how to fix bald spots on suede shoes

Fixing bald spots on suede shoes can be challenging, but it’s possible to improve their appearance. Here’s a method using a suede brush and some care:

Materials You May Need:

  1. Suede brush: Used to revive the suede nap and blend the bald spots.
  2. Suede protector spray: To protect the suede from future damage.
  3. Suede eraser (optional): To remove stubborn stains if needed.
  4. Suede dye (optional): To color-match and cover severe bald spots.


  1. Clean the Suede Shoes:
    • Use a suede brush or a soft-bristle brush to remove any loose dirt or debris from the shoes. Brush gently to avoid further damaging the suede.
  2. Identify the Bald Spots:
    • Examine the shoes closely to identify the bald spots. These are areas where the suede nap has worn down and appears smoother or shinier than the surrounding suede.
  3. Use the Suede Brush:
    • Brush the bald spots in a back-and-forth motion to help raise the nap of the suede. Apply light to moderate pressure while brushing.
    • Continue brushing until you see the bald spots blending in with the surrounding suede and becoming less noticeable.
  4. Consider Using a Suede Eraser (if needed):
    • If there are stubborn stains on the bald spots, you can gently rub them with a suede eraser. Be cautious and test in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t damage the suede further.
  5. Apply Suede Protector Spray:
    • Once the bald spots are less noticeable and the suede looks revived, apply a suede protector spray. This helps repel water and prevent future bald spots.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific spray you’re using.
  6. Optional: Use Suede Dye (for severe bald spots):
    • If the bald spots are still highly visible after brushing and cleaning, you can consider using suede dye to color-match and cover them.
    • Choose a suede dye that matches the color of your shoes.
    • Apply the dye to the bald spots using a clean, soft cloth or a suede applicator brush. Follow the dye manufacturer’s instructions for application and drying times.
    • After the dye has dried, brush the suede gently with a suede brush to blend the dyed area with the rest of the shoe.
  7. Allow the Shoes to Dry:
    • After any cleaning, brushing, or dyeing, allow the shoes to air dry at room temperature.
  8. Rebrush and Maintain:
    • Regularly brush your suede shoes to maintain the suede nap and prevent the formation of new bald spots.

Keep in mind that while these steps can help improve the appearance of bald spots on suede shoes, they may not completely restore the original texture. Severe bald spots may require professional attention from a cobbler or suede restoration specialist for the best results. Additionally, it’s important to be gentle when working with suede to avoid causing further damage.