How To Care For Suede & Nubuck Shoes – Q&A 32 | Kirby Allison

Hi! I’m Kirby Allison thank you for all
your comments and questions that you guys have posted on our YouTube channel
after reading them all and answering as many as possible I’ve selected five that
we’re gonna feature in today’s Q&A video each of these individuals I have
selected will receive a complimentary pair of our Wellington shoelaces as a
token of our appreciation for their participation and our channel in today’s
Q&A video we’re gonna be answering your questions about Suede Care so our first
question today is from Jade Chung and it reads how does a Suede eraser work is it
not just vibration so a great question Jay there’s really two different types
of products you need for you know the regular or daily maintenance of Suede so
that’s not including any of your cleaners or conditioning sprays one of
them is a good Suede brush that’s gonna help you you know really get into the
NAP and and clean any dirt that’s gotten into the Suede itself now we sell a
variety of Suede brushes you know here at Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project this
one is a brass bristle with a little bit of synthetic bristles on the edge sold
by severe now but we also have a beautiful boar bristle natural bristle
brush that we sell that’s my favorite there’s a Crepe brush that you can use
that is going to be a little bit more gentle than something like a steel
bristle brush this is especially useful for something like a new buck which is a
much finer Suede but then you have the gum it in Suede eraser and so this is a
really unique product that is used for dry stains it looks just like an eraser
and if you have anything that is you know fallen onto your Suede and dried
like any type of food or I don’t know maybe some hard dirt or something that’s
difficult to get off now this is a great product so you might not be able to see
this in the video but here’s a small little you know kind of embedded stain
so you know I could try it first with the Suede brush
and you know that got the small one this one right next to it’s still there so
for the Suede eraser you’re just gonna work that in to the map just like you
would you know a pencil eraser honestly and what this does is these small kind
of rough you know particles in the Suede eraser get into the Suede and should
pull whatever that off is on there off now you’ll see it does leave a residue
of the eraser behind but this just brushes up you know really easily and
you can see I really kind of have removed for the most part what was there
so the Suede eraser you know isn’t an essential part of Suede care but it’s
certainly a nice product to have here’s another stain you know right here you
know as you can see I’m using the Suede brush it really doesn’t get that off so
the next step would then be to use the Suede eraser and again you want to think
of the Suede eraser not as a daily care but is really more of kind of like a
spot treatment occasional care so I’m gonna work this into the Suede for those
of you that are wondering what shoe I’m using this is a pair of my Alfred
Sergeant cap toe Oxford semi brogues beautiful shoe dark brown Suede can I
get so much use out of this but as you can see that’s helped and a further
remove that spot it’s certainly less and less noticeable you still can see it
there a little bit you know the next step to really get into this might be
used to use this severe immunity Yount Suede shampoo which is really kind of
the next step but this is great at kind of removing those really difficult to
get embedded stains our next question today is from Benjamin
Schnell and it’s on our video on how to waterproof Suede shoes and this is the
type of comment that I just absolutely love reading it just validates
everything that we’re doing on our youtube channel and really brings a
smile to me and it reads I’ve avoided suede shoes
of the care my next shoes I purchase will be suede I think you should do a
video on leather briefcase care which we’ve done and a presidential briefcase
shine so great suggestions and you know what I love about this comment is that
you know a lot of people shy away from wearing Suede shoes because they don’t
know how to care for Suede they think you know a Suede shoes get dirty really
quickly and after a year of regular use my Suede shoes look terrible and I have
to throw them away so why would I invest in a really high-quality pair of suede
shoes and that couldn’t be any farther from the truth
you know Suede shoes are some of the easiest shoes to care for the beauty of
Suede is that you can’t scuff it you know so if you’re traveling and you
know kick the seat in front of you or if someone steps on your shoe you’re not
gonna ruin Suede the same way that calf skin can be easily ruined through
abrasion so Suede in many ways is a much more durable material than calf skin and
for that it’s very long lasting and hard wearing now Suede is incredibly easy to
care for if you can wash your hair at the end of the day you can take care of
Suede shoes I mean the most important things are one regular brushing with the
Suede brush now a tip on this is that if you don’t have a Suede brush you can use
any type of short bristled shoeshine brush anything that has a bristle that’s
gonna really get into the Suede you know get any type of embedded dirt out and
fluff that nap is is essential for daily care and then from a regular occasional
