How To Care for Suede Shoes

Suede shoes are always a stylish choice. However, they do require a little more maintenance than you average leather shoe to look good on a daily basis. The good news is that the maintenance is relatively simple and only requires a few key items. Here’s what you need to take care of and clean suede shoes.

How To Care for Suede Shoes - He Spoke Style

Suede Brush

How To Care for Suede Shoes - He Spoke Style

A suede brush is the one must-have tool for keeping your suede shoes clean. You can use it after every wear or just when your shoes need a little touch up. Either way, when used properly, a suede brush keeps your shoes looking good as new.

A couple quick tips. Be sure to always brush the nap in the same direction without using too much pressure. And if you get mud on your suede shoes, allow it to dry first before trying to brush it off. When it’s dry, it will come off easier and will prevent you from creating a deeper stain.

Suede Eraser

How To Care for Suede Shoes - He Spoke Style

A suede eraser is for stain removal. Rub the eraser over the stain and let it crumble. Then take your suede brush and brush the nap, getting rid of all the crumbles. If all goes well, the stain will be gone. One word of advice: if you’ve got a serious stain, don’t try to remove it yourself. Instead, take your shoes to a reputable shoe repair shop for the best results.

Suede Protector

How To Care for Suede Shoes - He Spoke Style
Like caring for your leather shoes or bags, the best way to care for suede shoes is prevention. A good suede protector helps keep marks, stains, and even water damage to a minimum. If you do happen to get your suede shoes wet – it’s inevitable that they’ll get rained on one day – try to get as much moisture off of them before you leave them to dry.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • centimo123

    Haha..what I like from these article is your expression.. Thats cool..And, your dark brown monk strap.. Looks yummy

    Hei, I write about this topic too, if you wanna see

    Nice job Brian

  • The Kentucky Gent

    My suede Chukka boots thank you for this post. They are in need of some serious TLC.

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

  • Albert Wijaya

    Great tips! Your first photo expression is gold! :)

    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles

  • Mike

    Good stuff, thank you. Just wondering, I just moved to Baltimore. Any recommendations for a cobbler? I’m going to need some soles replaced in the near future. Thanks.

  • Sonoman

    Thanks Brian. I recently picked up a nice pair of grey suede John Varvatos oxfords, actually from a blog post of yours from a while back. I am a bit pigeon toed and now have scuff marks on the inside toe of each shoe. Have’t had much luck with the eraser and brush, any tips…?

  • Andrew Sylvester

    Thanks for sharing!!!