Invented by a Paris Opera Ballet dancer in the 1730s, our version of the classic soft slipper style uses a single piece of unlined leather for the upper allowing the slipper to shape perfectly to your foot, right out of the box – like gloves for your feet. The 20909 Slipper is designed to sit higher on the instep than standard ballerina styles, providing a more attractive, gracious fit by moving uncomfortable seams away from the ball of the foot. The slim profile leather outsole is injected with recyclable TPU to provide grip and traction on all types of surfaces, while staying soft and pliable.
Made by hand in Japan.
Expected shipment date: September 2022
/. Japanese wild deer leather, tanned without the use of heavy metals, entirely biodegradable. Full leather lining.
/. Reverse of wild deer leather piping, deer leather laces
/. Slim leather outsole injected with recyclable TPU
/. Recyclable TPU heel lift
/. Antibacterial open cell foam die cut insole
/. Average width, almond toe shape
Deer leather is an incredibly soft and moldable material, with superior breathability, and a longevity and durability that few other leathers can surpass, even after repeatedly getting wet and drying again.
Deer skin is easy to maintain as long as you don't over condition it. The open nature of the surface of our leather means that a too-heavy conditioner will clog the surface, defeating the best features of this leather.
/. For oil stains: Use baby powder or corn starch to absorb the oils, letting the powder sit for some time, before using a soft brush to remove the excess powder.
/. For dirt: Remove dirt with a damp clean cloth. For optimal leather function and look, it's best to not let the dirt accumulate in layers, as it will be harder to remove. Stubborn stains can be cleaned with a bit of mild soap and water, with a soft damp cloth. Afterwards gently blot up any excess moisture, and leave to dry in a cool indoors place.
/. For conditioning: Use a lightweight leather milk conditioner or liniment, applying it in thin coats with a clean dry cloth. Do not apply liniment or conditioner to the suede portion of the shoe, for these areas, use a suede protectant spray. Always test your conditioner on a small discreet part of the shoe and allow it to dry, making sure there are no adverse reactions, before applying it on the entire surface.
/. For outsole care: The outsoles can be cleaned with a dry brush and damp cloth. Use the damp cloth to wipe away dirt. If worn on very wet days, allow the outsole to dry in a cool location, do not dry over a heater. When the heel lifts are worn down, they can be easily replaced by your local cobbler.