A Gentleman’s Guide To Style And Refinement

Simple Tips For Suede Shoe Cleaning At Home

20130811-120956.jpgWith the fall months fast approaching, you may either be shopping for fall shoes or transitioning your closets from summer to fall. Whatever the case may be, suede shoes should be a staple in your wardrobe. Suede shoes look very rich and luxurious. The problem is keeping them clean and looking like new. There are some simple ways of achieving this without having to take them to a shoe cobbler.

First and foremost invest in shoe trees. This will help maintain the shape of the shoe. Leather and suede tend to bend to the natural shape of your foot over time creating creases and making the shoes look less desirable.

Since suede has a hairy or nappy surface its likely they will get stained even with a small splash of water. You sometimes just can’t avoid the scuff on your shoe. I encourage you to bookmark this page for the care instructions below, which you can do yourself in the convenience of your own home without having them dry-cleaned.

1. Use a clean bath towel, gently rub the surface of the shoe to bring up the nap.
2. Use a clean pencil eraser to remove small dry stains.
3. Avoid any commercially produced stain removers such as bleach, soaps and detergent.
4. Lightly dab vinegar on stubborn stains.
5. If your suede shoes get a little soaked with rain, let them dry in room temperature. Don’t expose them to direct heat.
6. Regularly brush your shoes with a wire suede brush.

The suede purple loafers are by Giorgio Armani and the cappuccino brogues are by Stephen Kempson. I hope these tips will be helpful to you. Always remember looking and feeling your best is all that matters.

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