How To Remove Creases Out Of Leather
Even the best leather shoes and boots will develop unsightly creases over time. Whether it’s sneakers or dress shoes, ugly creases won’t do any justice to your looks.
All shoes will bend in the area where your foot flexes. While these are usually mild and impossible to avoid grooves, there are a few other factors that may cause your stylish leather shoes to crease.
Bad fitting shoes is perhaps the most common issue. If the shoes are too loose, the leather has more room to bend and crease as you’re flexing your foot. That’s why you should always choose snug fit sneakers or dress shoes.
The quality of the leather also plays an important role in the creases vs. no creases game. While high-quality leather may crease prominently sometimes, keep in mind that lower quality leather is already creased before the manufacturing process begins. As such, your brand new shoes will start looking ugly and outdated after a shorter time.
Lastly, the design of the shoe also has a huge impact on the creasing process. Plain toe and wholecut shoes are more likely to develop creases, whereas full or semi cap toe shoes are your best bet if you want them to look good for longer.
While it’s certain that all leather shoes will crease sooner or later, there are a few super-easy ways to remove creases out of leather shoes and boots. Check them out below.
1. Remove New Creases With Leather Oil
The easiest way to remove creases from your leather shoes is by dealing with them as soon as they appear. At this stage, all you need is a few drops of high-quality leather oil and a dry soft cloth.
Drop the oil on the crease, then massage it into the leather while stretching it to remove the crease. As soon as the oil is absorbed, place the shoe on an adequate tree to keep it stretched until the next use.
While this method works wonders on small, new creases, don’t expect any miraculous results if you try to treat any old ones.
2. Treat Newer And Older Creases With Alcohol
Spotting a few unsightly creases on your stylish leather shoes will surely make you want to pour yourself a glass of strong liquor; after restoring your inner peace with a good drink, reach to a bottle of rubbing alcohol.
Take a clean and empty spray bottle and fill it with a solution of half water half rubbing alcohol.
Spray the solution onto the crease and gently massage it into the leather. Let it dry and treat the shoe with a quality shoe polish or leather conditioner, then place on a shoe stretcher to keep it stretched.
While this method works on new to moderately old creases, keep in mind that alcohol can dry the leather, which could potentially lead to more creases in the future.
3. Remove All Creases With A Clothes Iron
If the two methods above are great for de-creasing fancy dress shoes, removing creases with a clothes iron could work better on sneakers.
Due to its more laborious nature, this method may require a bit of preparation. However, it will most likely work beautifully.
For this enterprise, you’ll need newspapers, insulation tape (or any other kind of tape for that matter), a washcloth, water, and a clothes iron.
Shape a bunch of newspapers into the shape of your foot, tape it to maintain its shape, and place it inside the shoe. Take off the laces, then soak a washcloth in water and place it over the creases. Heat the iron at about 80°F.
When the iron is hot, start ironing over the creases. The steam produced by the washcloth will soften and stretch the leather. Leave the washcloth on the shoe until cool, then remove it and let the shoe dry.
Place the shoe on a tree to keep the leather stretched, but avoid using this method too often or on suede shoes.
4. Steam Creases Out Of Your Suede Shoes
A clothes steamer is a greater alternative to ironing, especially if you want to get rid of the creases in suede or nubuck shoes. You will still need a washcloth, but a dry one in this case. Avoid using too much moisture on this type of shoes, or you might actually make things worse.
Just like above, wrap a bunch of newspapers in the shape of your foot and stuff the shoe with them.
Remove the laces and place a dry washcloth over the toe box. When the steamer is hot, start to gently touch the washcloth with the device, moving it continuously to avoid applying too much heat or moisture to the same spot.
Place the shoes on a tree to keep the leather stretched until you plan to wear them again.
5. Remove Creases With A Blow Dryer
If you’re traveling for an interview or formal event and want to remove the creases from your shoes right before the big day, you might not have access to a steamer or iron. Hopefully, you’ll have a hair dryer at hand.
Stuff your shoes with as many newspapers as possible or – if you have one – use a shoe tree. The purpose is to stretch the leather as much as possible before starting the procedure.
Turn the hair dryer on the hottest setting and direct the air jet onto the creases, from a distance of about 3 inches. Move the dryer constantly to prevent burns, and massage the creases in the meantime to aid stretching.
When you are happy with the result, let the shoe cool off and massage it with a quality leather conditioner.
This method is perfect for dress shoes, but know that excessive heat can darken the leather and could cause the toe and heel areas to lose shape.
Whether you want to remove new or old creases from sneakers, suede, or dress shoes, these super easy ways will surely help you look your best for every occasion.