How to Take Care of White Leather Shoes

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Whether suede, nubuck or patent leather, white leather shoes are more difficult to take care of and keep clean. For those with a good sense of summer fashion, they are a wardrobe necessity. Taking the extra steps to protect and clean your white leather shoes is smart and rewarding.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather conditioner
  • White leather polish
  • Clean, soft rag
  • Suede shoe kit including brush and eraser
  • White leather cleaning foam

Use a cleaner intended for white leather when your shoes get dirty. White leather shoe foam is a good example of an appropriate product. Clean your shoes as soon as possible after getting them dirty to avoid letting stains set.

Polish white leather shoes often with a good quality, white leather shoe polish. Either rub a leather conditioner in first, and then use liquid white polish, or choose a white paste polish that conditions and polishes at the same time. Use a soft rag and buff the shoes gently. Allow to dry overnight.

Brush white suede shoes with a suede brush. Carry the suede brush with you when your wear your white suede shoes. Suede shoe cleaning kits include an eraser that you rub on spots and stains, and a brush that you brush away the dirt with after using the eraser. Use the brush all over the shoe to keep it looking clean.

Clean and shine white patent leather shoes with liquid cleaners specially formulated for patent leather. Rub cleaner on the shoe with a soft cloth until the mark is gone.

Tips & Warnings

  • The same products and practices work on white leather purses and other white leather clothing and accessories.
  • Even armed with the above information, be careful where you wear your white leather shoes.

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