It’s winter, which means it’s time to break out your boots. Hurray! Suede boots are comfortable, stylish and keep you really warm, but they don’t fare particularly well in winter. Snow, rain and sleet can ruin suede boots, so you need to ensure you keep them in pristine condition. Here are a few tips you can use to protect suede boots.
Look at the weather forecast
Before you pull on a pair of suede boots, check your local weather forecast. If it’s going to rain or pelt it down with snow you might want to leave them at home that day. The more you expose your suede boots to water and dirt, the more likely you are to ruin them.
You wouldn’t hit the beach without applying sun cream would you? The same principle applies here. You can buy suede sealant spray at a number of major chains across the UK. Apply a thin layer to your boots and it should somewhat protect them from the worst of the winter elements.
Store them carefully
Storage is key. We’d suggest that you store suede boots in a cool, dry place – perhaps the bottom of your wardrobe. This will safeguard them from excessive exposure to sunlight, which can cause fading. Avoid putting them in plastic contains – suede boots need to be exposed to the air!
Don’t clean with water
If your boots get dirty whatever you do, don’t clean them with water. This can damage the colour and texture of suede. Use a small amount of vinegar and a towel instead. If you damp the towel with vinegar and blot out the stains you can clean your shoes without ruining them!
Go to a professional
Suede boots are an investment; if you treat them properly you can wear them year after year after year. You need to protect your investment; take your suede boots to a professional cleaner before you pack them away at the end of the winter season. They can remove any minute traces of dirt you’ve overlooked, ensuring your suede boots remain in mint condition for years to come.
If you protect your suede boots, you can wear them all winter long. Now all you need to do is think about the rest of your outfit. Suede boots are really versatile – as long as you keep colour in mind, you can pair them with just about anything!