How to Protect Suede Shoes From Water Damage

Updated February 21, 2017

Rain, mud, snow and ice: all elements your suede shoes encounter---and each can be damaging to the shoe's material. Suede, like leather, is affected by water, dirt and grime. Failure to keep your suede shoes clean and dry can lead to the material separating from the shoe's sole as well as changing in colour. To protect your suede shoes from water damage, treat them with a substance formulated specifically for suede.

Wipe your suede shoes with a soft cloth or rag to remove any dust and dirt from the shoes.

If your shoes are damp, dry the suede shoes by patting the shoe's surface with the cloth or rag then let the shoes air dry. Do not use a hair dryer or other heat source to dry your suede shoes. The heat can damage the material.

Place three sheets of newspaper on a flat surface. Place the suede shoes on the newspaper.

Remove the shoe's laces and set the laces to the side.

Spray the shoes with a suede and leather protector. Spray the shoe's entire surface, including the area beneath the eyes.

Let the suede and leather protector dry on the shoe's surface before relacing the shoes.


When storing suede shoes, store them in a cotton flannel shoe bag instead of a plastic bag so the shoes can breathe.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth or rag
  • Newspaper
  • Suede & leather protector spray
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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.