Getting a new pair of shoes or boots can turn your tired and dated clothes into a fresh and fashionable new look that you can’t wait to show off. But once your new footwear gets its first sign of wear and tear from mud, dirt, dust, or the dreaded scuff, it can not only be disappointing but make your outfit look unprofessional. It can also affect your love life, with a survey done by footwear brand Allen Edmonds finding that 64 percent of women surveyed judge a man’s fashion sense based on his shoes. Gentlemen, it’s time to get a shoe brush. Your love life/career/OOTD Instagram likes depend on it.
Shoe brushes are often thought of as only necessary for leather, and they definitely are, but the likelihood is that you wear more than leather shoes. Suede, cloth, and fabric shoes in the form of loafers, sneakers, runners and boots are probably all represented in your closet and need to be cleaned, which is why we’ve included a wide range of brushes that can tackle any type of footwear. Even UGGs. Yes, you can buy them for men and yes, they are *that* comfortable.
1. Simple Shine Premium Suede Brush Nubuck Cleaner
Designed specifically to clean suede and nubuck, the Simple Shine Premium Brush Cleaner gets rid of scuff marks, debris, dirt, salt, dust, and perspiration from all parts of the shoe, even difficult to clean spots like seams and grooves. The Simple Shine is ideal for use on shoes, including UGG boots, as well as belts, car seats, couches, wallets, jackets and more.
Pros: The Simple Shine kit comes with three cleaning tools, including a bristle brush, a crepe brush and an eraser, giving you options that are best suited to each item you’re cleaning and the severity of the damage.
Cons: The Simple Shine kit works well on its own or with a suede cleaning liquid solution or spray, but those must be purchased separately.
2. TriNova Shoe Cleaner Kit
Clean sneakers, hiking boots, dress shoes and more with the TriNova Shoe Cleaner Kit, which is safe for use on cloth, leather, vinyl, fabric and more. The TriNova spray helps to loosen dirt and grime, which is then scrubbed away using the premium brush that’s included with the spray.
Pros: Not only will TriNova clean the top of shoes, but it’s also safe for use on soles, which is especially useful when cleaning sneakers and running shoes. One 8 oz bottle of TriNova has enough cleaning solution to tackle 100 pairs of shoes.
Cons: TriNova is not appropriate for use on nubuck and suede.
3. TAKAVU Horsehair Shoe Shine Brush
For a cleaning with results as good as the pros, try the TAKAVU Horsehair Shoe Shine Brush, which removes dirt, scuffs and grime from leather. The TAKAVU uses 100 percent genuine horsehair because of its unique properties, which make it strong enough to remove debris without destroying the leather.
Pros: The TAKAVU’s raw beechwood handle is ergonomically shaped for a comfortable hold. The brush can be used on any leather products, including shoes, boots, wallets, jackets, car seats, couches and more.
Cons: Bristles from the TAKAVU will fall out after continued use and the brush is only suitable for leather.