How To Clean Smelly Boat Shoes & Loafers

 
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Photo via trends4us.com

We love the feel of barefoot on leather, but after a long, hot summer, your beloved boat shoes can get a touch ripe. Before you put your leather slip-ons away for the winter, freshen them up! Smelly loafers aren’t nearly as difficult to clean as you might think. 

Of course, if your shoes are in need of professional cleaning, see one of our leather-and-suede consultants. Not in New York? No problem — we clean and ship worldwide!

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Photo via decoist.com

Smelly loafers? For a simple, home treatment for de-odorizing, use a two-step process of vinegar and baking soda. First, fill a spray bottle with a little vinegar and spritz all around the inside of the shoe. Be careful not to get any vinegar on the outside of the shoe, which will easily stain any suede or other delicate finish. Then, once dried, sprinkle a healthy amount of baking soda inside the shoe, letting it set overnight. 

Wake up the next day, and your leather loafers should be smelling significantly better. Shake out the remaining baking soda and your shoes are ready to wear. 

How to clean leather Sperry's? Just stick them in the washing machine, preferably in a mesh bag to keep them from bouncing around and getting torn up. If your boat shoes are a little long in the tooth, you might be concerned about their stitching. In that case, forgo the agitation of the washing machine and launder them by hand. Another simple trick — pop your boat shoes in the freezer to kill odor-causing bacteria.