How to Clean Sperry Leather Boat Shoes

You wear your leather boat shoes anytime, anywhere. And your shoes look like it. You’d like to clean them and give them a fresh look. You’d like to restore that lustrous leather look. There are ways to clean and refresh your shoes. Here’s how you can get your trusted Sperry boat shoes back in tip-top shape.

If your Sperry leather shoes have laces, remove them before cleaning your shoes. They’re often made of rawhide and must be cleaned differently. To clean Sperry rawhide laces, just pop them in a bowl with cold water and dish soap, swish thoroughly, then rinse with clean water. Allow your laces to air dry for about 24 hours.

It is important to remember that leather should not be treated in the same way you would fabric, or even nubucks and suedes. Even though your Sperry leather shoes can get wet, you want to avoid washing them with water. This will dry out the natural oils that add shine and luster to the leather. Luckily, Sperry leather cleaner removes dirt and stains while maintaining the moisture leather needs to look its best.

Once you’ve cleaned your Sperry leather shoes, you need to protect them from future wear and tear. Apply Sperry leather lotion to protect your Sperry leather boat shoes. The lotion will add moisture to prevent drying, cracking, and scuffing.

After cleaning and protecting your Sperry leather shoes will look almost like new even when they’re far from it. But just because you take great care of your trusted Sperry shoes doesn’t mean you’ve lost that urge to shop. Find a new favorite (or two!) when you shop the entire Sperry collection.

More tips on taking care of Sperry leather shoes
Beyond the leather upper of your Sperry shoes, you’ll want to clean the soles and freshen the insoles.

Apply a quarter-sized dollop of dish soap to the outsole of each shoe, then using a leather brush (or toothbrush) scrub away any scuffs.
Sprinkle non-leather insoles with baking soda to deodorize and help with freshness. You may want to wear no-show socks to keep your feet cool and stink-free.
If your Sperry leather shoes get wet, or after cleaning your leather boat shoes, allow them to air-dry for 24 hours in a cool, dry place away from heat or sunlight. Stuff your shoes with newspaper to absorb excess moisture and help maintain their shape.
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