Fashion

10 ways to keep your white kicks lookin' fresh AF

Y’know, instead of just buying new ones.

By Natasha Harding

Whether you’re into your Stans, Vans, Cons or Air Force 1s, there's no denyin' white kicks remain on of this year’s hottest trends. And what’s not to like? They go with practicallyeverythingand, perhaps more importantly, are comfy as hell.

In fact, we love our white sneakers so much we’ve even tried rockin’ those ~SpOrTs LuXe~ vibes à la Kendall Jenner by wearing them work.

The only downside is the fact they’re white, which means they get dirty inside a month of casual city strolls, despite us walking like this to avoid every patch of dirt.

We all try to pretend we’re totally cool with having grubby white kicks but we’ve come a long way since high school (where pristine white Cons were considered ‘dorky’ and ‘worn in’ trainers were happenin’), but it’s all one big filthy lie. As soon as someone accidentally steps on our feet when we’re wearing our Air Maxs, a little part of us dies inside, no matter how ‘fine’ we pretend it is.

So when you’re standing at the lights looking at your tatty sneaks, you’re left with the dilemma: to clean, or not to clean? And, due to our pathetic attempts to scrub up our shoes in the past, we’ve often resorted to pullin’ a Biebs and buying a new pair of nearly identical trainers (or at least thought about it).

But, because we’re not Biebs IRL, and buying new shoes on the reg is exxy AF, here are a few hacks to keep your pumps looking brand-spanking new #yourewelcome.

1. Good ol’ soap and water

Perf for rubber or canvas shoes - Start by simply mixing up some soapy water and use a damp sponge to wipe off any dirt marks. Then stuff them full with plain paper (not newspaper or magazine pages as the ink might run), to keep their shape and leave overnight. Simple enough.

2. Dishwasher detergent or shampoo

If you don’t have any soap handy, dishwasher detergent or shampoo work just as well.

3. Magic eraser

Here’s another canvas solution – pick up a magic eraser from the supermarket cleaning section and follow the instructions on the packet.

4. Multipurpose spray and kitchen roll

Like soap and water, this technique isn’t recommended for leather trainers (for obvs reasons), but this technique is ace for slightly more stubborn scuffs.

5. Toothpaste and toothbrush

If it’s good enough for your teeth, it makes sense that the toothbrush and paste combo might give some promising results for your (once white) kicks. Simply apply the paste on the brush, quickly run under the tap and scrub away before wiping off with a damp cloth. Plus, the toothbrush is also amazing for those hard to reach places.

6. White/neutral leather shoe polish

Start by testing the polish on a more hidden part of the trainers (e.g. on the tongue) to make sure the colour matches. If so, and rub the wax or liquid polish into the shoe in circular motions with a dry. Then, just like you did with your school shoes, use clean cloth or specially designed brush to lightly buff off the polish. Alternatively, if you don’t have polish, try petroleum jelly instead.

7. Bleach

This is the last resort, as bleach is highly corrosive. If nothing else works, try diluting one part bleach to five parts water and getting in there with your trusty toothbrush before rinsing thoroughly. If you’re using bleach, always remember to wear rubber gloves and an apron to protect your clothes.

8. Don’t forget about the laces

Clean kicks are one thing but dirty laces ruin the look. Simply take them out and wash in warm soapy water before getting started on the shoes. Leave to dry.

9. Never put them in the washing machine or dryer

In addition to probs breaking your pricey machines, these techniques will almost definitely ruin your kicks as they’re super rough and the hot temps can cause the white rubber to turn that gross yellow hue.

10. Prevention

Alternatively, if you’re into the whole ‘prevention is better than cure’ mantra, apply a stain or water repellent on your new shoes as soon as you get them home to prolong their squeaky cleanness for as long as poss. Also, if you’re a fan of leather, make sure you keep them out of direct sunlight, as the sun’s rays are known to discolour your leather.

So now you know - you don't need to go and splurge on a new pair of kicks when your existing ones start to look a bit shabby. Save your money for champagne instead 'cause, let's be honest, that's the real priority in life.

Image via @yessuperstar.

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