How to Clean Suede Shoes: 5 Tips to Making Them Look New Again

Georgina Kim

I've spent a large portion of my adult life wondering how to clean suede shoes properly. In the past, I'd keep about a dozen pairs in my closet, and instead of diligently taking care of them, I would just...rotate, then buy new ones. And that's not good for my bank account at all. Rather than continue buying more pairs of suede shoes, I knew I needed to figure out how to upkeep the ones I already own. After all, I know how to clean my shower and my closet and my inbox—so why should suede shoes be my impossible Everest?

I scoured the internet for tips on how to clean suede shoes and compiled the top five here. They're foolproof, trust me. My shoes have never looked better. And I guarantee yours will be sparkling in no time too.

Buy a suede brush.

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Suede is sensitive material that's best dealt with a tool specific to it. A suede brush comes with most suede kits, and buying one is the first step in getting your shoes to look like Beanie Feldstein's in the above photo.

Make sure your shoes are dry when cleaning.

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No water! I know, that's difficult to wrap your mind around when thinking about cleaning. But suede is actually very sensitive to H2O, and not in a good way. Keep it far, far away when upkeeping your shoes. Brad Pitt (and his suede shoes) are counting on you.

Read the manufacturer’s label.

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Because all suede is made differently, you have to handle it differently. So check the label before you do anything, and it will point you in the right direction. Are you listening, Hilary Duff?

Brush in the same direction when cleaning your shoes.

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Not back and forth. Yes, it matters. Be gentle, not too vigorous. We're dealing with suede here! Don't you want your pumps looking like Jennifer Hudson's at the Cats premiere?

Use suede protective spray.

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After you brush. This will prevent future stains. I wonder if Kristin Cavallari does this with her suede shoes.

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