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Complete guide to caring for suede shoes

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Suede shoes are a stylish addition to any wardrobe, but they require special attention and care to keep them in good condition over time. Suede is known for its softness and velvety texture, but it is also more vulnerable to stains and damage than any shiny or matte leather. Every shoe lover knows that clean footwear can make the difference in an outfit, and this is even more important for shoes made with delicate materials such as suede.

Below are some practical tips for cleaning and keeping your shoes in good condition:

Prevention is the key

The best care for suede shoes is to prevent them from deteriorating. Here are some preventative measures:

  • Waterproofing: Before putting on your new shoes, spray a thin layer of suede-specific waterproofer. This will help repel water and prevent stains.
  • Avoid water: If you can, try not to wear suede shoes during rainy or snowy days, as humidity can damage the material.

Regular brushing

Suede needs to be brushed regularly to remove dirt and dust buildup. Use a rubber brush or a special soft suede brush and pass it gently over the surface of the shoes following the natural direction of the pile. This will help bring the velvety skin back to life.

Stain removal

If you notice spots on your skin, don't worry, try to act as soon as possible by treating them carefully:

  • Brush gently: Use a soft brush or suede eraser to try to remove light stains. Be careful not to rub too vigorously to avoid damaging the material. Additionally, it is important to brush in the direction of the fiber to prevent damage.
  • Water and mild soap: For more stubborn stains you can use a soft cloth moistened with warm water and a small amount of mild soap. Gently dab the stain, avoiding rubbing.
  • Use specific products: There are cleaners and sprays created specifically for suede. These products, in addition to having the function of cleansing, can also be used to protect and hydrate the skin.

Correct drying

If your shoes get wet, do not place them near direct heat sources such as radiators or radiators. Instead, let them dry naturally, out of direct sunlight. Fill them with shoe paper to maintain their shape as they dry and avoid creases.


When you are not wearing your shoes, store them in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. Use a cloth or leather bag to protect them from dust and scratches.

By following these guidelines you will be sure that your suede shoes will stay beautiful over time. Proper care can greatly extend their life and ensure that you can enjoy their elegance for a long time to come.

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