Suede boots are a classic staple that add style and texture to any gentleman's wardrobe. The problem? Take them on a night out with mates and before you know it, your treasured suede boots are as about as fashionable as a pair of slippers.
But never fear, there are ways to keep your suede looking spick and span for this season and next (and even the one after that).
- Probably the most imperative step so pay attention now! Ensure your shoes are weatherproofed before you take them out on the town. Begin by applying a silicone-based suede protector spray (make sure that it’s a good colour match) and leave to absorb overnight. (YES that says overnight, not five minutes before you jump in the cab).
- It’s worth investing in a cleaning block and a quality suede brush to help remove any stubborn stains. Both can be found at quality cobblers. A suede brush has a small wire implement and bristle that helps keep the fabric’s natural nap; brush the suede after wear to remove any excess surface dirt.
- Avoid applying topical products to suede, this will disrupt the fibres and leave your shoes looking old and over worn.
- If you get your suede shoes wet, remove any excess liquid by dabbing with a towel and allow it to dry naturally overnight. Once dried, lightly brush the suede in its natural direction to restore your shoes.
- If you drop your snag and get a grease stain in the suede, try rubbing a small amount of talcum powder into the stain and leave to dry over several hours – this will absorb the moisture, so when you brush the shoes again, both the talc and the grease should be easily removed.