What do I need to know about suede shoes?

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  1. element02

    element02 Senior member

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    Are there any other recommended spray protectors? I have some Kiwi that I bought years ago, but don't know if it's still okay to use, or even if that's a good protectant.
     


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    Suede shoes are not as fragile as people seem to think. In fact, I've had great luck with them holding up quite well.

    I still have the first pair of Allen Edmonds (suede) shoes that I bought in 1996, and I wear them fairly often, and they look brand new. I wore them through some snow the other day out of necessity.

    Bottom line, if you take care of them; shoe trees, some protectant spray, a good suede nap brush, and a good cleaning solution, they'll be fine. Avoid spilling grease on them, but we can even work through that.


    Agreed.

    I have one pair of Edward Green lace ups in a dark brown suede. I have been careless with them and they have never retained a permanent stain or damage of any kind. Over time, the nap subsides a little and you may get bald spots from wear or from continued creasing, most noticebly under the laces.
     


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    The key thing to know about suede is that it's awesome.
    Amen. I don't spray mine, fwiw. I used the spray on a suede jacket years ago and was not so happy with the results. Dark brown suede can be worn a long time before it needs the Saphir cleaning. Suede is to shoes as wool is to ties. Cordovan (and polished calf) are shiny and reflective like silk. Suede, like wool, absorbs light. It's not as flashy. I dig this I like how the suede shoes sneak up on people. My suede shoes do not get a lot of immediate attention, but still they get a lot of compliments.
     


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    mr monty Senior member

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    I'm not familiar with suede "cleaning solutions." I do use a protectant spray, and I use a brush and eraser, and that's it on the few pairs of suede shoes I own. Could you please expound a little on them? How beneficial are they?

    I have suede shoes that are nearly 30 years and still look very good. I never use any type of protectant. I use a brush and AVOID foul weather.
     


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    Well, it would seem this is the place to ask about suede shoes. I offered a pair of Tramezzas up for sale the other day, and later withdrew them, mostly because I really, really like them. Enough in fact that I'm willing to suffer for a while with a right shoe that is a bit too tight. Now on to my question. In the pics below you can see small spot on the vamp of the left shoe. Can anyone tell if this is a "bald spot" or some kind of stain that could be removed.

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    I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I've got a paif of LE AS chukkas that I want to protect. Would there be any discolouration or ill effects if I use the Kiwi suede protector?
     


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    Would it be patchy or an even darkening?
     


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    Depends on if you application is patchy or even [​IMG]

    Like using spray paint, you want to make quick, even strokes and put on a thin coat. A few thin coats are better than a heavy, uneven application.
     


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    Like using spray paint, you want to make quick, even strokes and put on a thin coat. A few thin coats are better than a heavy, uneven application.

    Thanks crazyquik.

    What is the best protectant?
     


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    As long as you use a repellent on a regular basis, and use a suede brush to keep the nap up, your suede will last for years. They also make suede renevators with color to add in case the color fades. The best products are collonil shoe care or Urad Products.
     


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    Saphir makes a cleaning solution, I kid you not when I say it's a miracle. I took my suede oxfords in to a local cobbler for cleaning after some grease was spilled on them and a suede eraser had proved fruitless. He told me that there was nothing I could do. On a whim and someone here's recommendation, I tried the Saphir cleaner; two easy applications, and they looked brand new.
    Were they the ones recommended on this page? http://www.valmour.fr/advices/removi...-from-shoes,34
     


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    What would you recommend for a good spray protector?

    What brand of spray protector do you recommend? Do they all do the same thing, or do some protect, some waterproof, etc.? Does the spray discolor lighter-colored suede?

    Allen Edmonds makes a good silicone-free spray that costs $9 (shipping is free if you live in the US). I haven't found anything better than this.
     


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    Well, it would seem this is the place to ask about suede shoes. I offered a pair of Tramezzas up for sale the other day, and later withdrew them, mostly because I really, really like them. Enough in fact that I'm willing to suffer for a while with a right shoe that is a bit too tight. Now on to my question. In the pics below you can see small spot on the vamp of the left shoe. Can anyone tell if this is a "bald spot" or some kind of stain that could be removed.

    That is a bald spot ... and its quite small, I did not see it on the first pic till you pointed it out. Don't worry about it, it just adds to the character of the shoe.

    My suede wingtips have something like this where they have creased (happened after wearing them quite a bit). It doesn't take anything away from the shoe though ... here is a pic, the "line" you see on the left shoe is the balding. I don't worry about it at all. The right shoe also seems to be developing some of the same where it is creasing ... however, note that I wear these a LOT, and they are not really good suede.

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    Tom (LeatherSoul) posted a pair of his well worn alden suede NSTs on AAAC and they are rockin' with all the wear. This is how I want my suede shoes to look, well loved and well taken care of. I have read that Alden uses the top manufacturer of suede ...

    AAAC link:http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/F...postcount=5696

    Tom's NSTs:

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    Are there any other recommended spray protectors? I have some Kiwi that I bought years ago, but don't know if it's still okay to use, or even if that's a good protectant.

    I've been using Meltonian Water & Stain Protector and I've been very pleased with the results. I get it from my local shoe repair shop and it runs about $5.95 per can.

    Hope this helps.
     


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