care it’s essential to use a Suede shampoo now Suede shampoo like the
severe Omni Nettoyant is a miracle worker it can take an incredibly dirty
worn pair of Suede shoes and totally revitalize it I can’t overstate how
effective a suede shampoo is at taking care of suede shoes it’s you know can
take a pair that you’d throw away and really bring them totally back to life
so you know regular shampooing you know a few times a year or at least whenever
your shoes are looking really dirty I will really go a long way to allowing
you to wear a pair of Suede shoes for years
if not decades and it’s incredibly easy to use I mean you just put some of this
in a bowl we have a nice large deluxe Dabra that makes it very easy to quickly
shampoo a pair of shoes rinse it under water you don’t have to worry about
getting it wet it’s certainly okay and then allow the shoes to dry and then
repress you with a suede brush and there you are so we have an entire video you
know really detailing how to care for suede shoes that goes into great detail
how to use these products you know but really suede shoes should not be
something that intimidates you they’re incredibly easy to care for they’re very
versatile I love traveling with them I love wearing them whenever I’m out with
my kids and just because I don’t have to stress about you know messing up my
shine or having anyone step on my shoes so if you don’t know para nice suede
dress shoes you know I would certainly encourage it our next question is from
Anton Bock and it’s on the same how to waterproof suede shoes video and it says
dear mr. Allison on the renovated on the renovating spray it says that it also
causes the material in this case suede to become water repellent would you say
that the renovate or spray is and not enough and that the severe supernovas
should be applied so there’s two different products at aerosols that are
really dedicated to kind of advanced suede care and here at kirby allison
tanker project you know these two products really go a long way towards
you know advanced suede care if you will now they’re different products so this
is the severe rent of a tour for suede and new buck
and this is the severe supernova now the severe renovating spray you know you
want to think of this as an alternative you know to you know basically a
pomander cream polish now this has an almond oil in it it’s gonna help nourish
the suede it’s gonna renew the the nice soft patina or the slight shine that you
get on a beautiful pair of suede shoes and then what’s nice is that it also
comes with various and various colors now it’s not as many colors is with the
severe pomodoro queen polish but the pigment helps renew the the color
saturation and a pair of suede shoes now i think there’s a three or four
different colors we have and you want to think of this is not really needing to
be an exact match but close match because the pigment and this
because it’s an aerosol is really transparent and so it’s not gonna change
the color of suede shoes it’s really just gonna merely tint the color and
bring in you know kind of that background any type of fading you might
have so I recommend the renovating spray really for regular maintenance I mean
every you know a few months take your shoes and into the garage or outside
spray it down it’s gonna help you know again you know really nourish the suede
keep it soft and supple it’s gonna renew that nice soft little shine and it’s
also gonna help you know bring it back the color a little bit now this might
provide a little bit of waterproofing but really you know the waterproofing
product that we sell is the supernova now this is really great for high-end
shoes because it doesn’t contain any silicone products and just slow drying
now you honestly want a slow drying waterproofer because if it dries too
quickly before it has an opportunity to soak into the suede it can cause white
rings to form and so any type of you know nano protector or any type of
really you know Scotch Guard or anything that you would find commonly at the
store you know that dries in minutes you absolutely do not want to use that on a
really high quality pair of shoes now what’s nice about the supernova is that
it really had a waterproof anything I mean you could spray it on your calf
skin shoes if you wanted to and you can also use it on fabric slippers you know
I use it on my son’s boots so this is a great product and this is really gonna
provide that water protection that is so necessary for really any pair of shoes
but especially suede shoes because unlike calf skin you’re not putting any
wax on top of the suede so it’s not gonna get any of that waterproofing you
know that a cream or a wax polish would traditionally Perry bring a pair of calf
skin shoes so I highly recommend it it’ll really again help help extend the
lifetime of your shoes another great property of the severe supernova is that
it’s not permanent now that might seem a little bit of counter into
but you want this to wear off so once the water stops beating on top of the
suede it just means that the product is worn off and you want to reapply it now
the reason that’s important is that I’ve actually sprayed this of what is it the
the turaga nano protector on a pair of suede Cheka boots I would never use it
on any of my fine suede shoes but you know on a pair of boots that you know
wearing to go hunting or something I’ve used to done and it’s so effective that
