According to a recent survey, 50% of women believe that a man’s shoes reflect his personality. But get this -- 65% of women admit to insisting their man change his shoes before leaving the house. Fortunately, you know fashionable footwear, and no one would dare try to separate you from your sweet suede slip on sneakers.
Unless, of course, they’re looking a little beat up. You heard it straight from the King himself: “You can do anything, but stay off of my blue suede shoes.”
It’s true that suede shoes are particularly vulnerable to scuffs, stains, and scratches, and anyone who has ever owned a pair can certainly sympathize with Elvis’s plea. After all, suede is notoriously hard to clean.
If too much rockin’ around the clock has tarnished your favorite suede minimalist sneakers, don’t fret. Just follow these simple steps to restore them to their original glory.
- Pick up a suede brush: Suede’s soft grain is best cleaned with a special brush. You can find a suede brush in any suede cleaning kit. As you may know, suede is extremely sensitive to moisture. That means you should always deal with scuff marks and dirt when your shoes are dry.
- Brush gently: Use the special brush to gently sweep away any dust or dirt that has built up on the suede. Do not go against the grain when trying to get rid of dirt. Brush repeatedly in one direction.
- Brush vigorously: Once the dirt has been removed, it is safe to brush with pressure against the grain. To remove scuffmarks, lift the grain by vigorously brushing back and forth with a suede brush. If scuffs remain, try using a knife to scrape the area.
- Protect: To keep clean suede fresh, spray a coat of suede protector on the surface of your shoes.
It’s that simple! In four easy steps, you can keep your suede slip on sneakers looking good as new.
You are a fashionable guy, so you already know that mens suede slip on sneakers -- and low cut sneakers in general -- are this summer’s hottest trend. But did you know that Italian footwear is considered among the highest quality in men’s shoes? In fact, in 2013, Italy’s footwear exports increased 2.5% in volume and 5.6% in value, with 220 million pairs being exported around the globe at a total value of 8,073 million Euros. So, when you are scanning your favorite online footwear stores for the newest addition to your collection, make sure you keep an eye out for Italian made sneakers.