Its almost too easy to scratch leather shoes. When it happens you wish you could have just bashed your bare foot instead. If you do end up needing to do some DIY shoe repair, here is the guide for you.
They happen in an instant but can last a lifetime. Here are some tips on minimizing the (noticeable) damage. A common solution if for people to try rubbing oils (usually orange or olive) in and around the affected area. If you choose this method use a circular motion along with a moist cloth to gently buff the leather. Other treatments include conditioners, saddle soap and shoe polish.
The best method of attack with this one is defence! As a preventative measure it’s always best to wipe down leather shoes as soon as possible after getting wet. And for the insides, just place some old newspaper in there and it’ll slurp up that water. If you do however find yourself with stains here are some tips for getting them out:
- Get the water off! Try to do this as soon as possible using a cloth or piece of soft material. If you get there fast enough, often the stain will be prevented.
- Make sure you are using clean fresh water to wipe the stain (so it doesn’t get worse) and focus on the outer edge of the stain. This is the area that is most noticeable and forms because of the way liquids evaporate.
- Make sure your cloth is not soaking wet. Hopefully this one is obvious, more is not always better!
- When the area is clean, let the leather sit at room temperature whilst it dries. Hair dryers could make the problem worse.
- Once completely dry, add saddle soap to the leather back its soft conditioned finish.
The most difficult one of all to repair. But fear not, as in the case of water damage, prevention is the best cure. If, however you have not been maintaining your leather, the best thing to do is to clean thoroughly and re-colour. Really at this stage it’s best if you consult a professional and look into replacing sections. In the meantime try to keep the leather away from hot or dry environments. Some people even swear by using nail vanish or a permanent marker to deal with small cracks
Suede is a material that comes from the skin of cows and lambs. It comes from the interior of the skin making it less tough than normal leather. This can lead to damage. When you find your suede shoes scuffed up or stained, one of the best methods of repair is steam. The steam can make its way deep into the material without damaging it and remove stains. Regular suede shoe care with a suede brush is also recommended.
DIY Shoe Repair
It is inevitable that we all have worn down shoe heels at some point or another. Generally, how quickly this happens depends on the type of shoe. There are benefits to this happening, if one shoe is wearing out more than the other it can be an obvious sign of walking badly. It can be over-pronation if your shoe is more worn out on the inward side and supination if your shoe is worn out more heavily on the outward side. If this happens, see a foot doctor, they will help out! In terms of sole repair, it is possible to repair the shoe yourself. Soles can be found online along with a special glue and you just stick the two together!