How to Clean Leather Shoes

Despite the production of newer synthetic materials and technologies, leather shoes remain a staple of men’s and women’s shoe collections worldwide and for good reason. This natural material’s flexibility allows craftsmen to manipulate the material as they see fit to create shoes and boots in an infinite number of shapes and styles. Its inherent resilience encourages frequent—if not daily—wear as it withstands exposure to the elements to protect your feet. Most importantly, leather shoes possess an inimitable aesthetic that somehow manages to evoke both class and ruggedness. In other words, they look good.

But, with great leather shoes comes great responsibility. Without proper care and maintenance, leather shoes will stiffen up and eventually become brittle as dirt and debris settle into the pores of the leather. The lifespan of the material severely shortens and just doesn’t look as good. Here at FootFitter, we love our leather shoes, and we know you do, too, which is why we’re here to show you how to clean your shoes.

How to Clean Leather Shoes

Step 1: Remove shoe laces.

Step 2: Brush off dirt and debris with shoe brush.

Step 3: Clean surface of shoe with damp cloth.

Step 4: Dry shoe with soft, dry cloth.

Step 5: Apply shoe conditioner with applicator brush.

Step 6: Insert shoe trees and let air dry.

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