With proper care, your Joab shoes should age gracefully. Over time, as the water buffalo inner sole moulds to your feet, the outer rubber sole may pull away, this is normal. The sole can easily be replaced by any cobbler worth their salt.
Leather: If it’s superficial, first clean off any surface dust or dirt, then wipe with a warm damp cloth. If there is significant damage or soiling, consult a competent cobbler.
Nubuck/Suede: Brush away any surface dust or dirt, then use an eraser or nubuck/suede cleaner to remove the problem areas. Consult a competent cobbler if its bad.
Leather: We recommend using leather conditioner on your Joab shoes regularly, or whenever they appear lacklustre. Our preferred shoe tonic is Joab Leather Liniment, although any good leather conditioner will suffice.
Waterproofing: You can use a spray, oil or other repellent from any good shoe shop for a water repellent coating. We recommend testing a small patch area first as, depending on the repellent, it may cause slight discolouration.
Any leather conditioner may affect a subtle change in the colour of your shoes. This is normal, but test first in an inconspicuous area to make sure you are happy with the outcome.
Nubuck/Suede: Lightly brushing your shoes with a suede/nubuck brush is the best way to care for them. Do not use any leather conditioners or ointments on suede/nubuck material.
Waterproofing: You can use a protector or repellent from any good shoe shop to give your shoes a water repellent coating. We recommend testing a small patch area first as, depending on the repellent, it may cause slight discolouration.
Joab shoes will generally be fine if they get wet, as long as you don’t get caught in a tropical thunderstorm.
To dry them properly, remove any excess water from the outside using a dry cloth. Then use newspaper or a dry cloth to absorb the moisture from the inside of the shoe. Lastly, allow the shoes to dry away from direct sunlight or direct heat sources to avoid shrinkage.