How To Clean and Care For Your White Kicks

Over the years, white shoes have become a timeless staple in the fashion industry. Be it heels, sandals, sneakers or flats, any one of these in white would never go wrong.

However, it can be rather frustrating to see our beloved footwear gradually turn grey, brown or even black. Sound familiar? You are not alone.

If you are someone who doesn’t like to spend so much time polishing your shoes, usually the safest bet would be to get a pair in dark colours like black instead of lighter colours like white, cream or pastel. If you want to flaunt those beautiful white shoes, you need to show extra care and put in extra effort to make sure they remain true to its colour.

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So how do we go about ensuring that our white shoes remain white? This is a question that many often stress about, but in this article we’re going to share with you a few different ways for you to maintain the colour purity of your shoes.

Know The Different Kinds of Material

Hold up, let us stop you right there. “White shoes” is just a general term for footwear, but in order to know how to clean your white shoes without ruining them, you need to know the what material you are dealing with. Are they suede, canvas or leather? It’s important to know this, because just like cutlery, you cannot simply use a bread knife to cut meat. It’s just not right. Sure, it may do the job, but the results? Let’s not go there.

Cleaning leather shoes is totally different from cleaning suede or canvas shoes. So before you move those hands to attack your leather shoes with the wrong cleaning products, let’s get started.

Cleaning White Leather Shoes

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What you will need: a magic eraser sponge, dry microfiber cloth, dye-free soap, and a toothbrush (or shoe brush)

Step 1: Gently remove any excess debris on the shoes using the toothbrush or shoe brush

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Step 2: Using the magic eraser sponge, gently buff out any scuff marks

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Step 3: Wet the toothbrush and apply a few drops of dye-free soap

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Step 4: Using the toothbrush, clean the surface of the shoe in gentle circular motions

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Step 5: Wipe down with a damp cloth to remove leftover soap and residue (ensure that your shoes are damp and not completely wet at any point of time

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Step 6: Repeat for the other side of the shoes


Step 7: Gently wipe or pat the surface of the shoes dry with a dry microfiber cloth

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Step 8: Stuff some paper towels into your shoes to absorb any excess moisture
Step 9: Air-dry your shoes (avoid drying it out directly under the sun as this will damage the leather)

Cleaning Suede Shoes

Suede shoes can leave us feeling a little clueless as to how to clean them when they are stained, to the extent where some people actually stop wearing them at some point. There are several ways to go about this issue, and here’s one trick that works extremely well and easily!

What you need: micellar water and cotton pads

Recently, a woman has discovered an inexpensive trick to cleaning your suede shoes with just these two products! It turns out that micellar water is not only beneficial on your face, it is also the ultimate cleanser for your suede shoes as well.

Cleaning Canvas Shoes

What you need: a toothbrush, one tablespoon of hot water, one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of white vinegar

Step 1: Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of white vinegar into one tablespoon of hot water

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Step 2: Stir and mix well until it becomes a paste

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Step 3: Using the toothbrush, dip it onto the paste

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Step 4: In gentle circular motions, lather the paste onto the canvas of your shoes (make sure you cover every part of your shoes)

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Step 5: Leave them outside in the sun to dry, for around three to four hours

Step 6: Check that the paste on the shoes has completely dried

Step 7: “Clap” the shoes against each other to shake the product off

Step 8: To ensure every bit of the product is off the shoes, brush the canvas with the toothbrush again

Ensuring Your White Shoes Stay In Tip-Top Shape

If you constantly get your shoes dirty, it can be a little taxing having to clean them all the time. So here are some tips for you to prolong your shoe’s whiteness.

We’re sure everyone has heard of the saying “Prevention is better than cure.” every now and then. This is the key to maintaining the cleanliness of your white shoes!

#1 Stuff your shoes with acid-free paper

Shoes can get worn out over time, even without wearing them. In order to make sure they stay in shape, stuff your shoes with a sufficient amount of acid-free tissue or paper to ensure that they stay in shape and do not bend or stretch.

#2 Pick a proper shoe storage space

Another major factor in shoes becoming yellow or worn out is the space you store them in. Direct sunlight, dust and temperature can destroy your shoes gradually. Storing them in proper shoe boxes or cabinets can give you strong protection against these harmful elements. The best way for you to store your shoes is to decide whether your shoes are going to be stored long-term or for a shorter amount of time.

#3 Prevent growth of fungi

Mildew is a type of fungi that can actually grow in or on your shoes if you store them without completely drying them. So ensure that your shoes are completely dry before storing them! We wouldn’t want to get our feet on any fungi now, would we?

#4 Keep your shoes fresh

There will always be a few pairs of shoes that we wear more often than the others. In this case, be mindful to keep these regularly worn shoes in an open storage space so that they can “breathe”. That’s right, shoes need to breathe too.

So much work just for shoes alone? Don’t be lazy now, people. A little extra care for our beloved shoes can go a long way. Who knows, you might even get to wear your shoes for another half a decade or so. With that, we hope these tips can help you in protecting your babies well.

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