. With this type of dyeing, the natural character of the leather is retained and is visible.
Of course, the leather expert in production tries to use leathers with the same appearance, so that the left and the right shoe look the same.
You can also recognize these leathers by the fact that the inside of the leather is also dyed. Since we use water soluble dye, it is possible that certain leathers, when wet from the outside or even from the inside, may stain slightly.
Smooth leather can be easily cared for with a polish and the water-repellent properties should be refreshed from time to time with the help of a waterproofing spray.
A nubuk or suede leather should not be polished. A spray is sufficient and with the somewhat rougher for sued we recommend to treat the material additionally with a suede brush.
These brushes are available in rubber or with a wire/plastic combination. Due to the incorporated wire, you should not use this brush for smooth leather or nubuk leather, because this gives scratches in the upper material.
The care products we offer can be found under care. Due to their somewhat rough properties, suede or nubuk leather are very easy to maintain and give the shoe a very special, almost velvety look.
Our shoes made of fabric can be easily cleaned with water. Except for a few models, they are synthetic materials that absorb little moisture and ensure quick drying. We wear our shoes with mesh uppers during water sports or sometimes during a river hike.
Some models are made of a cotton canvas upper. Cotton likes no moisture, so you should use water sparingly here.
The material descriptions are always on the article. It is also important with fabric shoes to maintain them again with a waterproofing spray to refresh the properties.
Please note that leather is a natural product. Spraying opens the pores and allows the waterproofing liquid to soak in. Therefore, it is recommended to impregnate leather shoes a few hours before wearing.