How To Distress Leather And Suede Boots
8 Ways To Distress Leather And Suede Boots
There’s something exciting about buying a new pair of suede of leather boots. They are luxurious, long-lasting and they look good. However, new boots have a tendency to look out of place and they can also be uncomfortable as the somewhat rigid feel of these natural materials needs time to be broken in.
The other reason why new boots are a bit of a downer is that they look too new. Leather and suede boots that look a little distressed have a cool vintage look to them. If you have a brand-new pair of leather or suede boots you want to give a timeless, vintage look too, here are some easy tips on how to get that distressed look.
Sand Them Down
One of the easiest ways to get that distressed look for your leather or suede boots is to grab a piece of fine-grade sandpaper and gently rub your shoes or boots. Pay close attention to where your shoes or boots will naturally see a little more wear and tear and take your time. This is not a job you want to rush and ruin a perfectly good pair of shoes. Once the sandpaper has done its magic, rub a little leather conditioner over your shoes or boots and seal the deal.
Booze Soaked Boots
Rubbing alcohol is a cheap and easy way to give your leather boots or shoes a worn, vintage look. Put the alcohol in a spray bottle and spray over your shoes or boots. Using a sponge or a toothbrush, focus on the natural grooves of your shoes for truly natural-looking wear. While your shoes or boots are still damp squish, crumple and wrinkle your footwear. This will really give your leather or suede shoes or boots and an authentic worn look. Just be sure to remove the excess alcohol with a damp cloth.
Brush It Up
If you want to add a little more of a distressed look, grab a stiff-bristled shoe brush and make random swipes over your shoes. Pay special attention to areas where your shoes would experience natural wear and tear for a naturally aged look.
Rock And Roll
Find a rock that fits comfortably in your hands and has a few sharp edges. Rub the edges of the rock in random patterns to avoid perfect lines. This is one project were rough and random looks better. You’re after scuff marks, not straight lines.
Run Over Them
Lay your leather boots or shoes flat on a rough surface like a gravel path or something similar. The more textures, the better your outcome. Place the boots in a spot where you can run over them a few times with your car. When you get the patterns and wear marks you want, turn the shoes over and repeat on the other side.
Toss Them In The Dirt
Dirty shoes are not a good look but you can use a few handfuls of dry dirt to rub on your leather or suede boots and shoes for a great vintage look. Once you achieve your desired result, brush off the dirt, and treat your shoes with a leather conditioner.
Hit Them With A Hammer
Lay your boots or shoes on a flat surface and pick up a hammer. Pound the shoes to achieve wear and tear lines paying special attention to the area around the toes or your heels. Don’t go overboard though. You want your boots or shoes to look distressed, not stressed, and ruined.
The Old-Fashioned Way
If you’re worried that trying to use any of the methods above to distress your leather or suede boots you can do something completely radical and use good old-fashioned wear and tear to achieve the distressed look. Do you know the one? You simply put your shoes or boots on and wear them. This method will take longer than any of the others, but at least you will get a more natural vintage look for your shoes.
You will need to be careful when using some of these express methods to distress leather and suede boots. If you’re a little too zealous you may destroy them and render them useless.