Don’t get me wrong, I love high heels just as much as the next girl (or guy, or transgendered person, or whatever), but I also love me a good pair of flats.
Having said that, your feet are bound to get wet, hot and sweaty not to mention your shoes scuffed and worn. And this can become a particular concern if you’re wearing a pair of Sperry Top-Sliders, the fashion mark of dockside style.
It’s universally agreed (trust me) that a pair of Sperry shoes is the way to go for dockside summer style.
Alright, let’s clean your Sperry Top-Sliders!
For starters, determine what kind of leather your Sperry Top- Sliders are made out of:
Although they are all leather, they are processed and dyed differently so they’ll require different kinds of treatment.
Leather is very absorbent and relatively delicate so you have to keep on top of the stains to avoid messing up your shoes beyond repair.
* Some Sperry shoes come with embellishments like faux fur, metallic leather and sequins, so these need to be treated carefully as well.
Pick up a suede bar & leather brush (a cleaning toothbrush will also work). They are between $5-$10.
I always get annoyed when shoe stores try to sell me the associated accoutrements with my shoes but in this case I’d say it’s worth it. You can’t handle a stain on these shoes otherwise and they really do work.
Follow the directions of the product and remember to never use a detergent as it will dry out the leather and ruin the shoe.
Clean them once dirt or mud is dry.
Which is again, similar to suede with a finer nap, accept right off the bat that they will look dirtier than other types of leather; they are more susceptible to staining.
Thoroughly rinse with fresh water to remove any remaining salt which will dry and damage the shoe, and leave salt stains.
Then, stuff shoes with newspaper and air dry before wearing again or storage to help keep the shape and absorb moisture.
If possible, dry the removable insole separately.
Simply clean with a toothbrush and some baking soda, rinse well and the stains should be gone.
Towel dry and be sure not to get any baking soda onto the leather.
I am a huge proponent of foot powder to help eliminate moisture and bad smells, and this is a case where prevention is the best cure.
Some Sperry shoes have removable insoles. You can’t really wash your leather Topsiders, so take the insole out if you can and rinse under cool water adding a little bit of dish liquid, but vegetable soap or glycerine is preferable since it’s gentler on leather.
Rinse the soles out well and let them air dry, not exposed to any heat to avoid shrivelling.
Replace and make sure you deodorize them often.
These shoes are NOT designed to go into the washing machine, so take good care of them and you’ll have your Sperry shoes last you for years.
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