Suede is a texture that truly has its finest moments in Autumn. In gorgeous neutrals, warm browns and dark, lush hues, suede boots are a coveted fall style.
At Alberto Fermani, we use only the most exceptional materials, but seasonal elements can be harsh on luxurious leather and suede; it takes proper planning and care to keep your boots in remarkable condition.
Follow our tips for maintaining the brilliance of your suede shoes for years to come.
1. Seal your suede
Use a protective coating to seal your suede shoes and boots. A good sealant spray will effectively act as a barrier between the fine material and outside elements, and can be purchased at most drug stores and online marketplaces. Applying a thin layer of coating after brushing your suede can prevent damage before it happens.
2. Avoid any water
Water, ice, and slush are all hazardous to the health of your beautiful suede. Walking in the rain with your suede shoes or boots, and even spot cleaning with water, are not recommended as they can leave the material discolored. Avoiding water and properly protecting your shoes with a spray will help your suede age gracefully.
3. Treat stains and spills
Accidents happen, and can be reversed if addressed in a timely manner. Get to new spills by patting the affected area with a clean, dry towel. Then, apply a thin layer of corn meal (or talcum powder) to set overnight; in the morning, simply brush off the powder. For older stains, that have been left untreated, blot with white vinegar until it disappears, leaving your suede looking fresh and clean.
4. Renew tired fibers
Investing in a suede brush can extend the life of your boots. Hold your shoes over a pot of boiling water and allow the steam to permeate the fibers, then use your suede brush to gently remove loosened dirt and add a subtle shine. You can also use an old-fashioned trick with a clean toothbrush to clean and revive suede material.
5. Store in proper conditions
Taking good care of your suede can be as simple as giving them a safe home. Store your boots or shoes away from direct sunlight or moisture, and give them at least a day in between each wear to allow the material to settle. If you’re really committed to prolonging the life of your suede, insert unvarnished shoe trees and use shoe horns when possible to keep them in prime condition.
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