Taking proper care of your sneakers is essential for their longevity. Sneakers are often our most-worn shoes due to their comfort and versatility. They’re what we slip on to run errands, hang out with friends, and travel. You might even wear sneakers on a daily basis, depending on your work’s dress code. Make sure you don’t wear your sneakers out prematurely by giving them some routine TLC.
- Sneaker Care Guide: Tips To Make Your Sneakers Always Look Their Best
Protect them from the start. Don’t wait until it’s too late. As soon as you bring your new babies home, give them a generous coating of shoe protectant. This will help prevent any future stains, wrinkles, or tears. Remember to choose specialized protectant according to the material of your sneaker.
- Store them well.
You may already have a great shoe closet, but you can always go the extra mile. Hold on to the stuffing paper that came with your sneakers; it will help them keep their shape. If you accidentally threw it out you can always use other scrunched up paper. Make sure your sneakers are stored in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight, as it may discolour materials like leather and suede.
- Clean your shoes manually. Don’t listen to washing machine enthusiasts. They are convenient, but washing machines have the power to ruin sneakers. Be safe rather than sorry with a manual clean. If you clean your shoes regularly it should only take a few minutes at a time. You can either buy a special shoe cleaning kit or DIY one with a spare cloth, toothbrush, or magic eraser (especially on white sneakers) to get rid of any pesky stains, dirt, and grime. Suede sneakers are the only exception to the rule, as it’s a more sensitive material. It’s worth investing in a specialized kit for your suede kicks.
Accidentally got a stain? No worries, you can spot clean with a specialty cleaner or a combination of dish soap, all purpose cleaner, and dish cleaner. Just avoid cleaners with bleach, as they can cause discoloration.
PS: Don’t forget about the laces! Keep them looking fresh by soaking them in a mixture of warm water and laundry detergent.
- Alternate your sneakers. You may have a favorite pair, but resist the urge to wear them daily. All shoes should ideally have at least a day in between wears to dry out. Alternating means you’ll be wearing your sneakers less, so it’s only natural that they’ll last longer. Plus, it’s also better for your feet.