How to Clean White Suede Shoes

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Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloths

  • Pink pencil eraser

  • Paper towel

  • White vinegar

  • Suede brush


Allow the shoes to air dry for three to four days before wearing them to allow the shoes to lose any vinegar smell.

A pair of white suede shoes can make a one-of-a-kind fashion statement. Unfortunately, any dirt or grime that comes in contact with the shoes will become very noticeable against the stark white of the suede. Suede is also a naturally nappy material and can lose its natural fuzzy appearance when soiled or scuffed. A thorough cleaning at home can restore a pair of white suede shoes just in time for another night out on the town.


Step 1

Blot at the shoes with a soft cloth. This will remove any moisture found on the shoes and will help restore some of the nap.

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Step 2

Remove any stains that have dried by rubbing at them with a pink pencil eraser.

Step 3

Place a piece of paper towel onto any moist stains. Apply pressure to remove the liquid instead of rubbing at the white suede, which could cause the liquid to spread.

Step 4

Soak a soft cloth with white vinegar and gently rub at any remaining stains.

Step 5

Allow the shoes to dry and rub the entire exterior with a suede brush. This will restore the nap even further.