When Carl Perkins composed the song Blue Suede Shoes in 1955, he had no idea that it will be a big hit. As the legend goes, when Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley were on tour throughout the South, Cash suggested to Perkins that he write a song about blue suede shoes. He was reluctant at first, saying he does not know anything about shoes.
When Perkins played on a dance on December of 1955, he noticed a couple dancing near the stage. Between a song, Carl heard a loud voice saying, “Uh-uh, don’t step on my suedes!” He saw the boy wearing blue suede shoes which had a scuff mark. “Good gracious, a pretty little thing like that and all he can think about is his blue suede shoes,” thought Carl. So he composed the lyrics.
The song skyrocketed to number 1 when the legendary Elvis Presley sang it on national television. The rest is as they say history. The blue suede shoe was cemented as a staple in men’s wardrobe.
Wearing blue suede shoes is not that hard to pull off. We are just victims of prejudice that men’s footwear is limited to the browns and the blacks. Of course, just like any other articles of clothing, the blue suede shoe is subject to certain rules like color coordination. Nonetheless, you don’t really have to worry about it because blue is a basic men’s color.
How to clean it
Well, you can knock me down / Step in my face / Slander my name / All over the place. / Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh, / Honey, lay off of my shoes.
Even the legendary Elvis Presley can’t tolerate a smudge on his blue suede shoe! Suede shoes in general are very difficult to clean. Because of the nappy surface, a suede shoe can stain even with a little splash of water. You just can’t evade the scuff on your shoe. One way or another, you are going to have to wash it.
Having it dry cleaned is the best way to go. If you’re cost-cutting, you can try these cleaning remedies at home:
- With a clean bath towel, gently rub the surface of the shoe to bring up the nap.
- Use a clean pencil eraser to remove small dry stains. Avoid any commercially produced stain removers such as bleach, soaps and detergent.
- Lightly dab vinegar on stubborn stains.
- If the suede shoes got a little soaked with rain, let it dry in room temperature. Never expose it to direct heat.
- Regularly brush your shoe with a wire suede brush.
A blue suede shoe can bring color in your wardrobe. Nowadays, you don’t get to see many guys who are brave enough to sport one. Channel your inner Elvis and strut it out.