Caring for your Potters

     So you’ve got your Potters. Now what? Well I would say wear them and enjoy them. Allow them to begin taking an imprint and mold to your foot. The oils from your feet will quickly begin to move into the leather. However, it doesn’t end with simply wearing and enjoying. Care needs to be taken to prolong the life of your Potters. We aren’t talking anything tedious like polishing a pair of shoes, but simple steps to keep them in top shape.

    What happens if they get wet? No big deal, just allow them to dry. Just don’t place them near a heat source. High heat can cause more harm to good. Just allow them to dry naturally. If your Potters have a leather sole, then just place them on their sides or place them on a shoe rack off the ground. Leather is porous and needs to breathe.

     What if they get left in the sun? I would hope you would be wearing them out into the sun. However, if they are left for a long period of time, the leather can begin to dry out and crack. Your oils will help to preserve the leather, but it is never a bad idea to periodically condition the tops of your Potters. A basic leather conditioner will do the trick.

    Potters are made to be worn and wear them you should do.

What makes Potters what they are?

We are often asked how we got into sandal making. Just by chance is the true answer, but it goes a little deeper than that. Growing up in the South, sandals are just a part of life. Hot weather isn’t reserved for just summer and one learns very quickly to dress accordingly. However, our venture into sandals was brought about by one other thing; construction. Jimmy Buffett blew out his flip flop and so have I along with most others. The problem is that most sandals are constructed quickly and therefore cheaply in lands far away. Straps are barely held in by a touch of glue and that’s it. Summer time was always filled with folks bringing in name branded sandals asking for the impossible to be done. This is when we decided to solve the problems seen in other sandals. All straps needed to be longer, glued and internally stitched. Instead of the toe piece being inserted only one inch, we decided to go overboard and run it over half the length of the shoe. I pitched the idea to my brother and he mentioned making a prototype. I had some scrap leather and put together the first pair of Potters. Needless to say it wasn’t spot on and went through about six different variations before we were both happy. I still have that pair and believe me when I tell you that those things have been well field tested. So that’s it. Potters were created to provide a quality made sandal right here in the south.