Oh, my blue suede shoes!

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Suede is basically the reverse side of the leather; it is made from using the inside of the animal skin where due to the fibre content we get a shaggy nap.  Normally suede exterior is not very strong, therefore not so durable but softer than standard leather. Its softness, thinness, and pliability make it suitable for clothing and delicate uses.

In the 1950’s,  “Blue Suede Shoes” was chosen as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 songs which have shaped Rock and Roll history. Elvis sung this song in many versions and got very famous, his blue suede shoes became very popular and are still in fashion with new look and style.  Suede was originally used for women’s gloves and later became popular in upholstery, shoes, bags, and other accessories. Still heavily used in textile industry.

Now-a-days, you can buy suede shoes online or from many super stores like Debenhams and John Lewis.  John Rocha features a classic perforated design of blue suede, a contrasting brown lace design through the front, a small heel elevating the foot comfortable and a round toe, see the image shown above.

Because suede has many open pores so it gets dirty easily and absorbs liquid lot quicker. Suede is a kind of leather with a soft raised surface called a ‘nap’. It can spoil more easily than leather so needs a special level of care. It makes sense to always spray new shoes with a protecting spray. There are ways to clean suede shoes but shiny marks can still appear if you scuff suede shoes, flattening down their surface. Restore by brushing back and forth with a suede brush. If your suede has dirty marks, try removing them with one of the sides of a suede brush.

If your shoes get muddy, wait till the mud dries, then use a stiff brush to remove the dirt. Move with a sweeping action, and keep all your strokes in the same direction. Work all the way around the shoe, including the edges of the sole. If part of the shoe gets wet, the water can leave a mark and dry a different colour. So wet the shoes all over, sponge off any excess water and insert a shoe form to keep the shoe in shape as it dries.  One last thing when you store your suede shoes, wrap them in tissue paper and put in a shoe box. Don’t keep them in plastic bags to avoid humidity which changes it colour, better keep them in a dark dry area.

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