How To Clean Leather Shoes - 5 Best Products

Wondering what the best method is for cleaning your leather or suede shoes? Get things right from the start by choosing the very best footwear cleaning products.

With the British weather being so unpredictable – even in the summer – it’s essential that you take good care of your most prized footwear.

As we’ve mentioned before, leather shoes like our Percy Stride range can last a lifetime, providing you give them a bit of tender loving care from time to time.

Whether there’s a stain on your favourite pair of suede desert boots you want to remove or you’re just passionate about keeping your leather Oxfords spick and span, here’s a list of products you need to stock up on.

Learning how to clean leather shoes isn't an art or a chore. It's not something you need to do every day just every so often to keep your shoes in their best condition. Suede on the other hand is a little more high maintenance so we've catered for those too!

Suede & Nubuck Protector (from £8.95)

suede and nubuck protector - how to clean leather shoes

Sometimes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In this case, applying a few sprays of Suede & Nubuck Protector to your shoes or boots can repel stains.

It also holds dirt and grime on the surface, so you can easily wipe away once you get back home.

And if that wasn’t enough, this magic spray from Furniture Clinic feeds and nourishes the leather to keep it looking fresh as well.

Kiwi Saddle Soap (from £13.95)

how to clean leather shoes - kiwi saddle soap

Yee-haw cowboy! Regularly featured in many top shoe cleaning lists, the Kiwi Saddle Soap cleans, softens and preserves leather.

Formulated with wax, it not only protects the leather, but it’s also so powerful that it can remove the very worst stains, grime and salt stains as well. It’s the kind of stuff cowboys wish they had back in the day!

Shoe Shine & Colour Restorer (from £6.95)

how to clean leather shoes - colour restorer

Keeping your leather shoes looking full of colour and preventing it from cracking requires ongoing maintenance.

Furniture Clinic’s Shoe Shine & Colour Restorer is the easy to apply wax-based formula, designed to feed, nourish, protect and soften the leather.

Using the lid applicator sponge, simply apply the thick cream and it will get to work. Unlike normal shoe polish, it won’t flake off, so it’s a non-messy solution for keeping your leather shoes looking full of life and colourful for many years to come.

Shacke Leather Brush Cleaner (around £5)

How to clean leather shoes - shacke brush

If you’re on the hunt for a quality brush to learn how to clean your leather shoes or suede shoes, it doesn’t get much better than the Shacke Leather Brush Cleaner.

Thanks to its a welt surface design, cleaning difficult scuff marks and stubborn stains is a piece of cake. Complemented with the highly-effective nylon bristles, it’s soft enough to work on suede and nubuck 4-way leather without causing any damage.

On top of that, the Shacke Leather Brush Cleaner’s arched half circle design helps make cleaning rounded surfaces simple.

However, be warned, it's so brilliant that it regularly sells out. So, if Amazon doesn’t stock it, you may need to order it from the US.  

Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaner (from £16.49)

How to clean leather shoes - Jason Markk Kit

Trying to tackle stubborn stains and dirt? The Jason Markk shoe cleaning kit is the premium choice which gets the job done without needing the assistance of any harsh chemicals.

Not only is its formula strong enough to clean up to 100 pairs of shoes with ease, but it’s also environmentally friendly too.

Plus, with the addition of the soft hog hair bristle brush, this product is worth every penny.

If you want to know more about how to clean your leather shoes have a look at our blog: How to clean your Oxford Shoes

Have we missed your best suede and leather cleaning product off our list? Let us know in the comments below.