How To Clean Suede Shoes
In the past, we've written about waxing suede, but the results of adding a layer of wax have a lasting effect on the look and feel of the leather. Waxing suede creates a great look in addition to waterproofing, but this post is just going to be about cleaning your untreated suede.
Before we get down to brass tacks, let's all get on the same page about why suede is such a great material worth taking care of. It's important for everyone to understand that leather is an extension of your lifestyle and that it will evolve over time and with use. Like our own skin, leather is porous and malleable. This is why your wallet probably curves to the shape of your back pocket, or why it's darker where you always grab it from the oils on your skin.
Suede is different from smooth leather because it is rubbed by an abrasive wheel to raise a velvet-like nap on its surface. This process breaks down the protective outer layer of skin and exposes the soft leather underneath. It's also what make suede notoriously absorbent and prone to staining. A single raindrop has the ability to leave an unsightly mark on your loafers.
Our foaming Suede Cleaner is different from other cleaners because it is formulated to lift dirt and stains from delicate suede while also conditioning. Alcohol-based cleaners will dehydrate the pores of the leather. While alcohol and chemicals might be good for removing stains, they leave the suede more susceptible to future staining. The combination of Aloe Vera, Vitamin-C, and With Hazel makes cleaning really easy, with the added bonus that you're also leaving the leather hydrated and conditioned.