Suede shoes have a reputation as being delicate and volatile, but in actuality, if you know how to take care of them, they’re easier to maintain than your regular calf leathers. There is no need for a conditioning, polishing or waxing routine, just some basic maintenance tips will keep them looking well loved.
› Apply a neutral waterproofing spray monthly to protect your suedes from stains and water. Brush with a suede brush before and after the spray and also brush regularly to maintain the pile.
› If you get mud on them, let the mud dry overnight and brush it off with a stiff horsehair brush. If there is some remaining dirt left, use a suede eraser for spot cleaning.
› In most cases, if your shoes get wet, they should be fine. In some cases, however, they can be left with water stains. It may sound counter-intuitive, but in those situations we recommend shampooing them with Saphir ‘Omnidain’ – a dedicated suede shampoo. After brushing the Omnidain deep into the pile of the suede run them under cold water and leave to dry with shoetrees in a dry place. Avoid direct sunlight.
› All of our tips should be done in addition to all the basics you should be doing for your shoes. Insert unvarnished, cedar shoe trees whenever you are not wearing your shoes, let them have at least a day rest between wears, and use a shoe horn when you can.
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