Hi there, lovelies! From skirts to jackets, suede seems to be everywhere these days! Along with faux leather, it is the go-to, on-trend material to incorporate into your daily wardrobe. I recently realized that the number of suede shoes in my shoe collection is giving leather a run for its money. It’s important to take care of these special materials to ensure that they last in your wardrobe.
Now, I realize that, more often than not, we don’t take that into consideration when we buy these items. We just see something we like, save up for it and buy it! So, I thought I could offer a little bit of assistance because I, at one point, looked at some of those shoes within my wardrobe that I spent a long time saving for and was like ‘omg, I would be so upset if these got ruined due to weather I wasn’t expecting’, or something along those lines. Shoes are meant to be worn so, of course, they won’t last forever. However, when you spend your hard earned dollars on them, you do hope they will last for quite a few years. Today, I’m excited to share what I’ve learned about how to take care of suede shoes.
If you’re a shoe gal, then you’ll love this post HERE where I showcase five new pairs of shoes I recently bought!
How to Take Care of Your Suede Shoes
Protect your suede shoes with suede protectant spray
Before you wear your shoes, spray them with a suede protectant spray. First you need to use a suede brush on your shoes before spraying. This raises the suede up on your shoes, so you can spray every fiber of the suede. You want to use short, deliberate strokes to brush your shoes with a suede brush, preferably the rubber side for this part of the process.
Then, spray with the protectant spray. You should hold the bottle about 8 to 10 inches away from the shoe. Finally, brush your shoes again with the suede brush. I recommend doing this outside, as the spray is a little pungent, on a day without any chance of rain. Once you have completed the spray, leave them outside to dry. I’d say give them about three hours, then you are good to go!
I personally recommend this suede cleaning kit. There are a couple of suede protectors that I recommend and they are linked below:
Use a suede eraser for most stains
You can find a suede eraser HERE. I have heard that you can use a clean, damp kitchen sponge and use it as an alternative to a suede eraser, however, I have never attempted it myself. It may sound counterintuitive being that water can stain suede but I’ve read that it works. Just a tip in case you are looking for all options or are in a time crunch and unable to wait for a suede eraser to be ordered and delivered to you!
How to Clean Mud Off Your Suede Shoes
First, you want to let them dry for a full 24 hours before attempting to clean them. Then, use a suede brush – or even a new nylon-bristled toothbrush – to brush away the dried mud. You’ll then want to use the suede eraser around the edges of the stain to lessen their appearance. To finish, use a velvet lint brush to wipe away what the eraser pulls up from the suede. You should see the original texture of your shoes once you have completed these steps. To finish, spray your suede protecting spray over the shoes to prepare them for their next use.
What to Do If Your Shoes Get Wet
If your shoes get wet, they should be fine in most cases. This is especially true if you they have been sprayed with a suede protector prior to wear. However, if they do happen to get water stained, you can spray a little bit of the suede protector on it. Then brush it with your suede brush, and it can help get those stains out.
For more severe water stains, especially those involving salt from snow, you can mix 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent water, apply it to just the small areas of the stain. Then brush the stain out with a clean nylon-bristled brush, like a new toothbrush, or your suede brush. From there, don’t forget to spray your suede protecting spray over the shoes to prepare them for their next use.
Restoring an Older Pair of Suede Shoes
If you want to restore an old pair of suede shoes that you want to wear again, then you can easily do that with boiling water. First, boil a pot of water. Then, hold your shoes over the pot to steam for a few minutes. This helps to restore the material to its original surface texture.
Avoid Wearing Them in the Snow
I know it’s not always possible to not wear suede shoes when it snows. Many parts of the world have consistent snow throughout the winter. However, if you can avoid wearing them when there’s lot of precipitation that will be better in the long run for your suede shoes. As you know, snow is oftentimes dirty, slushy and salty that could pose a threat to the integrity of your beloved suede beauties.
What to Do with Oil and Grease Stains
If you get oil or grease on your suede shoes, you may be out of luck. However, I would attempt to clean them in the ways I have described above. If that doesn’t work, I would call your local cobbler and see if they have any magic up their sleeve to help you.
How to Keep Their Shape
To keep the shape of your suede shoes, stuff them when storing them to maintain their original shape when you’re not wearing them. It’s also good to give your suede shoes 24 hours rest before wearing them again.
I hope these tips were helpful! At the end of the day, your shoes shouldn’t be punished for the material they’re made out of so definitely wear them! Suede isn’t as delicate as people think it is. It’s pretty simple to take care of once you know how to take care of them. If you do all of these things, they will wear well over time and likely look better than when you first purchased them!
As you can tell from all the photos, I love a good pair of suede shoes. From pumps to boots, suede is a beautiful texture to incorporate into your wardrobe. I’m rounding up some of my favorite pairs of suede shoes below!
Let me know if you have any tips I missed to keep your suede shoes clean!
Thanks for stopping by today, ladies! Have a wonderful day! xo.
Do you spray your shoes before each use or just once when they’re new and then re-spray every so often?
Hey Holly! I spray them really, really good the first time I spray then re-spray every 3 months or so. Hope that helps! xo
That tip on boiling water and using the steam– PRICELESS!
Yay! Glad you liked it! 🙂 xo.
this is definitely good info- i spilled a baby food pouch on my over the knee boots the other day and almost cried!
Oh nooo – try the steps that I mentioned under how to get mud off and see if that helps!
This couldn’t have come at a better time! I just purchased a few pairs of suede shoes and definitely need to take your advice and make sure they are protected! Great information and post! Thanks so much!
You’re welcome! xo.
Oh and do you know if sheepskin protectant can double as suede protectant? I’m seeing mixed opinions. I have the Ugg cleaning kit and the one you mentioned is backordered!
Hey Erica! I am not sure, actually. I’ve never used it to protect my suede shoes, but I would think it would be a good alternative. I linked multiple suede cleaners throughout the post and all of them have great reviews. Are they all backordered?
My suede shoes give me major anxiety. Mine are all vibrant hues like cobalt blue or fire engine red. If they get dirty they are ruined. Do you spray your suede shoes after every wear? Or do you respray after they get wet/dirty/have a near miss? I’ve got a bunch of little kids, and they just attract dirt 🙂
I spray mine really good before I ever wear them, and then re-spray every 3-6 months or so. The spray is a water repellent so pretreating them is very important. Then, depending on your experience with each particular pair of shoes will determine how you treat them after you initially spray them. So, if you get them wet, you’ll follow what I mentioned above. If you get mud on them, you’ll follow what I mentioned above for that particular instance. Hope that helps clear up your question! 🙂
Sometimes the finish on my suede shoes changes with wear – it loses that lush textured look and becomes kind of matte looking. Any suggestions on how to fix that?
I would suggest following the tip for old suede shoes seen in this post 🙂 xo!
I am the absolute worst when it comes to treating my suede and leather shoes – it’s embarrassing! My goal is to start treating them better so I really needed this post! Love your recommendations.
Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com
Aw good! I’m glad it could be helpful to you! xo.
Great tips and so many pretty styles within this post! <3
Sabina | http://www.IveGotSunshine.com
Thank you Sabrina! xo.
Such great tips! I have so many suede shoes, so these are super helpful!
Glad I could help! xo.
Any tips for preventing the dye from dark denim rubbing off on suede booties? My favourite taupe booties are turning blue where they come in contact with my jeans. 🙁