Cleaning Leather, Suede, and Canvas Shoes


Did you ever notice that the first thing you notice about a person's outfit is oftentimes their shoes? Take a second to look at your feet--if your tan shoes have darkened to a brown, it's time for a clean. Fortunately, cleaning shoes isn’t as difficult as it may seem! 

In this article, we'll outline how to clean three types of shoes: leather, suede, and canvas. Remember: the most important rule when cleaning shoes is to give each material its specific treatment.



Suede shoes are probably the most scuff-prone piece of attire in the world. Though they may be a struggle to keep clean, they give a luxurious look that's hard to compete with. The simplest way to maintain your suede shoes is to with a suede brush. This handy tool is great for a quick clean on the go. It is important that scuffs be tended at first notice. By addressing the blemishes early you eliminate deep, hard-to-clean marks. If you find yourself with a larger scuff or stain use a dab of hydrogen peroxide and massage the shoe until the stain has vanished. For more serious stuff, bring them to the pros, but these are two easy steps are great basic maintenance for clean suede shoes.


We’ve noticed that people tend to have less ambition when it comes to cleaning another summer staple: canvas shoes. Granted, canvas shoes need less maintenance than most footwear, but it is still good practice to clean them weekly. The good news is that all you have to do to clean your canvas kicks is throw them in the washer machine, and the majority of the blemishes should be gone! For more intense marks use the powerful combination of baking soda and water to rub onto the stain before throwing into the wash. This is about the most heavy-duty cleaning treatment we’d recommend at home.



Even in the dead of summer heat, we’re at our sharpest when sporting leather shoes. Whether you’re at work or on a date, leather shoes skyrocket your style… as long as they are properly maintained. Many people don’t know how to clean leather shoes, but the process isn’t all that complicated. Regular polish treatment is recommended to form a barrier against stains. If you’ve got more severe blemishing, simply wipe the leather with a cloth saturated with a combination of both lemon juice and water. Next, let the shoes sit in the sun for several hours. Finally, you can buff away any remaining blemishes with nail polish remover to have the shoes look their freshest. Yes, the process of cleaning leather shoes is fairly time consuming, but we hope your leather shoes are an investment that deserve the best in care.

Victor Chang