Caring for suede

Suede shoes are a beautiful choice for Autumn and Winter. When adding to your shoe collection, don’t overlook the beauty of suede or nubuck because you’re not sure how to care for them.

With the our simple instructions you can ensure they maintain their elegance for years to come. Here’s the advice we give our customers who ask about caring for suede.

SUEDE VS NUBUCK

Suede is made from the underside of animal hides and it can also be the inside of a split hide. It’s known for its velvety feel and matte appearance.

Nubuck, on the other hand, is created by sanding or buffing the outer surface of leather, resulting in a fine, suede-like finish with a slight nap and a finer finish than suede.

PREVENTION IS KEY

Before stepping out in your suede or nubuck shoes, it's best to protect them with a quality suede protector spray. This creates a barrier against moisture and stains, safeguarding your shoes from the elements.

Regular maintenance ensures your suede shoes look their best. Invest in a suede brush and gently brush away any dirt or debris, always brushing in the direction of the fibres. For Nubuck, a rubber brush is more suitable as it’s gentler than a suede brush, which can scratch the surface. For stains, a suede eraser or gentle suede cleaner can be used, but always test in an inconspicuous area first.

When not in use, store your suede shoes well. Avoid stacking them or placing heavy items on top, as this can cause the delicate material to become misshapen. Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Inserting shoe trees into your shoes as they rest is also a good way to maintain them.

EMERGENCY CARE

If your suede shoes get wet, resist the urge to dry them with direct heat, as this can cause the suede to become stiff and damaged. Instead, stuff them with paper towels to help absorb moisture and allow them to air dry naturally. In fact, follow this advice for any leather and never apply direct heat to wet leather.

Lastly, consider investing in a professional suede cleaning service for deeper stains or restoration. While it may come at a cost, the expertise and care provided by professionals can prolong the life of your beloved suede shoes.

By following these simple tips, you’ll keep your suede shoes in great condition and enjoy them for a long time.