How to clean your shoes

There is nothing like a fresh and nice-looking pair of shoes on your feet when you are out and about doing what you do best.

Most of us love that feeling, but an active lifestyle can take a toll on your favourite pair of shoes. Therefore it's a good idea to know how you can properly clean them to keep you and your feet looking sharp for every situation.

Need a couple of simple tricks and tips on how to do that? Fear not as we give you great ways to effectively clean your shoes, no matter the material. Take a look below and learn how to keep your shoes fresh throughout your daily activities. 

How to clean your leather shoes


Are your chelsea boots, business shoes or high heels looking a little tired and dirty? 

If you are dressing for a meeting with clients, a dinner with friends or a party, cleaning your leather shoes and restoring their original freshness will go a long way to helping you look sharp. 

Here is how to do it:

1 Start by removing the laces. Then insert shoe trees, or stuff the shoes with newspaper, to ensure they keep their shape.


2 Brush away any dirt and wipe the shoes with a damp cloth. Stubborn spots or stains can be removed by applying ECCO Foam Cleaner and then leaving to dry for 15 minutes.


3 Gently massage ECCO Smooth Leather Care Cream on to the shoe’s upper and brush the shoe to help the leather absorb the cream. If you do this every day, it will help to keep the leather smooth and supple.


4 Apply ECCO Revive with a cloth for a high shine. Let the shoes dry and wipe away any excess cream before brushing vigorously..


5 Finally, use a water-repellent spray to better protect your shoes against wet weather. Spray the ECCO Repel from 10 inches/25 cm away and leave your shoes to dry for 15 minutes.

How to take care of your suede shoes



‘But stay off of my blue suede shoes,’ Elvis famously sang. Suede is still a special material, as a fashionable and timeless alternative to leather. Do you cherish your suede shoes as much as the king of rock ‘n’ roll once did?

Here is how you can clean and take care of your suede shoes in four simple steps:

1 A brush made for suede can be used as a simple treatment for many spot stains. Use either the ECCO Eraser or the multi-functional ECCO Nubuck brush.


2 Apply the ECCO Foam Cleaner to a damp cloth and rub the suede, making firm circular motions. This is perfect, if your suede shoes require more cleaning, as it works like shampoo on your skin. 


3 Once dry, use the ECCO Nubuck & Suede Conditioner to restore the color and softness of the suede. If your shoe has white soles, always use the Transparent version to avoid color transfer from one surface to the other.


4 Finally, use a water-repellent spray to better protect your shoes against stains and wet weather. Spray the ECCO Repel from 10 inches/25 cm away and leave to dry for 15 minutes.

How to get a fantastic finish on your fabric shoes


From sneakers to sandals, taking good care of your fabric shoes is the only way to keep them looking fresh.

1 Brush or wipe away any excess dirt with a damp cloth.


2 Apply ECCO Foam Cleaner to a damp cloth and rub the surface to remove any stains. Works well on the inside as well.

 

3 Use a clean, damp cloth to remove any excess foam.

 

4 Put paper towels inside the shoes and let them air dry.


5 Finally, use a water-repellent spray to better protect your shoes against stains and wet weather. Spray the ECCO Repel from 10 inches/25 cm away and leave to dry for 15 minutes.

How to keep your white sneakers white


White sneakers with white soles come in many shapes and materials, but they all pose a similar challenge: what’s the best way of caring for them and keeping them looking fresh? The exact method to clean and care for them depends on the materials but one thing is for sure: you are going to need dedication as well as quality products. 

1 As soon as you take your white sneakers out of the box, spray them with ECCO Repel to help prevent any persistent stains.


2 Start by removing the laces. Then insert shoe trees, or stuff the shoes with newspaper, to ensure they keep their shape.  


3 Brush away any dirt and wipe the sneakers with a damp cloth. Stubborn spots or stains can be removed by applying ECCO Foam Cleaner and then letting the sneakers dry for 15 minutes.


For white textile sneakers, leave out step 4 and move through the remaining process.

4 Use the white colored ECCO Revive with a clean cloth to revitalize the white leather. Let the shoes dry and wipe away any excess dirt before brushing vigorously.


5 For all PU soles, we recommend using the ECCO Sole Cleaner on a regular basis, even before you wear your sneakers for the first time. Apply the ECCO Sole Cleaner directly on the sole and brush to remove any stains without getting the cleaning agent on the shoe upper, as this might cause staining.


6 Finally, use a water-repellent spray to better protect your shoes against wet weather. Spray the ECCO Repel from 10 inches/25 cm away and allow to dry for 15 minutes.

You are now ready to seize the day with shoes that look just as fresh as when you bought them. 

Do you need shoe care products to simplify the process and maximize the results? Take a look at our shoe care range for women’s and men’s shoes.