How To Care For And Clean Your Rare Shoes
Posted on January 10 2019
As people become more conscious and invested in the footwear that they buy they tend to seek exclusive shoes that have highly anticipated release dates, or rare shoes where a limited quantity is released. When you own a pair of rare shoes or shoes that were released in an exclusive colorway, a tricky situation can arise. Sure, you have some fresh new shoes that you want to show off, but you also don’t want to get them dirty and creased.
At Laced, we know the feeling of wanting to protect your shoes — and simply keeping them in the box is not a way that we recommend doing so. Instead, simply take care of your shoes and know how to properly clean them if they are to become dirty. In today’s blog, our Los Angeles shoe store is going to discuss some of our favorite shoe care and cleaning tips.
Care For You Kicks
The best way to protect your favorite pair of exclusive shoes is to make sure that they are never damaged in the first place. That being said, caring for your shoes is a lot easier said than done. First, you have to be mindful at all times when wearing them, because if you are not watching where you walk you can easily take a step into a puddle, mud, or any other damaging substance. The second most important aspect of caring for your shoes is to store them properly. By storing your shoes off the floor, on a rack, or in a box, your shoes can be protected from spills, scuffs, and disfiguration.
While shoe care is important, it is also important to understand that your new shoes will not be in pristine condition forever. If you love your shoes enough to wear them out in public, there is always a chance that they will get dirty, damaged, or even show signs of wear and tear. So if you can’t bear the idea of that you might as well never take them out of the box.
But if you are planning on wearing your rare or exclusive shoes…
Clean Your Kicks
As we said above, if you wear your shoes it is more than likely that they will become dirty at one point or another. But that doesn't mean that you have to throw your limited edition shoes away. At Laced., we offer shoe cleaning services that are second to none — and if you think your shoes are beyond repair, we can probably still clean them — but we understand that most people want to save money and clean their shoes themselves. Because of this, we have made a list of things you can do to keep your kicks clean on a budget.
Pick Up Some Product
Cleaning limited release shoes is not as easy as you would think. Different shoe materials react differently to cleaning products — meaning that it is important to make sure that you have the right tools for the job. Even if you don’t want our experienced shoe cleaning team to get your exclusive shoes back to their prime state, Laced. can still help. Stop by our store today to pick up shoe cleaning products like solutions, brushes, shoe trees, laundry bags, and more.
When people think about cleaning a nice pair of shoes, they tend to think of the outsole, midsole, and the upper part of the shoe. Never does anyone consider the laces. While yes, most shoes will allow you to have the ability to simply buy another set of laces, but limited edition shoes might not give you that luxury. Clean your laces using a laundry bag and sending them through the wash.
If you wear your limited edition shoes the development of odor is inevitable. Rather than using an aerosol odor spray or a household remedy, it is important to use an actual shoe odor spray to ensure that bacteria is killed and that the shoe is not damaged by the product.
Brush Hard, Brush Often
When it comes to cleaning the outsole and the midsole, it is important to brush hard and to brush often. The outsole requires a stiff brush to scrape out the grooves of the sole and the midsole requires a softer brush that can remove dirt without damaging the shoe. Why is it important to do often? Well, to put it simply, the longer that you allow dirt to build up, the harder it will be to brush off.
Kick The Creasing
One of the things that bother limited edition shoe owners the most is creasing. Creasing can make a beautiful shoe look second-hand in a matter of minutes. In order to protect your shoes from creasing it is best to use a shoe tree while not wearing the shoes. By placing shoe trees inside your shoes when you aren’t wearing them you can let the shoe to resettle while not being used.
Cleaning Isn’t For You? Bring Your Shoes To Us!
If you don’t feel like cleaning, don’t think you could do it correctly, or don't have the time to clean your limited edition shoes, simply bring them to us. Our team of experienced professionals can get your shoes back to normal in a matter of days. Do you need your shoes back right away for an event? Don’t fret, we offer one-day turnaround services for as little as $15 extra.