A shoe brush has soft bristles, which makes it the perfect candidate for cleaning patent women leather shoes. Wash your patent leather shoes in a mixture of mild soap and soft water. Use a soft cloth made of cotton to wipe down the shoe, inside and out, until it is cleaned.
Place a small amount of a gentle, moisturizing soap on a damp cloth and bring it to a light lather. Rub the damp cloth on the leather without putting too much water on the leather. Wipe away lather with a fresh damp cloth. Make sure you clear off any excess saddle soap. The leather will absorb only as much as it can. You can also apply a leather conditioner to the shoe inside and out. This will not only finish off the cleaning process, but will soften your patent leather shoes a bit for maximum comfort. After cleaning and drying, you should apply a wax or polish to your patent leather shoe. Use a nail file to remove dry mud and scuff marks on suede shoes. Gently file away the stain with delicate strokes. A suede brush also works to remove dirt on shoes and clothing. Remove oil stains on suede by rubbing talcum powder or cornmeal directly on the spot. After several hours, brush off the powder. Repeat if necessary.
As with any fabric, test a small, unseen patch first. Store suede items so that they can breathe. Avoid plastic bags, which prevent air circulation, and opt for a pillowcase instead to protect clothing from dust. When traveling, store shoes in cotton flannel shoe bags instead of plastic bags.