Suede shoes and boots are a big fashion Yes. However, it is a little difficult to keep your suede in good shape as many elements aren’t particularly kind to your shoes. That being said, with a little bit of planning, and some extra attention, you don’t have to make fashion choices based on weather. Here, are a few tips to make sure you suede shoes and boots look as good as new.
Seal your suede: You wouldn’t hit the beach without sunscreen, and similarly you shouldn’t hit the streets in suede shoes without properly protecting them first. Use a protective spray, a thin application of a suede sealant will last for several months and will help repel dirt, and stop stains before they start. A tip to keep in mind before actually spraying: brush your shoes with a special brush before and after you spray your shoes.
To treat a liquid spill, clean with talcum powder or corn meal: If you spill liquid on your boots, pat the area with a clean cloth or towel and then apply a layer of corn meal or talcum powder. Let it set overnight, and then brush the suede the following day with a brush to remove the dried powder.
Treat dried stains—like dirt—with white vinegar: Approach dried stains, like dirt, a little differently. For a quick fix, rub off dirt with a kneaded eraser or an emery board. For heavier stains, blot the stain using a small amount of white vinegar and a clean towel. Repeat for as long as necessary until you see your stain disappear. This is a great way to get rid of both water and salt stains.
Bring your suede back to life with a toothbrush: Should your suede shoes begin to look tired and flattened, scrub it with a clean toothbrush or terrycloth towel. If it’s really in bad shape, hold your shoe above steam—even from a teakettle—for a few seconds, and then brush it.
Don’t clean suede with water: This might seem counterintuitive, but you don’t want to start cleaning suede with water, which can affect both the color and texture of suede.
Get your suede shoes professionally cleaned: Obviously a solid way to ensure your suede looks its best. This is also a great thing to do before you put your winter suede boots away in storage during the warmer months.