Got a little time on your hands and a pair of suede shoes in need of a little TLC? Maybe the once-luxe fuzzy nap is a bit deflated or the color is now a bit dingy and dull. No worries. In about five minutes, those shoes could look as good as new.
Despite its temperamental reputation, suede is easier to care for than most people think. But we didn't just know how easy. According to the experts at Crockett & Jones, the well-known brand of fine English footwear, “Suede can often be revived using steam from the kettle and gently cleaning with a rubber suede brush.”
Richmond II loafer, $550 by Crockett & Jones
Hold your shoes over the steam from a tea kettle, clothes steamer or even a pot of boiling water for 15 to 30 seconds.
Then brush the shoe with a suede brush as you normally would during a cleaning (soft, short strokes, in one direction).
The steam dilates the leather's surface, much like your skin in a hot shower. This not only makes it easier to remove embedded grime and nicks, but it restores the soft, fuzzy texture of the leather.