Suede Shoes Solution

Suede feels and looks great, but if you have ever owned a pair of suede shoes you know the anxieties that follow you throughout your day. True enough, stains and other blemishes look much worse on your suede shoes than on your loafers or your running shoes. Your suede paranoia is not unfounded. More often than not the suede shoes we see on the street appear faded or stained. You might want to believe that suede is somehow less durable than leather or harder to clean. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

All those people you see walking around in dirty suede shoes are just plain lazy--suede is way easier to clean than leather. Five easy maintenance rules will keep you suave in your suede.

  1. You are not melting

    Contrary to the urban myth, suede does not necessarily melt if you get it wet. Getting caught in the rain in your suede kicks does not turn you into the Wicked Witch of the West. Take a deep breath.

    We love how warm suede is, but cold weather usually means unexpected rain, snow, and mud. The truth is that water rarely stains suede, unlike patent leather. Still, avoid fly fishing in your suede high tops. Stomp through city puddles at your own risk.
  2. Stay golden

    A lot of suede shoes never leave the apartment. No matter how neurotic you are about your suede shoes, like all beautiful things, suede fades. That is no excuse to hold your shoes hostage. Take the doggie bags off your sneakers and boil a pot of water. That’s right, steam cleans suede sneakers, so hold them over a pot of boiling water or a kettle. Give the steam a few seconds to do its thing, then have a cup of tea and chill out. Steam makes suede look brand new, smoothing wrinkles, dissipating stains, and bringing out the color.

  3. Brush your feet

    After you have steamed your shoes, use a suede brush. If you do not have a suede brush, use a toothbrush. If you do not have a toothbrush, go to the dentist. Seriously. You do not have to brush suede shoes as often as you brush your teeth, but it is a hell of a lot easier than shining leather. Dont freak out if you get mud on your suede. Wait until the mud dries, brush the suede, then use an eraser.

  4. Your shoes are your babies

    If duct-tape came in a powder, we would call it talcum powder. You can use talcum powder for nearly everything, except cooking. For grease stains brush your suede with a paper towel and let a layer of talcum powder sit over night. If the powder fails, try white vinegar. As a last resort, curse the gods and seek out a cobbler--usually they live under quaint hills or nearby cobblestone alleyways.

  5. Strike first

    Winter is coming. Instead of letting your suede boots hibernate, seal your suede with preventative spray. A thin layer helps keep out dirt and liquids. Remember to brush or steam your suede before sealing. Sprays typically last a few months, so you will have to reapply the solution next winter.

Suede shoes want to keep your feet feeling warm and wonderful all year long. While suede may get dirty easier than other shoes, suede is also much easier and cheaper to maintain. Love your suede, and your suede will love you.