It’s a classic love saga. Boy meets shoes. Boy buys shoes. Boy loves shoes. Boy gets dirt on his shoes. With white sneakers everywhere from the runway to the street, it’s only likely that a stylish man like yourself would invest in some squeaky clean kicks. But no matter how far you go to make sure they stay an angelic white, things happen: Someone accidentally squirts some ketchup on the tops or the street’s natural grit taints the sides. If you have endless cash to spend, buying another pair is an option; however, cleaning them yourself is just as easy. Since you can’t exactly throw these shoes in the washing machine and expect perfect results, here are five hacks for keeping your white shoes nice and bright.
1. Cleanse with a (gentle) shampoo
Simply Googling “keeping your white shoes white” will lead you to a slew of pricey shampoos and soaps solely dedicated to your crisp sneakers. But in reality? A gentle cleanser is just as effective and will set you back only a fraction of that fancy mix’s price. A gentle shampoo, according to WhoWhatWear, is ideal for getting rid of those pesky grease stains: All you need is your shampoo, warm water, and a wet rag or toothbrush for wiping away any blotches. Whatever you do, don’t throw these into the washer and dryer. It may sound easy, but the heat will aid in deteriorating the fiber. Need to wear these in a few hours? WhoWhatWear recommends stuffing your lace-ups with paper towel to speed up the drying process.