Ask Belle: Maintaining Haircalf Shoes
Jan 22, 2013
Belle,On my quest to be well groomed and put together I’ve become particularly perplexed by calf-hair items. I’ve owned several pairs of calf-hair pumps and flats, which I have loved. However, each pair has ended up balding in certain spots and, ultimately, looking like a mange-plagued cat. Most recently, I purchased those Madewell leopard, calf-hair skimmers and just this weekend I noticed they are already suffering a similar fate. Any ideas on how to keep them looking clean and new?Thanks for any tips, Ms. C
I recently purchased two pairs of lovely haircalf shoes. (This Sigerson pair and these Ann Taylor kittens.) So when I received this question, I thought, “I.must.find.the.answer.” Who knew it would be so hard.
I started in the forum of the Purse Blog, but while many readers had asked for suggestions on how to care for haircalf, little guidance had been provided. BagSnob advises cleaning it with a dry cloth and perhaps spraying it with the same silicon spray used for suede.
There may be nothing that you can do to prevent the shedding, but I’m certainly going to take them to my cobbler this week and ask. If other readers have any advice, please feel free to share.
The shoes in the photo are the Ivanka Trump Pinkette shoe for $80.