July 14, 2018

What are suede shoes?

Since the 70s, suede material has become familiar for shoes, sandals or casual clothes, they are images of strength and freedom. So what is suede really? How are they different from normal skin types? 

About Suede 

In addition to the traditional smooth, glossy leather, suede seems to be becoming the trend for durability and rarely goes out of fashion. Suede leather is made from the reverse side of animal skin, usually cow skin, sheep skin, goat skin... 

Properties and applications of suede shoes 

The outstanding feature of suede shoes is the softness, much more than normal skin types. This material is widely applied to many types of shoes such as heels, sandals, especially boots and loafers to bring youthfulness and freedom. Similar to glossy leather, suede material exudes a trendy and luxurious look to the user. 

Disadvantages of suede shoes 

The biggest disadvantage of suede shoes is that they can easily absorb water and get dirty, which means that shoes are more difficult to clean. You will have to take off your shoes if you are unfortunate to encounter a sudden rain. Think carefully when choosing to wear these shoes on overcast days. There are different ways to preserve suede shoes. The following advices will definitely help you feel more secure when using suede shoes: 

  • Absolutely do not dry shoes with a hair dryer or heat because it will change the texture of the leather, making the leather surface dry, broken or wrinkled. A specialized spray product can be used to cover the surface of the shoe. 
  • Remove dust on suede surfaces with a duster or suede brush. The dust roller contains a layer of glue that can help you easily and effectively remove dust. Suede brush is a soft brush, specialized for brushing suede. Brushing suede also needs to pay attention to brushing in the right direction to keep the original state of the leather.
  • Water stains are very common with suede shoes. To clean them, first cover the shoes with paper or something else to avoid losing their shape. Then, spray water all over the shoe and use a dry cloth to absorb all the water. Let the shoes dry overnight and then simply brush the shoes evenly with a suede brush. 
  • Removes mud, oil, grease and other stains If your suede shoes are muddy, you can clean them up by removing the mud from the surface of the shoes. Don't rub too hard, a little mud on the shoe is okay. After you have finished wiping off the thick surface mud, allow the rest of the mud to dry. Then use a suede brush to clean the remaining mud. After this step, wipe the shoes with a warm, wet cloth. With stains from oil and other stains will be a little more difficult. You need to brush away the stains with a specialized suede brush. Then use a wet cloth to scrub the surface with warm water.
  • In case you have to wash suede shoes, use soap, dishwashing liquid, shaving cream, etc. for washing. Note that it is better to use a soft brush or a soft cloth to clean the shoes and should dry the shoes in the shade, not in direct sunlight. After washing, let it dry, use soft, absorbent paper to roll 2-3 rounds to cover the whole shoes, now you can dry them directly in the sun without worrying about affecting the shoes. The outer layer of paper will keep the leather from drying out and discoloration due to sunlight. 

Advantages of suede shoes 

Suede shoes are sometimes preferred over normal leather, because when processing, the craftsman has meticulously brushed the silk on the surface carefully to get the soft yarn, even color, that feels like velvet. At the same time, with the sparse texture of the fibers, suede is the most suitable material in the seasons, when the weather is cool, creating a youthful personality. In addition, a pair of suede shoes can bring a warm feeling for the winter season and are especially suitable for casual wear, which you can combine with both office or streetwear.

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