Happy Tuesday lovely people! How’s everyone’s week going so far? Yesterday was a really productive day for me and I’m hoping for more of the same today. During the middle part of last week I thought I was on the verge of getting a sinus infection (the changing weather has my sinuses so messed up) so Charlie and I changed a couple of plans so that we could have another quiet weekend at home. I knew I needed to rest up or I was going to get sick and as it turns out, I’m feeling much better. 😉 Rest really is a great preventative and you should never feel guilty for choosing rest in order to maintain your health over something else!
Speaking of changing weather, today I want to talk about something a little bit different. It’s officially boot season and, I don’t know about you, but I am a huge lover of suede shoes in the fall and winter. I don’t know what it is that I love so much about suede but the majority of my fall and winter shoes are suede. The only downside is that suede takes a little extra care and maintenance so I thought today I would share some of the ways I take care of my suede shoes.
Maintain their shape
Stuffing paper towel, news paper, or anything of the like inside of your suede shoes (or really any shoes) is a great way to help them maintain their shape. This is an especially great trick if you have to store your shoes during the off season. Just be careful not to overstuff because you don’t want to stretch the shoe out.
Keep them clean
Suede picks up dirt and dust really easily so whenever I break out a pair of suede shoes for the first time in a while, I like to clean them off. As silly as it sounds, a lint roller actually works really well for this. Don’t use paper towel or toilet paper because they’ll leave residue behind. Another way to keep them clean is to keep them in a duster bag. I don’t have very many shoes that come with a duster bag, but whenever I do, I try to hold on to it so I can store them in the bag and avoid dust building up on my precious shoes. 😛
Once your shoes are nice and clean, it’s time to protect them. A few years ago I started spraying a protectant spray on all of my suede shoes at the beginning of fall. This year, Jak Snow sent me their Magic Spray to try out and, needless to say, it’s my new go-to. It is truly magic and, the best part is, it’s non-toxic and affordable! It makes your shoes water repellent (like, truly water repellent) which is perfect for rainy days when the only shoes that match your outfit are a suede pair. 😉 This isn’t a great quality video, but this is me pouring water on a pair of my own suede shoes that I treated with the Jak Snow Magic Spray! Pretty crazy, right?!
Side bar – This is not a sponsored post. They sent me the spray for free but there was no stipulation for me having to share their product with my readers. I just truly ended up loving it and think it’s a great product!
On the bottle, there are step by step instructions on how to use the spray, but I’ll share a few brief tips on how to get the most out of the spray.
What you’ll need
Use a soft bristle toothbrush to brush the spray into your shoes. Make sure the toothbrush is new, though. You don’t want old toothpaste residue getting on your freshly cleaned shoes. 😉
Practice on an old pair of shoes so that you won’t be devastated if you mess up a bit. It just gives you a chance to figure out how much you need to spray and how much pressure to use when brushing. A little spray goes a long way and you want to brush gently so that you don’t damage the suede.
Spray and brush
Hold the bottle about 2-3 inches away from your shoes and spray until the surface of the shoe is damp. Then gently brush the spray into the shoe. The brushing step is crucial because that’s how the spray bonds with the material of your shoe.
Dry and repeat
Wait about 15 minutes for your shoes to dry and then repeat the process. This time let your shoes dry for several hours (the bottle recommends 24 hours) before wearing them.
So there ya have it folks, some of my tips for caring for your suede shoes. I hope these little tips help you out this suede season. 🙂 And I highly recommend checking out the Jak Snow Magic Spray if you have a large collection of suede shoes that your tempted to wear in the rain. 😉 Hope you guys enjoyed this post! See ya Thursday!