Don't RUIN Your Suede Shoes & Boots | Waterproof Your Suede & Nubuck (2023)


Suede and nubuck are very resilient, but as with most leathers, they need to be cared for properly in order to look great and to last. In this video, we discuss the importance of waterproofing your suede & nubuck.

Suede Chukkas -

Products Used:
* Saphir Invulner (Waterproofing) Spray -

* Saphir Renovateur Spray -

Additional Suede Products:
* Suede Brush -
* Suede Eraser -
* Suede Shampoo -

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Hi, ladies and gents and welcome back.

Thank you so much for joining us today.

So we are going to be discussing today how to take care of your suede and new buck leather.

So this is the time of year when we see a lot of customers bring in their suede, and you buck shoes or boots in here.

And with a lot of salt stains on them, a lot of water, stains and I can't, tell you how many times we see customers bring shoes in here and they'd spill, you know, salad dressing or some type of oil on their suede.

So today, we're going to be discussing what you need to be doing to your suede boots to take care of them.

We recently did a video where we discussed, you know, the products that we recommend if you have suede or nubuck we'll, put a link to that video, right above definitely check it out, because those are definitely the products that we are using on a regular basis on customers shoes.

Alright, so step number one, the first thing that you want to make sure that you're doing before you wear your suede or nubuck shoes or boots, you want to make sure that you are protecting them by putting a waterproof ER on to that suede.

So a waterproof fur is going to not only protect it from water, but it's also going to protect it from any type of oil that may spill on there, any type of stains any type of dirt or dust, the salt, especially when you're wearing them out in the wintertime and they're starting to get, you know, salt and ice out on the street it's going to protect it from all of that.

If you don't put it on there, first thing I'm telling you you're going to wear them out the first time you're going to get stuff all over it.

And then you're gonna be wishing that you had done this.

So again, make sure that as soon as you get those shoes out of the box, you are spraying them down with a good, waterproof fur.

Now, the one that we use all the time here at our shop is the one by Saphir call this super and vulnera stuff, you don't have to risk possibly getting any type of white staining on your shoes, like you would from some of the cheaper sprays.

This is what we use here.

You can use, you know, any type of spray out there, but if you have really high-end suede or nubuck shoes, and you've spent a lot of money on them.

This is the stuff to use again, it's.

What we use here at the shop and I don't think you can go wrong with it.

Now, I'm gonna throw a little bit of a caveat in there.

If you want to condition that suede or nubuck before you do that, you can definitely do that as well.

So again, one of the products that I recommend.

And that we use a lot is the grinev at or spray by Saphir.

So if you've watched any other videos where we have tutorials talking about how to care for your smooth leather shoes, when you first buy them, the first step that we always recommend is condition.

Your shoes, you don't know, how long that leather has been sitting on the shelf or on that shoe.

Once it leaves the tannery, it goes straight to the factory.

They make the shoe.

Most shoe makers are not conditioning those shoes, especially now unless it's a much higher end shoe.

Those lower end of shoemakers, trust me, they're, not hydrating those shoes and conditioning them before they send them out to the retailer.

So that leather has been sitting there for quite a while with no conditioner on it.

So again, that's what we always recommend for smooth leather.

Now, there is one again called renovate or conditioning spray by Saphir.

That does the same thing.

It has a lot of the same properties that you'll find in the creme renovate or.

But this is a spray form.

It does a really good job of getting those conditioning agents down into the leather before you wear it or as you're wearing it during its lifetime.

So if you want to put that onto the shoe before putting on the the invulnerable play, you can definitely do that if these were my shoes, which these are actually heats hate suede chukkas that were sent to him.

What we do is we put the rent of a two-hour spray on there.

First we let it sit for about 10 minutes, then we follow it up with a waterproofing spray.

So, anyways, that is hands down what you must be doing if you buy a pair of suede or nubuck shoes.

And again, ladies that goes up to you as well.

I cannot tell you how many ladies are bringing in suede boots, this time of year, and they 90% of the time they look rough.

So please make sure you were spraying down your boots, your booties, your riding boots, whatever it is before you were wearing.

So because these smells so badly, when you apply them I, highly recommend that you take it outside when you spray these on, because you don't want to be smelling up your house with this stuff.

So anyways, let's go do that now and then we'll come back.

Alright guys.

So what we're going to do first is take the rid of a ture spray.

And again, we're gonna spray that on the shoes we're going to let it sit on there for about 10 minutes to dry and really soak in after we do that then we'll apply the embalmer spray.

And let that sit on there for about 30 minutes to an hour.

And then we should be good to go.

Alright, so we have allowed the embalmer spray to sit on this pair of shoes for about 45 minutes, I think, they're good to go.

So just to show you what a good waterproofing spray will do I'm going to demonstrate it with a little water here and just prove to you again that if you take good care of your suede that you can drop that salad dressing, you can drop that water, whatever and your shoes are going to be protected.

I, don't, advise you to do it for fun, but it's, definitely a product you want to be using.

So let me show you.

So this is one of the Pete's shoes that I sprayed with a bowler spray I want to take this bottled water here.

And you can say that it just completely bounced off the leather.

So again, ladies and gentlemen, you definitely want to make sure that you're taking good care of your shoes.

The other thing that you can do for your boots or your shoes, especially if you have higher-end boots and shoes that you know, all leather, maybe a leather block, leather sole bottoms leather.

Well, you can also especially for those fall in winter months, make sure that you are putting some wax along there.

So I have a 10 of our wax here.

And what you can do is just take it and work that along the hill block.

