How to Restore Suede Shoes

by Jamie Wilson

Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA

Many of us are put off buying suede shoes because of their easily damaged material, but, with these quick tips, I’m going to tell you how you can repair your scuffed beauties and have them ready to hit the cobbles once again.


As you’re working on your shoes, you’ll want them to keep their shape, because suede is so soft and supple it’s easily damaged and prone to loosing its shape. Stuff your shoes with newspaper or, if you have them, shoe trees, this is the best way to keep the shape of your shoes when you are brushing and cleaning them. Make sure you stuff the toe of your shoes quite full, as this can be the most prone to collapsing.


You’ll need to have a suede brush for your shoes, as normal leather brushes are a lot stiffer and will damage the suede. Take your suede brush and gently brush away any dirt that is trapped within the fibres of your shoes. It’s important to brush in the direction of the fibres rather than going back and forth, as this, again, can damage your shoes.


Removing Scuffs

Because you don’t want to add water (this can ruin the suede) you’re going to have to use a rubber cleaning stone, a piece of crepe rubber or a suede eraser. I know that this sounds like a lot of technical stuff, but trust me, it works. Gently rub onto your shoe, again, in the direction of the fibres so you don’t damage them.

After Care

Your shoes have taken a beating from all of that brushing, so you’ll want to take a softer brush and brush along your shoes, this helps to lift the nap, making it look fresher and softer. After this, you’ll want to store your shoes properly, it’s recommended that you wrap them lightly in tissue paper and store them in their box. If you threw all that away (which I would of done) then keeping the shoe trees in and storing them in a cool, dry area will work just as well.

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