Our crinkle patent leathers are very high quality and should last for years. However, patent leathers are particularly absorbent and require special care to keep them looking their best. To keep the patent leather clean, moisturized, durable, and elastic, we recommend cleaning your shoes monthly to avoid the buildup of dirt and oils. If excess dirt gets on your shoes, take a slightly damp soft cloth or clean makeup sponge and wipe gently before drying immediately. To avoid contact with darker materials, always store your patent pieces in dust bags. In general, it is also highly recommended to take your shoes to a cobbler to be professionally cleaned.