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Some of our very cute snakeskin ballet flats

Following on from other shoe-care themed posts, I’ve been asked to write about how to care for custom-made snakeskin shoes. I hope that this guide helps keep them pristine and beautiful!

As soon as you get your gorgeous new snakeskin shoes home, make sure that you treat them with a waterproofing spray. To learn about how to pick the right waterproofing product and how to go about waterproofing your beautiful shoes, please see my post here.

Classic black snakeskin shoes for the office

Snakeskin is a surprisingly hard-wearing material, but does require it’s own special care regime. Here is a step-by-step process that I’d recommend every once in a while, or when your shoes have had a particularly messy outing!

Step 1 Clean your shoes with a warm, clean, damp (but not dripping wet!), white cloth and very gently wipe against the grain of the snakeskin. You’re aiming to remove small clods of dirt and debris that might have gotten caught in the scales. The shoes shouldn’t be wet, but they may be a little damp after this step. Leave them in a warm but not sunlit place to dry.

Step 2 Once the shoes are dry, it is time to condition them. Like most leathers, snakeskin needs to be conditioned from time-to-time so that it doesn’t become dry and brittle. Go to your local store or cobbler and ask about a leather conditioner that is appropriate for snakeskin. Patch test the product on your shoes first, by gently rubbing it onto the material in a discreet place on the shoe. If it has no adverse effect on the material, go ahead and rub the conditioner onto the rest of the shoe. Be careful to wipe in the same direction as the grain of the snakeskin.

In terms of storage, be sure to store your shoes in a cool, dry place out of the direct sunlight.

I hope that this helps and let me know if you have any other tips for the way you care for snakeskin shoes!

Jodie x

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Posted by on 01 June 2011.