Keep your snakeskin shoes pristine and beautiful with this handy guide. As soon as you get your gorgeous new snakeskin shoes home, make sure that you treat them with a waterproofing spray. Snakeskin is a surprisingly hard-wearing material, but does require it’s own special care regime. Here is a step-by-step process that we recommend every once in a while, or when your shoes have had a particularly messy outing!
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.
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.