CARE & SIZING
Artemis Design Co. Flying Carpet Shoes are handmade by skilled Turkish cobblers using antique carpets. Due to the handwoven nature of the carpets that we source, you may notice small imperfections or asymmetries in the patterns, which make every pair magical and one of a kind.
Your Flying Carpet Shoes may start out feeling a little stiff, but with a few wears they will mold to your foot comfortably and beautifully. The Kilim textile and leather sole are very durable and will age well over time. If you plan on using them for daily walks or throughout city streets, you may extend the life of the soles by asking your local cobbler to attach a rubber sole to them. If your shoes become a little bit wet that’s ok; just let them dry out completely and continue wearing as usual. To clean small stains, just blot with a warm washcloth and once dried, remove dirt stains with a bristle brush.
It’s a perfect fit if...
...initially they feel snug (even uncomfortably so), but your toes are flat rather than scrunched up to fit. Much like high quality leather shoes, our shoes will stretch to mold to your foot.
They are too large if...
...you can fit your finger in the space behind your heel. They should be exchanged for a smaller size. If there's just a bit of space, and your heel occasionally pops out of the back, a heel insert (available on Amazon.com) may do the trick.
They are too small if...
...your toes are curled under to squeeze into your shoes lengthwise. If your toes are flat but the shoe is very tight around the sides of your feet, hang in there! The material will stretch to accommodate your foot width-wise and a tiny bit lengthwise.
Breaking them in
After wearing them for 1-3 days you should feel a noticeable difference in the stiffness and tightness of the Kilim. If they are feeling very tight, we’d suggest wearing them around the house with thick socks on. If they still feel tight, we would suggest bringing them to your local cobbler to be stretched in your specific problem areas. You will notice that after they are fully broken in the Kilim will feel soft and relaxed. Also note that the Havana or Sumak styles are made from a more structured, dual-layer textile that takes longer to break in than the Kilim styles.