Some of you will never know what it's like to have life tarnish those fresh-out-the-box white kicks because they never quite make their way outside of our living room. As for me and mine, we wear our sneakers. So, after an accidental step in mud here, or a clumbsy splill there - our sneakers can look downright terrible. If you feel me, you know what it's like to designate certain shoes for certain places (read: never wear new sneakers you don't mind ruining to a festival. You will cry.) or to put your sneakers back in the box with this in mind: W.T.F. happened?
Never fear though, because thanks to folks just like us and, you know, sneaker science, getting those shoes back to fresh form is easier than ever. But, do you spring for big professional sneaker cleaner or go with trusty home remedies? Here are two options we tend to use to buffer the beaters and shine those soles.
Behold the sneaker clean grail that is Jason Markk sneaker cleaner. If you can't make it out to Los Angeles to experience Markk's sneaker dry clean operation, for roughly $20 bucks you can nab the Premium Shoe Cleaner" which includes a bristle brush designed to rid your kicks of dirt, spills, and those pesky scuffs.
For the shoe lover, Jason Markk's products set a pretty high standard. Each product is made using 98.3% natural materials, such as coconut oil and jojoba oil, which are gentler on leather (especially important if you tend to love shoes like these) and some of the lighter materials you find in new silhouettes. It also smells like grapes, so there's that fun fact.
P.S. If you're constantly on the go like myself, these instant clean wipes will be your BFF. I swear by them.
If springing for the pro-grade stuff isn't your steez, one thing we always do is look to our kitchen. Assuming you're a person who has cleaning essentials on hand, you've probably got dish soap, sponges, clean towels, a toothbrush, and tons of elbow grease. If you're really about that life, and happen to have a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, you already know what to do.
Simply pour a small bit of your dish soap (I typically use a gentler Palmolive brand - about 1/2 a tablespoon) into a small dish and mix with warm water. Grab your handy toothbrush (buy a new one - don't use the only toothbrush you have guys. C'mon.) and get to scrubbing. As you see the gunk coming off, wipe it all away with a clean towel.
I typically only use this method on durable leather uppers, but it should work flawlessly on any midsole.
So, which is better? Honestly, both. The higher end cleaner is amazing at cleaning all types of sneaker uppers and can be used without worrying about ruining your shoes. However, you can't argue with what you've got at home AND saving a pretty penny in the process.
What do you use to clean you kicks? Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below!