Gea Soles products are made with high quality vegetable tanned leather, a natural material which needs some maintenance and care.
To maintain and extends the useful life of the product it is recommended to clean and apply some conditioner to the leather occasionally.
The conditioning can be done with commercialized products for leather care or with natural products like oils or animal fats and wax. Wax is recommended for a more waterproof leather.
The conditioning of the upper depends on the frequency of use. If it is a daily use footwear, it should be conditioned once a month (just an approximation).
Leather soles are great to be grounded but it is a natural material exposed to a heavy use and needs some cares and precautions when wearing it:
- It's not recommended to use the leather soles in wet surfaces because leather absorbs water and using them when wet will damage the material shortening its life. Also, it is not recommended the extended use on abrasive surfaces like gravel or stone, because it can wear away the sole prematurely.
- Leather soles have low grip, especially on wet or polished surfaces, so they can be slippery.
- Maintenance is made by applying a leather conditioner, just like the upper. For a daily use the soles should be conditioned once every two weeks (just an approximation).