Not to generalize, but I find that once we hit this time of year, the fashion set has only one thing on their minds: fall fashion.
Can you blame us, though?
There’s something magical about the transition into fall—you’re suddenly motivated to let go of a few things, embrace new trends, and can finally pull out styles you don’t get to wear in the sweltering heat.
But possibly the most exciting thing about this time of year is the prospect of wearing suede shoes again.
Anyone living in climates that become extremely hot or cold knows that wearing suede shoes requires you to be mindful of the weather (so you don’t damage the fabric).
And while this style may require special care, it’s well worth it in our eyes because suede shoes are a fall staple.
No matter what shoe styles are trending, suede always manages to bubble back up on the runway (for a good reason).
This fabric lends itself well to transitional weather because of its versatility—both in style variety and how you can style it.
Basically, there’s no safe style to invest in for fall than a pair of suede shoes.
But if you’re not sold on the staying power of this style yet, or have yet to find the perfect pair, keep reading.
How to Care for Suede Shoes
- You’ll want to maintain the material’s smooth appearance and nap. Regular use, as with all shoes, will cause the material to wear down in certain places.
- You’ll want to remove any dirt and dust.
The thinner, more pliable, and soft construction means that not only is suede easily damaged, but it also acts as a magnet for particles of any kind.
These mar its surface with a dirty, dingy look and, rather than appear smooth and flowy, can highlight creases.
- You’ll also want to be wary of moisture.
Although a drop or two can be cleaned out, heavier water staining is more challenging and, if not addressed quickly, can give your suede shoes a more mottled appearance.
How to Clean Suede Shoes
If you’re dealing with everyday dirt and minor stains:
Brush your suede shoes once they dry, moving the brush in a single direction.
If you’re dealing with a scuff mark, going back and forth over a particular area will help lift the grain and even out the nap.
If that doesn’t help, carefully go over the area with sandpaper or a knife.