Use and Care
Do not roll your dress shoes into a ball (or a taco).
Resist the temptation to run or exercise.
Your shoes are pre-laced using the patented Double Helix Method.
With your elastic laces, find a good fit, double-knot them, and you’ll only have to re-tie them occasionally.
Use a shoe horn to easily slip into your shoes.
Condition your shoes, for water resistance, suppleness, and longevity
We recommend Saphir Médaille D'Or Shoe Cream . Shoe creams provide both conditioning and shine. This particular formulation, made of all natural ingredients, has been the highest-end shoe cream since 1925. It has a much higher concentration of pigments and wax than other shoe creams, so you don't need to use as much as other creams.
For our Oxblood shoes, Burgundy would be the closest to the original color. You can also go with Hermes Red and Mahogany if you want it to look more red or brown, respectively.
“To ensure your shoes last you need to take care of them by ensuring the leather stays supple and resists water penetration...Leather is skin. And like your skin – it’s tough but still fragile relative to rough surfaces and needs protection and care. Unlike your skin – which is alive and receives nourishment from the body – the leather on your shoes only receives the nourishment you give it. It can easily dry out, over-absorb water, or be damaged in numerous other ways. A good leather conditioner is designed to be readily absorbed and will nourish/restore flexibility in the fibers...If leather loses its natural oils and moisture, it loses it’s flexibility and its fibrous interweave will start to crack and eventually break down. Once this happens it is lost and needs to be replaced...Spending 15 dollars every few months for a quality conditioner is a small price to ensure your dress shoes still look great 15 years from now.” - Antonio Centeno, Real Men Real Style
Polish your shoes, for an eye-catching shine, and additional protection.
Avoid hazards such as mud, puddles, snow, and salt.
If unavoidable, clean off hazards as soon as possible.
Similar to above, this is difficult to explain in brief FAQ. Check the link Leather Shoes and Bad Weather above.
When you've finished wearing your shoes for the evening, make sure to place shoe trees inside.
Rotate your shoes and avoid wearing them two days in a row.
- Let's start by asking: What shoe size (US Men's) normally fits you best? To convert from other sizing standards, see this chart.
- Is that a Narrow width? Go one size down for our shoes.
- Is that a Medium width? Depending on how roomy you like the toebox, go one size down OR order the same size.
- Is that a Wide width? Order the same size for our shoes.
Fit and Feel
On the left is a typical dress shoe of the same size and same “Wide” width. You can see that it’s still one or two centimeters longer than ours. Most sleeker dress shoes have a fair amount of unoccupied space in the front. We took advantage of that and used it to give you a wider toebox without looking like it. If we start looking at chisel-toe and pointy-toe styles, dress shoes get even longer. But even though conventional dress shoes are longer, you still feel cramped because of the heel lift and the fact that the shoes are widest at the ball of the foot. Carets are widest at the toes, as your foot naturally is.
If the widest part of your feet (i.e. your toes) occupies the widest part of our shoes, then you are wearing the right size
Regarding ground-feel, Carets’ outsole is four millimeters thick, with another four millimeters of leather between your feet and the ground. We selected polyurethane for the outsole because of its durability, which is more important than ground-feel in a shoe like this. Unlike most minimalist shoes, our two-part (polyurethane + leather) design allows our shoes to be resoled like a good dress sole.
Expect Carets to feel less like FiveFingers and more like flat-bottomed skate shoes with the insoles removed. In the end, what matters most is that you're happy with your shoes. We will gladly take them back ( 365-day free returns and exchanges) and feel honored that you gave us a shot.