FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW TO TAKE PROPER CARE OF ZDA PARTIZÁNSKE FOOTWEAR?
WHAT MATERIALS DO WE USE IN THE PRODUCTION OF ZDA SHOES?
Use the shoes in a manner preventing excessive dirt and quick wear. Take them off after the use in a way that preserves their shape. Make sure your shoes do not soak.
Leather – is the most widely used natural material with perfect properties. It adapts to the shape of the foot, it is soft, permeant, has good absorption properties, but is not fully resistant to the effects of external moisture. It is necessary to take regular care of these shoes when used. Coloured linings and shoe insoles or shoes without an inner lining are part of the fashionable look of the shoes and after soaking or excessive sweating may colour stockings or feet. Uneven grain side line, partial variation of colour tone and notable natural marks (scars, wrinkles) are not a defect, but emphasize natural origin of leather.
Smooth leather – Remove dirt from shoes with soft, damp (not wet) cloth or brush and let dry. Then apply cream of a same tone and polish. For occasional maintenance, a self-polishing sponge can be used, which, however, has only a visual effect but does not nourish leather. Therefore, it is not suitable for long-term care.
Patent leather – a smooth glossy surface is achieved by a varnished finish. The surface is very sensitive to mechanical damage, soaking, frost and chemicals. Therefore, remove dirt with a soft, damp (not wet) cloth and apply appropriate cream for patent leather and polish.
Suede leather – velour/nubuck – leather rubbed on a grain side or flesh side or, to put it simply, rubbed leather turned around to the flesh side – is velour. Velour is furrier, while nubuck is more ‘velvety’. Shoes should be cleaned and at the same time the hair surface needs to be revitalized with a suede brush. Then apply a suede brush, which will revive the colour (may also be colourless). It is necessary to cure the footwear with an impregnation spray for suede leather that improves water resistance. Never soak or use creams with suede leather shoes.
Other leather types – there are many commonly used leather types. For example, leather with various colour effects or special surface finishes. The common feature of these leathers is that their properties may change during use. For example, these may include leathers with variously disrupted surface finish of a grain side. The grain side finish cracks further during wearing and the most stressed parts of the shoe upper are subject to peeling and exposure of the material surface. The rate of progress of the phenomenon described depends on the frequency of wearing the shoes. Therefore, the shoes can relatively quickly gain patina and a characteristic “used” fashionable look. Such change is desirable and by no means is a manifestation of a defect. Do not cream or polish the footwear. Use an impregnation spray. Do not contaminate shoes, as dirt is difficult to remove from the surface.
Textile – used for lighter, mostly summer but also for fashion and high fashion footwear. These shoes usually have a shorter, seasonal life. Cure dry with a brush and spray with a textile impregnation spray.
Rubber – stable material. Wash with water containing detergent and wipe dry.
HOW TO REMOVE WATER STAINS FROM SHOES?
Dampen with steam or fine sprayer, do not wipe and let dry at room temperature. Then wipe with a damp (not wet) sponge and apply cream that matches the product’s tone. Leather may darken but stains will disappear. There are specially designed preparations for removing water stains. Depending on the intensity of use, cure 2 to 3 times per year with a cream that matches footwear tone. Pen stains can be removed with a cotton swab soaked in a 1:1 mixture of alcohol and water. Sprinkle new oily stains with magnesite or chalk dust and allow 24 hours to rest. Suede and nubuck products are particularly sensitive to soaking, which may cause a partial removal of colour from hair surface.
Principles of proper maintenance, care and use of footwear or…
HOW TO AVOID A CLAIM NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL?
When putting shoes on, in particular shoes with a closed heel make sure shoes are sufficiently unlaced or loosen them otherwise at instep.
After taking shoes off, we recommend to stretch and lay off the shoes, so that the product preserves its shape.
It is not recommended to wear shoes in rainy weather.
Shoes must be dried and aired out after each use.
Using non-dried shoes causes excessive wear.
Footwear made of leather, synthetic materials or textile is not resistant to moisture penetration in rain and snow even after using an impregnation spray.
Suitable impregnation only increases its resistance to moisture penetration for a short time.
Prior to the first use, impregnate (cream, spray) the footwear and perform further care as needed.
A winter spreading material has a very negative effect on footwear, as these chemicals disrupt the structure of materials, cause expansion and formation of white stains and maps. In case of soaking with spreading material, remove snow and salts from the shoes. Let dry and impregnate.
Ecological requirements force the manufacturer to use non-aggressive colours and, for this reason, footwear may partially lose colour.
Uneven grain side line and partial surface variation are characteristic of natural leather.
Never wash textile or other footwear that does not have the washing symbol in the attached leaflet. After soaking and action of washing powders, a surface finish is damaged, sole is deformed, sole and upper may unstick, lining may detach, making shoes unusable and causing the entitlement to claim to lapse.
By early basic maintenance or replacement of worn parts (sole, insole, laces) you can prevent further damage to your footwear, which as such cannot be the subject of a claim – it is a basic maintenance, the cost of which is covered by a customer.
Footwear must be selected so that it can be perfectly fixed with laces, straps etc. Insufficient foot fixation in a shoe results in uplift and front-rear shift, significantly shortening durability of a lining and insoles.
Most soles are not resistant to chemicals such as petrol, diesel, oil etc. Contact with these and similar substances may cause damage to your shoes.
Colour tones of upper parts may be caused by sunlight or dust. You can prevent this by using colourless creams and sprays.
White materials may turn yellow during use.
TYPES OF FOOTWEAR BY THE PURPOSE OF USE
When you buy new shoes, it is necessary to determine the purpose of their use. It is logical that one type of shoes cannot be used for all activities. The appearance of a product can be often misleading (for example, not all sport-looking shoes are designed for sport or not all shoes sold in winter are made to be worn in snow).
for wearing on local communications or in rooms. They are characterized by a classical design without distinctive fashion elements. Durability and convenience are usually more important for them than fashion.
for wearing on local communications in winter. They have a high level of thermal insulation properties. Often they have a warm hair lining and marked anti-slip sole design.
for short-term wearing, e.g. on local communications, in vehicles, rooms etc. Due to their design and material composition they are intended, designed and produced for use in undemanding conditions. Paramount for them is appearance and finish, not durability. They are characterized by current fashion trends, which at the same time shorten their life. Such shoes are not intended for frequent but rather for occasional wearing. If you decide to wear them every day, it is necessary to pay extra attention to the condition of the sole, upper and thorough care of the shoes.
HIGH FASHION SHOES
for short-term wearing. Materials and designs are selected with emphasis on latest fashion trends. For these shoes, everything is secondary to their appearance and aesthetic value. The use of non-standard structures causes rapid wear, while their durability is reduced and can be significantly shorter than their warranty period. These shoes are designed mainly for dry conditions and it is necessary to prevent their soaking, soiling and other negative, in particular mechanical impacts. They are designed for occasional wearing.
are shoes on which special demands are placed, characterized by adapting to a child’s foot that has distinctive features. Shoes must fit well in the insole and in the width and should have a small gap of about 10 mm. Kid’s shoes should have a spacious, ideally round toe box and a firm, solid heel. Child’s foot grows rapidly so it needs to be frequently measured to avoid irreversible orthopaedic changes.