Caring For Your Vibys Shoes & Accessories

At Vibys, we use soft and supple Italian leather (suede, nubuck and full grain leather) and exotic Baltic Sea fish leather - and ornate it with delicate beadwork and embroidery. 

We want to share our care tips and knowledge when it comes to looking after your Vibys shoes and bags, so they remain in the best possible condition after your little one has worn them on special events. 

Suede and Nubuck

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We use high quality Italian suede and nubuck (goat, cow and calf) that has a very fine nap so please be gentle with them. There is not much visible difference between the two from part that they are created by different sanding process. Suede leather has been sanded on the inner layer of the skin, while nubuck is sanded on the outer or exterior skin of the animal. Since the outside layer of a skin is tougher nubuck tends to be more durable. 
Treating suede and nubuck with water proofing products and brusing them regularly to maintain the nap, will be enough. It is important to pick the correct brush for each - since the nubuck is a harder material than suede, a nubuck brush used on suede will damage the nap. Where possible try to avoid damp conditions. You can protect your shoes with a spray that will build up a water resistance within the leather to greatly reduce the risk of liquid stains but please read the instructions fully before using. Suede and nubuck do not need to be shined and should never be shined.

Full Grain Leather

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We use the finest Italian full grain smooth leather (cow and calf nappa) that is tanned in a traditional tannery and brushed with wax to bring out the gorgeous glossy shine.
Clean it delicately with a slightly damp cloth. We recommend a neutral polish to avoid color mismatches.

Fish Leather

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We use fish leather from Baltic Sea Salmon, Trout and Perch. It is considered an eco-luxury leather alternative due to the fact that it is sourced as a by-product of the fishing industry. The sea-leather has a distinctive scale pattern, it is incredibly strong and durable, yet light in weight and smells like regular leather, and the more it’s worn – the better it looks.

The fish leather has been treated with a thin protective coat to protect the scale pockets and stop them from lifting when in contact with other surfaces. Clean it with a dry or a very lightly moistened cloth in the direction of the scales without any vigorous rubbing or scrubbing.

Beaded, Embroidered & Stitched Details

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The elaborate decorative details - for example floral ornaments and tassels - on Vibys shoes and mini bags are handmade and delicate, they are designed to be worn on special occasion, not everyday. We use a variety of dazzling beads, sequins and crystals, silk, lace and leather to create our embellishments. With hand beading and embroidery each embellishment is unique and created with care and attention to detail.

Details can be gently cleaned with a soft, slightly damp cloth and left to dry. Protect them from water and humidity and avoid heat.

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When your little one has finished wearing the shoes it’s best to pop them into a protective Vibys dust bag that comes with every pair of Vibys shoes.

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If you need some advice about care and repairs, please contact us info@vibys.com. We are happy to help.