Buckles on shoes or belts
Use an old toothbrush and toothpaste. Then wipe off with a damp rag or rinse under cold water.
Cowhide, calfskin, kidskin
Keep well-polished. Polishing keeps shoes looking good, as well as keeping leather soft. As a preventative measure, it's advisable to apply several coats of transparent polish before shoes are worn for the first time
Wash some fabric shoes by hand and let air dry at least once a month to keep them looking new. Keep the shape by stuffing with newspaper and replace as it gets soaked through. Newspaper helps speed up the drying process.
Wipe with cloth or use soft brush to remove surface dirt.
Remove surface soil with damp cloth. Occasionally apply soft cream polish or thin film of Vaseline petroleum jelly. To keep leather flexible, apply conditioner or preservative. For good results, clean patent leather with Windex.
Reptile (alligator, lizard, crocodile, snake)
Snakeskin should only be polished with a soft cloth that is wiped with the grain. Spraying lightly with hairspray will help to keep the grain down.
Regular trips to the dry cleaners will keep them looking new.
Should be brushed clean with a suede brush or light sand paper. This will raise the nap of the leather as well as loosen dirt. Never use water on suede because the dissolved minerals usually cause spotting. Stains such as paint or glue can be removed with fine sandpaper. A gum eraser or soft side of an emery board helps remove spots.
- If your leather laces always come undone, keep them tied by sprinkling a few drops of water on the knot.