Renovating Suede Shoes

Suede Renovating Guide

This week at Shoestring we have had a customer send in a pair of designer black shoes to us asking if we know of any way to get them looking as good as when she bought them, of course we were only too happy to help out, and we want to share just what we did with you!

What you’ll need:

Suede Velours

Velour Gum

Suede Brush

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Step 1) The first step was assessing the damage, unfortunately this lovely pair of Black Suede shoes looked like they had seen better days, mud, scrapes and damaged suede covered the shoe. So the first step was to try to remove as much of the excess dirt as possible. To do this we used a suede velour gum, a few simple brushes and the suede was clean although still looked worn out.

Step 2) Up next was our Suede Velour Liquid, because the shoes were black any damage to the suede can make quite sever marks, so covering this damage and repairing the Suede was a must. The liquid comes in a bottle with an application brush so we simply spread this across the shoes and waited for them to dry.

Step 3) Once the shoes had dried off the colour was looking fantastic, but the natural look of the Suede needed to be restored, luckily Woly have the perfect answer. The Woly Suede Brush is double sided, one covered in brass and the other with a rubber surface, which was perfect for restoring the natural look after a quick brush.

Step 4) Finally in our restoration plan was the customer’s request, they had mentioned that the shoes were slightly tight around the front, so we applied the Woly Suede Stretch Spray and a boot shaper of the right size to make them feel just as good as they now looked! So if you have liked reading about how to take care of your suede shoes or need any advice just comment below and someone will get back to you as soon as possible!

To find out more about Quality Shoe Care’s selection of specialist shoe care products, call 01858 438 254 .

Suede Renovating


10 comments to “Renovating Suede Shoes”

  1. Wendy Davies says:

    This is great, thanks. How would you recommend using the brush? Would it be more of a rub or scrub motion? I have a pair or UGGs, would these techniques work on them as well?

  2. admin says:

    Hi Wendy,

    Thanks for reading our Blog, we’ve had much debate here in the office about scrub vs rub, the general consensus is that you should be very delicate with suede. Imagine trying to tickle a balloon with a needle and you’re about half way to how firm you should be.

    As for your UGGs, all of our Woly Suede Items should be fine for use, but we do recommend you use them on an inconspicuous area to check before applying a full coat.

  3. Hi, its my birthday today and I am treating myself to some suede shoes. Obviously, as ill be paying alot of money for them, i want them looking their best for as long as possible. What would you recommend as a suede starter kit?

  4. admin says:

    Hi Jack,

    Happy Birthday! A pair of Suede shoes is a great birthday gift, but you’re right to be worried about looking after them. As a starter kit for taking care of your shoes we would recommend a Woly suede brush, waterproof protector spray and possibly some renovating spray in the appropriate colour. If you look across the website just searching for these items then you should be all set to take care of your new suede shoes!

  5. Hey! I understand this is kind of off-topic however I had to ask.
    Does managing a well-established website such as yours reqwuire
    a lot of work? I’m brand new to blogging however I do write in my diary every day.

    I’d like to start a log so I will be able to share my personal experence
    and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have anny kind of ideas or
    tips for nnew aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

  6. Laura says:

    Hey Fish Fiesta, it is great that you want to start a blog and post about your experiences. There are a few different ways you might consider this, either developing a website and having a blog section, or using a direct blog related site such as blogger.

    When you find your feet on the blogging world, we’d love to hear about any shoe cleaning experiences!

  7. Alliecat says:

    I’m curious to know whether your suede velours liquid would be of any use in refreshing the knee rolls on a well-used dressage saddle?

    Critical point is whether it would survive contact with my legs, as I don’t want to ruin my nice competition breeches!

  8. Laura says:

    Hi there,
    It would be fine to use on your saddle, please let us know how you get on using the product and if you need any help just give us a call!

  9. james says:

    hey what would you recommend to do if the the sued hair has worn out on the shoe

  10. Oliver Merry says:

    I would recommend giving the suede a good brush to try to revive the hairs. I would then use a Woly liquid suede renovator and stain the material in the correct colour and allow to dry and then afterwards another firm brush with the suede brush and a suede sponge – the suede should then looked nourished and revived

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