The winter is full of greatness like Christmas, special spice infused lattes from your favourite coffee house and the opportunity to layer all your favourite items to create the outfit of the century. However, what it is not great for is keeping your trainers looking box fresh. Even when you elegantly waltz through the street on tiptoes, avoiding any loose slabs of pavement and keeping all puddles at arms length somehow when you arrive home your favourite sneaks have still managed to intercept an array of colourful liquid along the way.
If you decide to wear white trainer this winter then more fool you, however, stains any other colour kicks can be just as annoying. Which is where we come in. We have tried and tested various ways of keeping your trainers clean and enlighten you with our favourite 5.
1. Water & Stain Repellent
We carefully protect almost everything we own. From mobile phone cases to fancy drill holders almost everything we own we try to keep protected from the elements. Our trainers should be no different.
From nubuck to suede, every absorbent upper should be coated with a water-based spray to give them a breathable outside coating that ensures potential stains just bead right off.
Generally you are looking at a product that costs around £12 and all you need to do is spray your crepes and leave them over night and you have a fail safe method of protecting them.
2. Soles & Laces
Soles & laces are key factors that often get overlooked when it comes to trainer protection.
Laces pick up dirt and grime and can quickly force your trainers to look a little dishevelled. The easiest way to combat this is to drop the laces into a bowl of hot soapy water and massage the dirt away.
When it comes to the sole the method that we have found to be most effective is to use a small brush (toothbrush works well here) and gently brush away the dirt with warm water and soap. You would be surprised at how a quick spruce up of these two factors can really change the look of your trainers.
3. Deep Clean
The modern day man know all too well that the modern trainer can’t just be chucked in the wash inside a pillowcase and set to rinse.
Opt for investing in some premium shoe cleaner, which is soft on fabrics but tough on stains. Apply this with a wet shoe brush and scrub the stain until it foams. This will help erase any stains.
Some of us suffer with sweaty feet and this can lead to an unpleasant odour airing from your trainers. There are a number of ways to combat this and it is essential in keeping your trainer fresh. One of the best ways it to take your insoles out from your trainers and air them out until they are completely dry. Look to treat them with a de-odourizer or fragrance spray before placing them back in your trainers.
Alternatively place tumble dryer sheets inside your shoes and you’ll almost get a box fresh scent back in no time!
Prevention is better than cure and safe storage of your favourite trainers goes a long way in to preventing and stains. Do not disregard the box when you open your fresh sneaks as this is the ideal place to store them so that they can avoid any dust and unwanted dirt being collected on them while they wait to be worn again.
No matter how many operations you perform on your beloved kicks the dust has been ingrained on them for life. The best thing you can do for a new pair of trainers is keep the box and store them carefully in your wardrobe.
Finally and potentially the single best piece of advice we can give you when it comes to maintenance of your trainers… Always wipe them straight away. Whatever the damage is; it will be better to attack it with a wet wipe straight away in order to preserve the condition of your most favoured trainers.
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