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How to Clean Suede Shoes

 

Many people are intimidated when it comes to cleaning suede shoes. However, with a few tricks and tools, you’ll find the process is rather easy.

You’ll Need:

1. A suede brush

2. A suede eraser

3. Rag and sponge

4. White paper towels or cotton towels

5. Shoe Trees

6. Protective Spray

First, take the suede brush to the dry pair of shoes. Remove as much dirt as possible. Go over the entire shoe, brushing the nap in one direction. In addition to brushing out dirt, this will also raise the nap.
Next, go over tough spots with a suede eraser. Rub over scuffs with the suede brush.
Remove water marks: take a damp (not soaking!) rag and wet down the entire shoe. Then gently sponge up any excess water. To dry, stuff the shoes with white paper towels or white cotton towels and place them in an area without direct sunlight or direct heat. It is important that you never apply direct heat to your shoes (place them near a radiator, toss them in the dryer, etc.) as this can damage your shoes.
Once shoes are dry, brush them again in one direction to restore the nap.
Apply a protective spray such as the Collonil Unisex Nanopro Spray 300ML.
Place in shoe tree like Alden Fine Cedar Shoe Trees so that excess moisture is absorbed.

Slippers

Liz keeps forgetting exactly how cold 40 degree weather is, until she goes outside and her toes nearly freeze off. She has decided to take action, so she spent some time creating a Pinterest board with tricks, tips, DIY projects, and slippers to keep your feet nice and cozy. Check it out here.

Meanwhile, you can learn about some of the Men’s and Women’s slippers that we carry below, hopefully while sipping on hot chocolate and sitting by a fire.

For Women:

Minnetonka

Minnetonka offers many trendy styles of moccasins using only the finest suede, leathers, and pile. Stylish enough to wear out, and comfortable enough to wear around the house all day long, you will never have to compromise. And with so many styles, from simple tie and fringe to more intricate beaded or feathered Mocs, you’ll find the one for you.

 

Old Friend

Old Friend Footwear Women's Loafer Moccasin Dark BrownOld Friend Footwear Women's Bootee Ladies ChestnutOld Friend Footwear Women's Scuff PinkOld Friend Footwear Women's Clog Navy Blue

Old Friend offers sheepskin slippers that are covered with a durable soft-napped suede leather.  Because the suede material beads off moisture and the rubber soles are constructed for both indoor and outdoor use, most styles of slippers can be worn in dewy grass or on rainy days–perfect for those days when the newspaper doesn’t quite reach the doorstep. Old Friend carries many styles of slipper, from Moc to Mule, and whether they are pink or tan, you’ll find a pair to bring a smile to your face. Many of their styles also come in wide, extra wide, or are adjustable for hard-to-fit feet.

 

For Men:

UGG

Ugg Men's Sheldon BlackUgg Men's Ascot China TeaUgg Men's Scuff ChestnutUgg Men's Byron Bomber Jacket Chocolate

UGG Austrailia sets the standard for premium sheepskin products. Using only Grade-A Twinface sheepskin in their popular Classic boots, UGG has made a name for themselves in quality and comfort. This translates into their line of slippers as well, with genuine sheepskin lining, suede, full-grained leather, molded rubber, and leather lace detailing. Available in sizes up to 18, UGG slippers won’t let you down.

Minnetonka

Minnetonka’s carries suede, sheepskin, and moose-hide slippers and moccasins with a more masculine touch (and a lot less beading). Many of their styles come in wide widths and XL sizes (14-16). Rawhide laces and rubber soles make styles durable and fashionable to wear right out of the house.

Old Friend

Old Friend Footwear Men's Soft Sole Moccasin ChestnutOld Friend Footwear Men's Scuff ChestnutOld Friend Footwear Men's Bootie Extra Wide ChestnutOld Friend Footwear Men's Camouflage Moccasin Chestnut

Old Friend produces Loafer Moccasins, Bootees, Clogs and Mules with a masculine touch. Some styles include heavy duty rubber soles, burnished full grain leather trims, and camouflage print. The men’s styles also include wide, extra wide, and adjustable styles.

L. B. Evans

L.B. Evans Men's Klondike Black SuedeL.B. Evans Men's Yukon Chocolate Suede BoaL.B. Evans Men's Yukon Saddle Suede BoaL.B. Evans Men's Edmonton Tan

L. B. Evans uses premium leather, suede and Sherpa to create house shoes that are both classic and contemporary. With products featuring outdoor soles, cushioned insoles, and warm boa lining, you can rest at ease.  Many of L.B. Evan’s quality slippers (like ALL 4 pictured above) are priced under $50 and since they run up to a size 18 Extra Wide, are an excellent choice for those who have larger feet.