whenever I went to go clean the shoes using the Saffir omni that to me on
suede shampoo I couldn’t even get the water back into the suede it was really
incredible you know I had to take ammonia and on a cloth and rub the shoe
down in order to pull the Saffir nano protector off so you know nana protector
it’s a miracle worker it’s great for like a pair of hiking boots but I would
never use it on a nice pair of shoes because it’ll also prevent you from
going back over the shoes and properly shampooing them so another great thing
about all of our suede and nuba cleaning products that have two discussed here
with the exception of the brushes is that they can also be used on fabric
slippers right so suede nubuck and textiles these are a pair of my foster
and sons grade slippers and you know I can shampoo these you know with the
severe Omni Netanyahu I can waterproof them with the super nova now you
wouldn’t use the renovating spray but again a lot of these suede products can
be used to clean fabric slippers also our next question today is from shin ku
and it reads hi Kirby which between the CREP brush or the bristle brush would
you recommend for cleaning full grain leather shoes with a suede upper quarter
inserts you know for example of Balmoral boots with suede inserts my Carmina
cordovan boots are exactly what you’re talking about
since the suede quarters are sewn right next to the full grain leather how would
you clean and condition that section without impacting the full-grain leather
section so a great questions gets into a little bit of advanced suede care you
know first and foremost you know traditionally on a pair of dress boots
like that you have a much finer nap to the suede and so for that reason I
really would recommend using a CREP rush over a bristle brush because it is going
to be much more gentle on that suede so any type of swated
nubuck or any type of really fine swated caps can that again doesn’t have you
know kind of a large larger kind of more robust at nap pattern you want to use
the crip brush this operates in much the same way where you’re gonna brush the
suede and what’s nice is because the gumminess of the the crip it actually
helps again pull some of that dirt off now in the same way that you wouldn’t
want to use a shoeshine brush that you just buffed a pair of black shoes on a
light brown pair of shoes with the crip press you really you know need one of
these for your dark shoes and one of these for your light shoes i mean you
wouldn’t want to just clean a pair of dark brown suede shoes and then take
this same brush to a light brown curb shoes because you could get some dye
discharge onto that lighter colored pair of shoe so absolutely I would recommend
going for a crip brush for any type of finer grained suede and then a bristle
brush now the next question with regard to cleaning is that you still could
shampoo you know the suede using and the Omni Netanyahu you just would need to be
more careful maybe you use a smaller bristled dauber to help you better
control where that is you know I probably have like a small washcloth or
something to help prevent this from getting onto the leather now this won’t
damage the leather but you just would want to keep that shampooing you know
really onto the suede but I wouldn’t worry too much because it again it won’t
damage the leather I mean in the same way that a saddle soap that wouldn’t
damage the leather and then if you want to use any of the sprays you know again
you could take a a washcloth and just simply place that on top of the the
smooth leather and then spray these products onto the swated part of your
shoe and that would work fine if you have any questions about that chin feel
free to ask them in the comment section below or post the pictures on instagram
and tag us and that’s another way I can provide some help to you
our last question is from Paki and this is on our how to condition leather belt
video where we conditioned and allen edmonds
calfskin belt and it says that how would you clean a nubuck belt I have a nubuck
belt that’s beautiful but if I ever get it wet it’s ruined yeah I touched it
with wet hands once and it’s still stained to this day anyway to renew
suede and new buck after getting it wet or would you just stand the whole item
with water so that it matches so a great question you know I love new buck belts
you know it’s a beautiful soft kind of swated texture and again I would clean a
new buck belt the same way that we really do our suede just with the
exception that I would use a CREP brush you know to brush it but the Saffir omni
netanyahu again it’s safe for suede a new buck so
you know if you’ve ever discolored your belt because you got some oils on to it
from your hands I honestly would just shampoo it with the Omni netanyahu
and then brush the suede I mean you could always condition it using the
relevant renovating spray and of course you could waterproof it with the super
and over now all of these products would be completely safe to use on your new
buck belt so those would be my suggestions and I would bet that if you
were to actually try to use the sapir I mean Netanyahu you’d probably get that
stain that you left on the belt whenever you touched it off so feel free
to post some pictures on Instagram I’d love to see what you’re talking about
and let us know how these products worked in the comment section below
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  • 1 waiting the hype is real

