Fabriccan be strappy sandals, sneakers, pumps or flats. But no matter the style, the fabric will eventually get dirty.
Leather, Patent Leather, and Faux Leather Shoes
To clean, patent , or faux leather , start by wiping off soil with a cloth dipped in a solution of equal parts cool water and distilled white vinegar. This works particularly well to remove winter salt stains. Allow the to air dry completely.
Suede, NuBuck, and Sheepskin Shoes
The key to keeping suede or any napped surface shoe looking its best is regular care. The surfaces should be kept as dry as possible and cleaned with a soft-bristled brush after every wearing to remove loose dust and soil. Treat stains as quickly as possible.
Rope and Cork Wedges
After you've cleaned the upper fabric or leather part of a wedge shoe, it's time to tackle the rope or cork-covered sole.
Most athletic and tennis shoes can simply be tossed in the washing machine on the gentle or delicate cycle (this minimizes agitation, which can potentially damage your shoes) and cleaned with a good, heavy-duty laundry detergent like Persil or Tide. Remove any inner soles and the laces and wash the laces separately.
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