As you know I carry alot of Suede shoes in my range. I love Suede because it looks very lush, it has texture and it adds something extra to the Shoe.
Now it might seem like Suede shoes are alot of work, that they need alot of care but I'm here to tell you that if you follow a few simple rules you will find Suede shoes to be pretty easy and they will be around for a long time.
Rule No #1: Preparation
Always spray your shoes before the first wear, this gives them a layer of protection so if they get wet or if anything does get on them they will be easy to clean. I recommend to use WARPROO's Waterproof and Stain protection Spray, for me it's the best. You can use any brand though. Always keep in mind the STAIN element, it is key so make sure the spray covers both elements. Spray your shoes 3 times at least following the directions on the bottle. Depending how often you wear them re spray accordingly. If you wear them all the time then spray once a month, one layer. If you wear them not that often then just once in awhile.
Rule No #2: Storage
Keep your suede shoes in their shoe bags when you are not wearing them. This will stop them from discolouring from dust or exposure, it will also stop any mould growing if you are in an enviroment where mould occurs.
Note: Suede and leathers can be prone to mould.
Rule No #3: Care
'Don't wear them in pouring rain' - That goes without saying but if you are wearing them and it starts to rain - Don't panic. Your shoes will be fine... When you get home take them off and let them dry naturally -ie: not in the sun and not by a heater or with a hair dryer etc... Just naturally - this is key.
If they do get dirty, let them dry, brush away any excess dirt if any and then using a damp cloth with a mild detergent gently wipe away the marks.
If you get a serious stain then there is a bit more care. Try and remove as much of the stain straight away by dabbing and soaking up the liquid with an absorbent cloth. Then you will need to use a proper Suede shampoo and follow the provided instructions thoroughly.
Once your shoes are completely dry give them a gentle brush with a Suede brush and they will be as good as new.
Now that you know how easy it can be it's time to pull out your Suede shoes and love them.