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Shoe Care Instructions

With proper maintenance and care, you can help your Dr. Comfort® shoes and orthotics last longer. From full-grain leather and Lycra® shoes to heat molded and custom insoles, here’s everything you need to know to polish, break-in, condition, and care for your Dr. Comfort products.

Break-In Period for Shoes with Heat Molded or Custom Inserts
(MEDICARE Covered Inserts)

In order to ensure that your shoes become a functioning extension of your pedorthic medical care, please follow these instructions:

  1. When you arrive home, place your new shoes (with the inserts in them) on your feet (with socks) and wear them for 30 to 60 minutes – only on carpeting at first.
  2. Remove your shoes and socks to look for any areas of redness on your foot (ask a family member for assistance, if necessary).
  3. Once you have verified that the shoes do not rub your skin (absence of redness), wear your shoes around your home for a day or two; check again for areas of redness.
  4. Once you (or your family member) have verified that you are not having problems with these new shoes, you are ready to wear them outside the home.
  5. Remember, even after this break-in period, you should always check your shoes and feet each day – looking for anything out of the ordinary.

Leather Shoe Care & Cleaning

  1. Clean your shoes regularly – this will give life back to the leather!
  2. If your shoes are dirty, we suggest that you first clean them with a damp cloth to get them ready
  3. for an application of shoe crème.
  4. Use a cleaning and conditioning crème for the leather shoes. This crème will keep the leather clean and supple. Leather crèmes can be found at any drug, shoe or grocery store.
  5. Simply apply the crème with a clean dry cloth and work it into the leather. Buff or brush out to provide a fresh finish. If needed, a colored shoe crème may also be used.

Nubuck Shoe Care & Cleaning

  1. This material can be cleaned by the using a small suede brush to work away the dirt.
  2. Also, there are sprays designed to refurbish suede or nubuck materials (the Kiwi-brand works great). Try the spray in a small area first to test for any discoloration.
  3. Do not immerse the nubuck shoes in water. Shoe polish should not be used.

Lycra® Shoe Care & Cleaning

  1. Never put this shoe in the washing machine.
  2. We suggest using any fabric protector on this material to help retard the dirt.
  3. Spray the shoes with a fabric protector before wearing them regularly.
  4. If the shoes do get soiled, use a small amount of mild soap and water - or a small amount of Woolite and water – to remove the dirt (especially on the beige).
  5. Try a baby wipe! (Works great if the shoe has first been sprayed with a fabric protector.)