Nubuck leather shoes kicks out any other type of leather. It creates the perfect balance between function and fashion. But, wearing a pair of nubuck leather shoes is like walking on eggshells – you have to be careful because they are very fragile and any scuff mark is visible on them, especially if the shoes have a light hue.

Actually, I owe a pair of nubuck leather boots and they are stunning, but I give special care to these boots and walk like a cat when I wear them. Let’s say that nubuck is much like suede only much durable and expensive.

So, the inevitable happened: I spilled oil on my beautiful nubuck boots at a birthday party last week while I was sitting at the table, eating. Murphy was right: if it has to happen, it happens! But, before thinking that my boots are ruined, I remembered reading an article on how to care for nubuck shoes and I act immediately to save my velvety boots.

So, you need the following items if you want to remove oil stains on nubuck shoes:

  • Talcum powder or chalk dust
  • Soft brush
  • Oil-absorbing block
  • Nubuck cleaner

How to proceed:

  • First step is to apply a light coating layer of talcum powder or chalk powder and let it sit for several hours. Brush the powder off using the soft brush.
  • Second thing you should do is to use an oil-absorbing block, especially designed for nubuck. Just press the oil-absorbing block against the stain, and then use a soft brush to restore the fabric.
  • The last step is to use the nubuck cleaner by applying it directly onto the stain. Give a nice soft brush at the end and that is it!

How to care for nubuck leather shoes

  1. Use a soft cloth to rub the surface of the shoes with back-and-forth motion. This way you’ll restore the velvety aspect and remove any dust or dirt.
  2. For dry stains use a toothbrush and rub gently the area.
  3. Vinegar will help you to remove any stubborn stain from your nubuck shoes. Wipe the area with a cloth and let it air dry.
  4. Apply a layer of nubuck protective spray every six months.