The finest Glove Suede
What is Glove Suede?
Developed completely bespoke in-house to create the perfect suede leather for our footwear, our Glove suede is our creamy soft suede used on our loafer designs that require a very light lining. These leathers create such buttery soft loafers with a nap so velvety you can draw patterns simply by running your finger along it. The leathers are sourced exclusively for us using only a special selection of European Calf leather from the finest tanneries in Northern Italy. In doing so we are able to handcraft the highest quality Glove suede shoes.
Our Glove suede, a craftsman’s masterpiece, is a type of split suede in which the underside full grain of the leather is separated from the top “full grain” leather leaving an incredibly soft and smooth skin of silky leather. After this, the leather goes through an intricate and exacting tanning process whereby amongst other things, high-quality oils are added. These oils are essential in protecting the leather and making it water resistant whilst creating a more supple and high sheen leather.
Why is Glove Suede Used?
By splitting the suede, it creates a supple leather with extremely soft nap and the ability to create a wider range of more intricate and complex colours which can be lightly lined. Being a touch more sturdy, our Glove suede is a great choice for both the colder and warmer periods of the year. Our glove suede leather provides long lasting comfort and durability throughout all seasons.
How is care for glove suede?
High quality Glove suede is much more resilient and practical than one might perceive despite its velvety soft finish. Suede is very easy to care for, once you know how but it is important to invest the time to care for your shoes.
After heavy use, always allow your loafers to rest, inserting cedar wood shoe trees or newspaper to wick any sweat or moisture out of the leather. Once the shoes are completely dry, use a soft suede brush to lightly brush the suede without damaging the nap.
When your Sagan's do get dirty, use a high-quality suede brush and brush gently to remove any dirt or dust from the suede fibers. A suede brush with brass wire bristles can further be used to remove more stubborn marks. Make sure to only brush gently in one direction from the back of the shoe towards the tip to prevent damaging the suede fibers. Do not brush or scrub the suede vigorously as this will damage the fine suede hairs. This type of suede brush allows for a deeper clean without damaging the fine nap.
Never apply water to remove dirt as this will cause the dirt to stick to the nap of the suede.
Is Glove Suede Waterproof?
High quality suede is far more tough and water repellent than most might appreciate. Do not be misled by its soft velour like finish, the water resistancy is embedded in the actual leather. During our tanning processes, natural oils are added to the skins which amongst other things results in the suede being water repellent. Should you find your shoes do get wet; they are very easy to care for once you know how.
If by any chance your shoes do get wet, you may roll-up some paper and insert it inside the shoes or use our cedar-wood shoe trees to wick the moisture and let them dry at room temperature, away from any direct heat source. Once the shoes are completely dry, use a soft suede brush to lightly brush the suede without damaging the nap.
All our Glove suede loafers are pre-treated with a water-resistant layer. However, we would recommend reapplying a Super Invulner suede spray, such as Saphir Medaille D'Or Invulner, every 6 months to ensure the suede is not damaged due to water exposure.