With just a little bit of love and effort, your new COMUNITY shoes can have a long and happy existence. It's not hard, we promise.
At COMUNITY, our philosophy when it comes to buying a pair of new shoes is to "Choose well and make them last." We have selected premium quality materials and constructions that will provide you the ultimate in comfort and durability for years to come. Knowing that you will want to take your COMUNITY shoes with you on all of your adventures, make sure to take just a little bit of time to show your new best friends some extra care before taking them out into the world. They in turn, will be there supporting you every step of the way in style.
1. Seal Your Suede
You wouldn’t hit the beach without sunscreen, and similarly you shouldn’t hit the streets in suede shoes without properly protecting them first. A thin application of a suede sealant will last for several months (yes, you do have to treat suede every couple months) and will help repel dirt, and stop stains before they start. A tip to keep in mind before actually spraying: We strongly recommend brushing with a suede brush before and after you spray your shoes.
2. To treat a liquid spill, clean with talcum powder or corn meal.
Accidents happen - its a fact of life. But with a bit of quick thinking, nobody ever has to know. If your spill liquid on your shoes, pat the area with a clean cloth or towel and then apply a layer of corn meal or talcum powder. Let it set overnight, and then brush the suede the following day with a suede brush to remove the dried powder.
3. Treat dried stains—like dirt—with white vinegar.
Approach dried stains, like dirt, a little differently. For a quick fix, rub off dirt with a kneaded eraser or an emery board. For heavier stains, blot the stain using a small amount of white vinegar and a clean towel. Repeat for as long as necessary until you see your stain disappear. This is a great way to get rid of both water and salt stains.
4. Bring your suede back to life with a toothbrush.
Should your suede begin to look tired and flattened, scrub it with a clean toothbrush or terrycloth towel. If it’s really in bad shape, hold your shoe above steam—even from a teakettle—for a few seconds, and then brush it.
5. Whatever you do, don’t clean suede with water.
This might seem counterintuitive, but you don’t want to start cleaning suede with water, which can affect both the color and texture of suede.
6. If all else fails, get your suede shoes professionally cleaned.
Obviously a solid way to ensure your suede looks it’s best. This is also a great thing to do before you put your shoes in storage during the "messier" days or months depending on where you live. Here in Southern California that would qualify as the one or two days a year it actually rains.