Product Care

Caring for your El Raco sandals

At El Raco Australia, we have taken the traditional Menorcan Avarca and given it fresh colours, fabrics and even a bit of sparkle with our glitter collection. These luxury sandals are all handmade using real leather.

The guarantee seal “Avarca de Menorca”. A badge that manifests and guarantees the geographical origin of the footwear and that responds to four minimum requirements that make up the authentic Minorca shoes:

  • Use of minimum thickness cutting materials, implying greater support to the foot and increased resistance.
  • Use of recycled tire soles that you can find in our rustic line: the original model of the covers.
  • Reinforced rear strip with a rubber core.
  • Sewn with minimum 1mm thick thread to offer greater strength.

Beyond the labels, Castell Menorca continues to maintain its loyalty to its reason for living: its shoemaker tradition. Therefore, their procedures require more than just complying with a regulation, they demand heart, affection and maximum craftsmanship.

At El Raco Australia, we want to ensure you love your shoes forever, and know how to keep them new.

Leather

 Protection

  • Spray a water & stain protector evenly, using consistent sweeping motions to ensure an even coverage.
  • Periodically re-protect and re-spray your El Raco Australia’s to resist daily soiling.
  • Carefully read the instructions on the protector before applying.

 Cleaning

  • To remove dirt, wipe gently with a dry cloth to remove any dried-on dirt and dust.
  • Then dampen the cloth with warm water and wipe again.
  • Allow leather to dry naturally, away from direct sunlight and direct heat sources, that can dry out the leather.
  • Use a high quality cream polish that matches the shoe colour, carefully read the instructions before applying, then buff to shine.
  • Avoid liquid shoe polishes and silicone sprays.

 Nubuck

 Protection

  • Spray a water & stain protector evenly, using consistent sweeping motions to ensure an even coverage.
  • Periodically re-protect and re-spray your El Raco’s to resist daily soiling.
  • Carefully read the instructions on the protector before applying.

 Cleaning

  • To clean use a rubber eraser to remove dirt and smudges. Brush lightly with a soft brush.
  • Care should be taken to brush in the same direction. If you brush in different directions, some suede will give the appearance of being 2 different colours.
  • Avoid wire brushes.
  • Follow up with a resistance spray for suede and nubuck.
  • Carefully read instructions on the resistance spray before applying.

Metallic

 Protection

  • We don’t recommend using standard water proofer, but a specific neutral metallic protector and cleaner to keep these styles shining brightly.

 Cleaning

  • Use a soft damp cloth to remove dirt and dust.
  • Use a renovating polish for metallic leather, carefully read instructions before applying.

Glitter

The Glitter El Raco’s are very delicate and are not designed to be worn as an everyday shoe. They cannot be exposed to water as glitter loss will occur. Some glitter loss is to be expected during wear.

 Fabric

 Protection

  • We recommend you apply a water protector for fabric sandals.
  • Carefully read instructions before applying.

 Cleaning

  • Use a dry cloth, gently wipe dirt and dust.
  • Lightly dampen a cloth with cold water, and blot the stain, and work your way down the grain of the fabric. Making sure you dab rather than rub the fabric.
  • Dry with a dry cloth, lightly dabbing to spot dry. Do not rub the fabric.

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