Since your favorite pairs of shoes require the best care, you’ll want to invest in the right tools to keep them looking pristine. A shoe brush is a great place to start. These come in a range of styles for brushing away loose dirt and scuff marks. When used with a liquid cleaning solution, they can also help remove stains. Some are even ideal for buffing dress shoes and boots when used with a polish. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve rounded up some of the best shoe brushes that work on suede and nubuck leather finishes. Bonus: These also perform well on coats, jackets and furniture made with those materials.
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1. Shacke Suede & Nubuck Leather Brush Set
This four-way brush includes a welt surface for heavier scuff marks, nylon bristles for lighter marks, an arched brush for cleaning rounded edges and a thin protruding brush for hard to reach crevices.
Pros: It also comes with a small opening at the bottom of the handle for convenient wall hanging.
Cons: The brush may be small for polishing big boot surfaces.
2. Kiwi Horsehair Shine Brush
Made with soft horsehair bristles, this durable brush effectively removes dirt and scuffs without damaging the material of shoes. It can also be used with polish for added shine.
Pros: For a high gloss finish, first apply a coat of polish, allow it to dry then buff with the brush.
Cons: The horsehair bristles tend to fall out easily.
3. Simple Shine Suede and Nubuck Brush
To keep your shoes in top shape, this kit comes with three handy tools: a bristle brush for removing mud and dirt, a crepe brush for restoring the nap and an eraser for removing stains.
Pros: This brush works well alone or with a spray or liquid cleaner.
Cons: The bristles may be too soft for heavy-duty stains.