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Caring for Crepe SolesUpdated 6 months ago

We use a synthetic crepe wrap on the soles of our Palm Springs Chukkas. This means that they have the signature crepe look but are a little bit more durable than a traditional crepe sole. These soles are lightweight, gummy, and light in colour, meaning they will show dirt and wear more than a traditional black rubber lug sole. These gummy textured soles will provide bounce and grip on hard dry surfaces.

Similar to leather, many consider the visible wear and patina of crepe soles to be part of the charm! Here are some ways to keep your crepe-style shoes clean. Please keep in mind, these tips may not make your shoes look brand new again.

How to Clean Poppy Barley Crepe Soles

Grease removing detergent

Use a mild detergent to remove some of the grease and dirt from the shoe:

  1. Mix your choice of detergent with warm water.
  2. Use a sponge, cloth, or soft brush (such as the suede and nubuck brush or a toothbrush) to apply the detergent mix to the sole* and gently scrub off the dirt.
  3. Wipe the excess mixture off with a cloth

*Be careful to avoid getting the water and detergent mixture on the leather upper of the shoe, as this may damage or discolour it.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

  • We do not recommend using any kind of harsh chemicals or cleaners on the soles. This may degrade or damage the rubber
  • Remember that due to the gummy texture and light colour, the soles may change colour with wear. While it’s okay to clean them, you might not be able to get them back to mint condition.
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