How to clean handcrafted shoes: tips and advice

Handcrafted shoes represent a valuable investment for those seeking quality and style. However, keeping them in optimal condition requires specific care and attention to detail.

Materials of handcrafted shoes

1. High-quality leather:

Most handcrafted shoes are made from high-quality leather. Use a mild detergent specifically for leather to clean surface stains. Apply the cleaner with a soft, dry cloth, then gently wipe dry. Only use beeswax polish for patinated shoes, as this will protect the patina.

2. Suede and Nubuck:

For suede or nubuck shoes, use a suede brush to remove dirt. Avoid using water, as it may irreparably damage these types of leather. Alternatively, you can use a suede eraser to remove lighter stains.

3. Shoes with decorative elements:

If your handcrafted shoes have decorative details, such as beads or stones, treat them very gently. Clean these parts with a soft, dry cloth, avoiding the use of harsh detergents that could damage them.

Steps for cleaning handcrafted shoes

1. Surface dirt removal:

Before you start cleaning, remove dirt and dust from the shoes using a soft cloth or brush. This will help prevent dirt from getting into the pores of the leather during subsequent cleaning.

2. Deep cleaning:

Apply the specific cleaner to the leather, following the manufacturer's instructions. Use gentle, circular motions to clean the surface. Next, wipe the shoes dry with a clean, dry cloth to remove any detergent residue.

3. Storage and protection:

After cleaning, let the shoes air dry in the open air, away from direct heat sources. Once completely dry, apply a protective leather product to preserve their beauty and protect them from the elements. Try using shoe trees for men’s shoes if possible to help retain their shape and reduce creases incurred due to wear.

4. Storage of handcrafted shoes

Jerelyn Creado recommends storing crafted shoes in cloth bags or special boxes to avoid damage and preserve their shape. Avoid stacking them to avoid compromising the original shape of the shoes.

By following these tips and adopting a regular cleaning and maintenance routine, you can keep your handcrafted shoes in top condition for a long time. Now that you know all the secrets on how to clean handcrafted shoes take a look at our collections of women's handcrafted shoes and men's handcrafted shoes.