Keeping your sneakers clean may sound simple, but it’s not—unless you’re a hardcore sneakerhead, who according to good ole Wikipedia is “a person who collects, trades or admires sneakers as a hobby.”
We’ve all been there before when we get new sneakers and promise ourselves we’ll keep them clean. We follow through the first few wears, but after a while we start to get lazy. You know what I’m talking about, we’ll tell ourselves “they aren’t that dirty” or “I’ll clean them this weekend.” But, we get caught up in other things and days go by, then weeks, and before we know it our sneakers look a little unkept.
There is a very simple solution when it comes to cleaning your sneakers. All you need is your favorite laundry detergent, warm water, and two wash cloths (one for cleaning and one for drying). I know that you’re probably thinking “why can’t I just use soap and water?”
Well, here’s why: although soap does a good job at cleaning; it lacks the compounds found in only detergents. Laundry detergents have molecules that act as dispersants, latching onto grease, dirt, and oil, then breaking them apart— making it easier to wash away.
So, if you want your sneakers to look brand new, go with the detergent. I guarantee that you’ll see a big difference in your sneakers. Give it a try and use the hashtag #meninstyletip so I can see the before and after.
Black and White Low-top Sneakers | Axel Arigato
Navy Low-top Sneakers | Common Projects
White Low-top Cap-toe Sneakers | Wings + Horns