How do I Prevent Leather Sandal Dye From Staining Feet?

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How do I Prevent Leather Sandal Dye From Staining Feet?
Keep your leather sandals from bleeding. (orange sandals image by Sergey Kolesnikov from

During the summer or in hot climates, sandals are a must. You can find sandals and flip-flops in a variety of shades, designs even materials. Unfortunately, dyed leather can stain your feet. When your feet perspire--even slightly--the dye may start to rub off. This is because the leather was not washed properly before it was sent out into stores.

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Things you need

  • White cloths
  • Water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Waterproof leather polish

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  1. 1

    Soak a clean, white cloth into warm water. If you know your leather is waterproof or has been waterproofed, you can place the sandals directly under running water.

  2. 2

    Soak the leather lightly using the cloth. You'll notice that the dye will start to come off onto the cloth. Continue to do this--it can take a while--alternating different white cloths once one has quite a bit of dye on it. Do this until no more dye bleeds onto the cloth.

  3. 3

    Apply a drop of mild dish soap to one a new white cloth.

  4. 4

    Soak the cloth under cold water. Wash the sandals using the cold, soapy cloth. Rinse of the cloth using cold water.

  5. 5

    Rinse the soap off of the sandals using the rinsed cloth.

  6. 6

    Set the sandals aside to air dry.

  7. 7

    Apply a waterproof leather polish to the sandals if necessary when they've dried.

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