And then also make sure that you were working it along the welt area here.

So we also have these little bitty brushes that you can use.

You could also use a toothbrush.

And what you'll do is just take your wax you'll get a little bit on the brush here.

And this little bitty, welt brush and you'll just work it along the well to get it down into those stitches to protect it from any type of ice or water or dirt that may also get onto that area of the boot.

So once you've done that that's pretty much it.

And again, you just want to make sure that you're doing this routinely don't be one of those folks that that takes good care of your shoes.

As soon as you get out of the box you wear them for five months.

You know, you you beat the tar out of them.

And then you never, you know, you take care of them again.

Come this time.

Next year, make sure that that you're periodically, checking your shoes and reapplying these products as needed so that they are always looking nice, fresh and ready to go.

Now, one of the questions, I know, you'll, ask me is well, how often do I apply these products? So that is going to be completely up to you.

It really depends on how often you're wearing your shoes.

If you're wearing these, you know, your suede boots, you know, several times a week you're going to have to apply it more often and say someone that wears them, you know once or twice a month.

But one way that you can tell is just take a little bit of water on your fingers drop it onto the shoe.

And if it still bubbles up and falls off the shoe you're good to go if it absorbs into the shoe, then it's definitely time to reapply.

Some of that waterproofing spray that's, probably the easiest way to know when it is when it's time to reapply.

Anyways, I hope that helps you all again.

This is that time a month where it's going to start getting nasty and I just want you all to make sure that you're really taking good care of the shoes that you invested your hard-earned money into.

So again, if you have any questions at all leave a comment below all of the products that you see us using are available on our website, which is linked right below Potter and sons comm, check us out.

We carry most anything that you will need for your shoes, your boots, etc.

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And until next time have a great day.


Don't RUIN Your Suede Shoes & Boots | Waterproof Your Suede & Nubuck? ›

A great suede or nubuck shoe needs to be sprayed with a good waterproofer before it ever comes in contact with the outside world. It adds a protective layer that repels moisture, dirt and oil from ruining that smooth surface. Place the nozzle of the spray about 30 cms away from the shoe and spray the entire upper.

How do you protect suede and nubuck shoes? ›

A great suede or nubuck shoe needs to be sprayed with a good waterproofer before it ever comes in contact with the outside world. It adds a protective layer that repels moisture, dirt and oil from ruining that smooth surface. Place the nozzle of the spray about 30 cms away from the shoe and spray the entire upper.

What will ruin suede shoes? ›

With regular wear, suede shoes and boots can collect dirt, scuffs, water spots, salt marks, and other grime, especially if you wear them in inclement weather. And because suede can easily be damaged by excess moisture, you can't simply soak your kicks in soapy water to get rid of stains and buildup.

Which is more durable nubuck or suede? ›

Nubuck, unlike suede, is made from the outside of a hide, which means it's a more durable, long-lasting material, and can withstand more scuffing than your average suede. It's historically made with the buckskin of a deer or elk, but modern nubuck is often made with calfskin, which is super soft.

What does suede nubuck mean? ›

What is the difference between nubuck and suede? + Nubuck is made from the tougher, exterior layer of the hide; suede is made from the underside, which is less resilient. Because of this, the texture and durability of each material varies.

What is best to protect suede shoes? ›

As soon as you invest in a pair of new suede shoes, treat them with a waterproof protective spray before wearing them outside. This will act as a barrier against rain, puddle splashes and mud, will help prevent the colour from fading and reduce the chances of staining.

Is nubuck hard to maintain? ›

Nubuck is fairly low maintenance so your shoes should look fantastic for a long time. All you need is a brush designed for your type of nubuck. Use a damp cloth (not wet) to wipe off any dirt marks. Leave it to dry completely then brush the shoes.

What should you not use on suede? ›

"You should never use any shoe creams, conditioners, polishes, or oils on suede," Pinkos tells us. You also want to avoid getting them wet because not only will it stain the finish, but it will also cause your shoes to stretch and leave wear marks.

Is rubbing alcohol good for cleaning suede shoes? ›

Plain white vinegar or rubbing alcohol can easily remove spots without staining the suede. Pour either liquid onto a soft cloth and rub it into the stain. After letting the fabric dry, brush with a dry towel to fluff the suede. To protect your suede belongings in the future, you can purchase a suede protectant spray.

Does soap and water ruin suede? ›

You should avoid using soap and water to clean your nice suede shoes. Unfortunately, suede is not naturally waterproof, unless you've treated it with a suede protectant spray. For cleaning purposes, it's best to stick to vinegar, cleaning blocks, and other products specifically recommended for suede.

Do nubuck shoes need to be waterproofed? ›

The advantages of nubuck leather

In addition to its breathability, the material is water-resistant as well. However, you'll have to proof the leather first, but once you've done so, it'll stay that way for a long time. Another great thing about this leather is how comfortable it is.

Can I use nubuck protector on suede? ›

In general, Scotchgard™ Fabric Protector can be used on all kinds of suede and nubuck. Do NOT use Scotchgard™ Suede & Nubuck Protector on smooth or polished leather.

How do I protect my new nubuck shoes? ›

Preventative Protection

The first thing to do is to make a preemptive strike – spray your Nubuck shoes with Nubuck protector aerosol before wearing them. If you've already worn the shoes, make sure they are clean and dry before you spray. Evenly and lightly spray the shoes making sure not to oversaturate.

Can you waterproof nubuck shoes? ›

It is easy to care for nubuck leather. You can use waterproofing spray to protect your nubuck bag or shoes.

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