Shoe Cleaning 101: How to Make Your Leather Shoes Sing

Dear Fellow Shoe Addicts,

What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to footwear? 

Personally, it drives me crazy when my beautiful shoes are dirty or scuffed. It feels like the whole world is staring at the imperfections... kind of like having something in your teeth and praying that no one notices. 

So what do I do about it? Starting a shoe company has taught me there are several DIY tricks that will help to keep your shoes in great condition so that you can achieve max usage.

Before we can into the nitty-gritty of cleaning, it is always important to spray your leather shoes with protector immediately after purchase. 

Once you have a few wears, keep your shoes shining with these simple hacks.

How to Clean Leather & Patent Leather

Leather Cleaning:

1. Wipe off soil by using equal parts cool water/distilled white vinegar and allow to dry.

2. Address any scuffs on real leather with a matching shoe polish, following the instructions on the label.

Patent Leather Cleaning:

1. Remove scuffs with a microfiber towel dipped in petroleum jelly (olive oil can be used for larger scuffs).

2. Let dry for 10-15 minutes and then wipe off with a clean cloth. Restore shine with a spritz of Windex.


How to Clean Suede Leather

1. Clean dirt with a soft bristled brush.

2. Use a pencil eraser to address marks that remain.

3. If the mark still will not budge, dip a clean cloth into vinegar (DO NOT DRENCH) and apply to the shoe, using a back and forth motion.

The shoe will be temporarily damp, and the wetness will eventually evaporate, returning the shoe to its natural color.

**For on-the-go, use the shoe-cleaning wipes enclosed in your Luna Selene shoe box. **

To address major issues, it is recommended that you bring your shoes to a local cobbler. Not only will they will be able to repair major damages, but you will also be giving local business some love... win, win! 


Always with Love,

Shannon Slack, CEO


**Where did I learn these DIY tricks? See the sources below that influenced my personal shoe care, as well as contributed to the content for this article.**

Shannon Slack dreamed of building a small luxury brand that was defined by a woman’s wish to reimagine her feminine style.

With the modern fashion industry focused on dressing down, she wanted to create a brand for women who cherished the art of dressing up.

A fierce lover of mid-twentieth-century fashion, her designs are classically inspired, feminine, and comfortable.

Red, the color of power, is the mainstay throughout many of her designs, while the block heel is incorporated to ensure Luna Selene shoes can be worn from “desk to dusk.”

Her vision has evolved since Luna Selene launched in the Fall of 2020, and she continues to create designs that are inspired and influenced by the women she meets every day.

The Jackie O. Houndstooth Bootie is a fashionable and timeless shoe, featuring a chic black and white houndstooth pattern. The intricate fusion of the houndstooth textile upper and the Venetian red heel creates a "classically cool" aesthetic.

This ankle bootie is perfect for channeling your inner Emily In Paris. It comes with a modern, 2-inch red patent block heel that is comfortable to wear all day long.

The luxurious gel, leather insole will mold to your feet, while the outsole with rubber grip provides maximum stability.

This unique shoe is perfect for any holiday party, and it's unlikely that anyone else will be wearing it (unless they have great taste and have already bought it, wink). You can wear it to coffee, dinner, drinks, nights out with the girls, holiday parties, and more!

Redefine Romance with the Timeless Beauty of the Monroe Red Pump - A Sublime Gesture Beyond Roses and Letters.

Indulge me for a moment, dear. Picture this: the perfect way to express your love for someone special. What comes to mind? Is it a bouquet of red roses or a sweet love letter?

Well, let me tell you, my dear, the Monroe Red Pump is a fan-favorite that will put all your conventional ideas to shame.

Crafted with premium Italian leather, this pump boasts a show-stopping, sunset-red, suede leather upper that will add color to your Valentine's outfit. And the best part? The gel insole ensures you won’t curse your shoes halfway through the night.

The Monroe Red Pump exudes elegance and sophistication, with its pointed toe that elongates the foot, illuminating a feminine silhouette. And let's not forget about the comfortable 3.1-inch block heel that will have you strutting your stuff like a true boss.

Now, let me give you a little insider tip, my dear. This hot, red pump is not just for Valentine's Day.

Oh no, no, no. It's perfect for any occasion that requires a killer outfit. From date nights to weddings and even the office, the Monroe Red Pump will set any room on fire.

So go ahead, my dear, channel your inner Marilyn and let the Monroe Red Pump do the talking. Follow our size conversions unless you want to hobble around like a baby deer.

Embrace Sophistication and Luxury with our Handcrafted Italian Shoes.

The Finer Details:
Made with premium Italian Leather and hand-crafted with care.
Produced in small batches by master shoemakers. Handcrafted in Italy.

How To Wear:
Dress up a "casual work day" by pairing these loafers with your favorite jeans and blazer. Add to a cute spring dress or white jeans for a soft, feminine vibe. 
Where To Wear:
Best for Saturday afternoon, museum-hopping, cherry blossom strolls, and long lunches. Best for: Saturday afternoon, museum-hopping, cherry blossom strolls, and long lunches. This shoe will also act as a major staple in your workwear attire!


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