How to Clean Your Sneakers — Because They're Begging to Be Your Next DIY Project
Cleaning my sneakers is basically the one DIY project that I've been avoiding while staying home. But it's a go-to for so many people right now, and ahead of the summer, when my sneakers get a ton of wear, it feels pretty necessary. I needed a little bit of motivation to get my head in the game, as they say. My white canvas high-tops were glaring me down every time I walked by them — "We don't deserve these stains!" they seemed to be saying — and I knew they needed my full attention. I tapped some of my friends from a few of my favorite sneaker brands, including the teams at Kenneth Cole and Soludos, plus Claire Green, Ben Rosario, and Joe Gray from Hoka One One, and I asked them my burning questions. I figured that with the proper guidance, I might actually take sneaker cleaning as seriously as I do Netflix-ing.
I didn't just request the standard dos and dont's (i.e. can I just, like, throw all my sneakers into a delicate cycle on cold?), but I also kept fashion sneakers in mind. I requested specifics on white sneakers, leather sneakers, mesh sneakers, and sneaker soles. With chunky platforms all the rage right now, it's no surprise our steep soles could be the focus of our next deep cleanse. Scroll down to find the answer to every question you have about sneaker cleaning, and put that bristle brush to work! The end result is so worth the endeavor, trust me.