How many times have you put on your suede shoes and thought, ‘Damn, these make me look good!' Your suede shoes take good care of you; it's time for you to return the favour. Before you read these five simple tips for looking after your favorite suede shoes, SHOP the latest collection from Aquila.

Suede Shoe Care Tip #1 – Protect them with a waterproofing spray

Suede doesn't hold up to the elements as well as some other materials, so make sure your shoes are prepared to face inclement weather. A number of waterproofing products are available to create a protective barrier that will keep the fabric healthy and maintain its original color. A waterproofing spray is an easy and inexpensive option.

Suede Shoe Care Tip #2 – If you do get your suede shoes wet, don't freak out!

Accidents happen. It's not the end of the world. If your shoes are left with water stains, they can be treated. The process involves using the water dampened bristles of a soft shoe brush to wet the outer surface of both shoes. What? The process of removing water stains involves adding more water? Yes, it does. Here's how it works.

Suede Shoe Care Tip #3 – The real problems begin when the stain is something more serious

Your suede shoes might laugh in the face of rain, but the laughter stops when they're faced with oil or grease. First, try brushing the stain off with a stiff brush and applying a suede eraser. If that doesn't work, try hand washing them. If you still don't have any luck, take them to a cobbler for a professional cleaning. If all else fails, it's time to bury them and buy another pair.

Suede Shoe Care Tip #4 – Take extra special care of your suede shoes in their advancing years

All of us need a little more TLC as we get older. If your suede shoes have been beloved companions for a long time, hold them over a pot of boiling water and let the steam hit them (you like the steam room, and so do they). Then brush them with a suede brush to restore the material's texture and lustre.

Suede Shoe Care Tip #5 – Don't abandon basic shoe care

Don't get so wrapped up in the idea of suede as a special snowflake that you forget general footwear care best practices. Insert unvarnished, cedar shoetrees whenever you're not wearing your shoes. Try to let them have at least a day of rest in between each wearing. Go old school and use a shoehorn whenever you can.

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