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Calf hair shoes, also known as pony hair, are susceptible to staining and tearing. Proper care extends the lifespan of these usually expensive shoes. It is advised that you only wear these shoes in ideal conditions, and keep them safely in the closet during bad weather or if you anticipate any off-road conditions.

Gently wipe any dirt off the shoe with a damp cloth. Warm water on its own or with mild soap mixed in will work. You should rub in the direction of the hair growth. Do not get the shoe too wet in this process.

Brush the shoe with a small, bristled brush. You can purchase a specialty brush at most shoe stores, but a small, hard, plastic brush will do. Depending on how often you wear your shoes, this should be done at least once a month to remove dirt.

Spray a protective spray on your shoes to protect them from general wear and tear. This spray can usually be purchased at the same location where you purchased your shoes. Not all protective sprays are meant for calf hair, so be sure to read the label or ask a knowledgeable employee before purchasing a spray.


If you get calf hair shoes too wet, you risk damaging them beyond repair. Always gently wipe the shoes clean with minimum amount of water.