There’s no better feeling than stepping out in a new pair of luxury kicks. Whichever brand you prefer, designer sneakers certainly don’t come cheap and your new job is to keep them looking just as good as the day that you bought them. For many people, especially if this is your first pair of luxury sneakers, it can be difficult to keep them in top condition – especially if you’re not sure how and you wear them all the time. But the good news is that there are several simple yet hugely effective steps that you can take to preserve the condition of your designer sneakers and keep them looking brand new for longer.
Resole Your Sneakers:
Designer trainers look nice, but depending on the brand that you get, they aren’t always designed for durability. If you’ve invested in a pair that’s more about appearance than practicality and plan to wear them for everyday activities, you might want to consider having them resoled before you start wearing them. Of course, this might not always be necessary, as some options like these Gucci sneakers are good quality and will last you a while anyway.
Store Your Sneakers Correctly:
When you’re not wearing your shoes, it’s best to store them correctly in order to protect them from damage and ensure that they do not lose their shape. You can do this by keeping them stored in a separate shoe box and use foam inserts inside the shoes to keep them from wrinkling or sagging. Try to store your shoes next to one another rather than on top of each other, if you can.
Use The Dust Bags:
The dust bags that they arrived in can be really useful, so don’t throw them away. You can use the dust bag to keep your shoes wrapped up when you’re not wearing them, or to protect them when you are traveling with them or transporting them between different places. Keeping them wrapped up will help them avoid getting dirty or damaged.
Invest in Professional Services:
Depending on the type of shoes that you have, sometimes, cleaning luxury shoes on your own can be a disaster. If you’re not sure which products or tools to use to clean your sneakers, you might want to invest in professional cleaning and maintenance service instead.
Learn Proper Cleaning Techniques:
If you’d rather take the DIY route, then it’s important to spend some time learning proper cleaning techniques to keep your sneakers looking brand new. Never put your sneakers in the washing machine; this might be a tempting option, especially if your machine has a ‘sports shoes’ option, but the truth is that using a washing machine can quickly cause the shoes to lose their shape and could even damage the stitching or sole. It’s always best to use specially designed cleaning solutions and tools to clean your sneakers. An old toothbrush can be ideal for scrubbing away tough stains or getting at hard-to-reach areas.
Protect Your Sneakers:
Simply stepping out in the rain can cause a lot of damage to your designer sneakers, so don’t risk it. Once you’ve brought them home from the store or they have arrived in the mail, don’t step outside in them before you have covered them in a suitable protective barrier. You can find many different sprays and solutions to apply to your sneakers before wearing them to waterproof the material and make them less susceptible to rain damage.
Clean Your Sneakers After Each Use:
Giving your sneakers a quick clean after each use will make their condition easier to maintain, along with helping you avoid a build-up of dirt and debris on the shoes, which can cause damage to them over time. Simply wiping them over with a cleaning solution before putting them back into storage can make all the difference, especially if you have chosen to go for a white shoe.
Soak Your Laces:
Lastly, don’t forget about the laces. You can have the cleanest shoes ever and if the laces are dirty, it’s going to bring the entire aesthetic down. The good news is that laces are simple and easy to keep clean. One way to do it is to soak the laces in a bowl with hot water and some bleach but bear in mind that you only need a tiny amount of bleach here, as it can weaken them if you use too much. Alternatively, you can put fabric laces in a bowl of warm water mixed with a shoe cleaning solution or throw them in the washing machine on a low-temperature setting if you’re in a rush.
Correct cleaning, maintenance, and care are essential for keeping your designer sneakers looking brand new for longer.
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