How To Keep White Sneakers White

We explore some of our favourite methods and myths to debunk the best ways to keep those white shoes white.

White sneakers are always a commitment, a constant uphill battle against grime and dirt until they get to a certain age, beyond which it is socially acceptable to let them wallow in their character and old charm.

The way some people manage to keep their kicks so white is one of life’s biggest mysteries. Gone are the days of relying on toothpaste and baking soda (no offense if you still swear by these), as there are now various creams, soaps and brushes to keep your babies fresh. But here we try to debunk the best ways to keep those white shoes white.

 

1. Be proactive - The minute you get those shoes out of their box, pre-treat them with stain and water repellent. If there is canvas involved, hit it with some Scotchgard to protect the fabric. Keep this up by re-spraying them every couple of weeks, because white shoes don’t clean themselves!

 

2. Be regular - Regular spot cleaning is one of the best ways to keep your sneakers white. As soon as you get a scuff or a stain, wipe it off! If you don’t they can penetrate the leather or fabric of the shoe and become permanent. This might sound over-ambitious, but try wipe them down each time you take them off.

 

3. Keep it gentle - Unless your shoes are 100% indestructible, make sure you never scrub too hard, especially on suede and canvas. You’re better off gently washing them and repeating this until they are clean.

 

4. Find some good products - If you’re really serious about your shoes you can find some great shoe cleaning products, including shoe wipes, foaming cleansers, microfibre cloths, and abrasive erasers for the soles! Or you can try relying on old school methods such as toothpaste and baking soda (which many people do, with varying results)

These are just four ways to keep your sneakers fresh, even though you will probably get them all dirty again next time you wear them. It might take some time and effort, but in the end it’s all worth it for that fresh out-of-the-box feeling.

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