  • Hi Kirby,
    Do you periodically clean your welt and shoe brushes ? If so can you tell us how you do it .
    thanks, Doug

  • I too was scared about wearing suede shoes thinking that since you can't polish them, they would quickly wear beyond an acceptable level. Your videos are the reason I bought a pair of suede Cleverley RTW derbies, so I thank you (though my checkbook does not).

  • How can you tell when you need to reapply the suede renovateur? Are the colored ones really necessary?

    Also, I know ppl have mentioned you pronouncing the product names incorrectly before. Can you learn the proper way to say them so we also don’t learn the incorrect pronunciation?

  • 5:14 "suede in many ways is a more durable material than calfskin"… I am sorry Kirby, i watch your videos religiously but will have to I disagree until you can show me a pair of 15-25 year old worn suede shoes. Dont even bother, cuz they dont exist. From a Tod's mocassins owner. ☺

  • That’s a nice suit you are wearing there, Kirby. I wouldn’t mind one for myself. What is the fabric (looks like flannel)? What is the exact colour? Where did you get it and how much would it cost? Thanks.

  • Great video. I've just ordered a few Saphir products from your website. I have many different colored shoes and was wondering which would be preferred, (1) use a neutral cream polish and color matching wax polish or (2) use a color matched cream polish and use a neutral wax polish? Will it be a big drop off in appearance vs color matching both cream and wax polish?

  • thank you for video

  • Love your videos Kirby.
    I recently bought some roughout suede Chelsea boots.
    I've had conflicting advice about caring for them, ranging from using suede brush and Saphir suede sprays to wax leather cream.
    I did try a bristle brush which just seemed to scratch them.
    Grateful for your advice.

  • Hi Kirby. I too bought a pair of suede boots, a lovely pair of chukkas, last year. And i’m starting to notice that, at the tip of my boots there seems to be a bit of balding as it were. The suede losing it’s texture. Is this normal or a sign of inferior suede? Anything that can solve this issue?

  • Thank you Kirby for explaining proper use of all these Saphir products. The Avel website is hopeless, descriptions and instructions differ from the French version to the English version and the Valmour website is no better. If you get around to answering this, could you expand on the Nappa balm? I saw the Alex Petrossian video and noticed he does what I do, which is to use Nappa instead of Renovateur on all my calf shoes- it seems to condition better- What do you think about this?

  • Would these waterproofing sprays also make the suede shoes much less "breathable"? I live in the tropics where it rains so often but having a breathable pair of shoes is so important on sunny days.

  • Great video, Kirby. Some really terrific tips. I've always been afraid of wearing my suede shows for fear of getting them dirty or soiled. Your tips will certainly help me to keep them looking nice. Again, my thanks.

  • Kirby, great video! I love black suede shoes and I purchased the renovatour spray in black from your site…In my experience one thing I’ve noticed with black suede is that when I brush them or use a suede eraser, they tend to look faded and lose the deep black that I love about them. Could also be my nit-pickiness. Any advice on maintains that deep black other than the renovatour spray in black?

  • How would caring for velvet dress slippers differ from suede care?

  • Hi , could you do a video on waterproofing different types of shoes/boots?

  • Good afternoon, please tell me how to care for footwear made of nubuck, which tools to use and so on. Thank. I'm from Russia sorry for my english i use google translator)

  • Thanks Kirby, love all your videos, I recently bought my first premium pair of boots and i polished them with the help of your tutorial. You are doing great job. Im 21 but fall in love with premium shoes already

  • Excellent stuff, thanks 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

  • Hey Kirby,

    Any way to restore an over-brushed suede boot? I brushed a pair of Common Projects too much with a brush that was too harsh, and the suede seems to be look hairy. Any help is appreciated.


  • Hi Kirby, I was wondering how you would go about cleaning indigo dye from snuff suede? I wore my new chelsea boots and belt with a new pair of jeans and there was a little bit of discharge that stained the break part of the boots and some spots on the belt with a green hue (I guess because of the effect of blue on brown). Would the shampoo help at removing the indigo dye from the boots/belt? And would the renovateur help recolor and cover over the stain when the boots dry? Finally, would you apply the same treatment to both shoes and belt? Thanks in advance and great videos! I really love your channel and store and appreciate all your advice! Best, Ernesto

  • Your video was very informative, thank you Kirby! Definitely know what my next shoe care purchases will be

  • Could you just use a high quality pencil/pen eraser?

  • Can you use horsehair brush for cleaning nubuck? You mentioned that nubuck will be ruined with a hard-bristle suede brush, would horsehair work? Or should I avoid all brushes except for the crepe eraser for nubuck?

  • Can you put leather conditioner on nubuck ?

  • hi, how do i condition nubuck leather shoes ?…….mink oil or coconut oil ?……..many thanks in advance………..

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