Elvis Presley, the king of rock ‘n’ roll, once sang: "Don’t you step on my blue suede shoes. You can do anything, but stay off of my blue suede shoes."
Perhaps the legendary Memphis, Tennessee, crooner was onto something with his 1956 cover version of Carl Perkins’ classic hit song "Blue Suede Shoes." The style of footwear that's often synonymous with wintry weather is a favorite during this time of year. But even Elvis understood that suede, in all its soft glory, is a pain to maintain and keep clean.
Before succumbing to the impractical urge of telling people to "stay off" of your go-to pair, we have an easier way to ensure that your beautiful suede shoes remain in pristine condition throughout sweater season. The best part is that the recommended cleaning solutions can be found right in your kitchen pantry, and they won't require a splash of water. Because as you already know, in the same way that vinegar and milk don’t mix, suede and water don’t mesh well together either.
For spotless suede boots, loafers, or pumps, all you’ll need are these two everyday household items: bread and white vinegar.
According to TODAY Style, you’ll want to make sure the bread is hard and stale with a crunchy texture. You can do this by leaving a few slices out on the counter for one or two days. Once the bread is in a sandpaper-like state, you’ll gently rub it across the surface area to remove spots and dirt. Repeat until the shoes are clean.
As the ancient proverb goes, "bread is the staff of life." Well, when it comes to suede shoes, bread can truly be a lifesaver. But it’s not the only kitchen essential you can use for scuffs. White vinegar also does the trick for stubborn stains, like wine, oil, or food.
Simply, pour a little white vinegar on a clean cloth, and carefully wipe the affected area. Put a tiny dab of vinegar on the stain first and then allow it to air dry. Cornstarch is a trusted alternative to white vinegar for tough oil stains.
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When you suffer a suede mishap this season, try these two cleaning tricks to preserve and protect your precious footwear. And while you’re at it, pair them with these stylish jackets for winter. Elvis would be so proud.