Nothing is worse than buying an expensive pair of leather or suede shoes and seeing them ruined by snow, salt, and dirt. The good news is there there’s an easy way to clean and refurbish them. The better news is that it’s also cheap to do.
First let’s talk about leather. There’s a secret product called Chelsea Leather Food that is made for extending the life of high end leather soccer cleats. You can find it on Amazon for about $16, direct link is in the sidebar for either the clear or black variety. One jar should last a few winters depending on frequency of use.
To use, just wipe the shoe clean with a damp cloth and then use a dry cloth to rub in the leather food. I like to describe it as “chapstick for your shoes” because it’s got a soft wax consistency and you can immediately see the difference. The Chelsea Leather Food will moisturize the leather (just like chapstick on lips) and will extend the life of the shoe. My shoes pictured here have made it through three winters and they still look brand new.
Moving on to suede. Everyone knows that it’s impossible to keep suede clean. My first suggestion is to not buy suede shoes, but if you have to (because they’re adorable and comfy) do yourself a favor and buy a dark color.
To clean dirt and salt off of suede make a small bowl of equal parts warm water and vinegar. Use a clean cotton towel to wipe the shoe clean. It only takes a few minutes. Make sure the suede has time to dry before wearing, and if there are annoying particles stuck to the suede when it’s still damp, you can brush them off after the material has dried.
Hope this helps keep your feet sparkling through winter!