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Shoe Care 101: Tips on keeping your shoes clean

As soon as you step outside in your fresh new shoes, there is no doubt it will gather dirt, scuffs, stains and odours. The only way to keep them in tip-top condition is not to wear them at all... but where's the fun in that? 

To ensure longevity of your shoes, we recommend taking time out to regularly clean them. The best ways to clean shoes is depending on their material. Most footwear can be cleaned using a solution of mild dish soap and water, but certain types of shoes, including mesh and suede require special care to avoid damaging the material. 

How to clean your shoes

1. Start by removing the laces and brushing away any excess dirt using a dry toothbrush or soft-bristled brush.

2. Wash the shoes by hand using a small amount of liquid laundry detergent mixed with water.

3. Pre-treat stains by applying detergent directly to the spot and allowing it to sit for at least 15 minutes.

4. Clean the entire shoe by scrubbing with a sponge or cloth dipped in the detergent solution. 

5. Air dry your shoes at room temperature. Always allow your shoes to dry completely before wearing them for your next workout or activity. For most shoes, it should take at least 8 hours to fully dry.

How to clean your leather shoes 

shoe cleaner

Leather and faux leather shoes can stain easily and are prone to damage if you scrub too hard. In addition to using a dry brush and mild dish soap solution, you may want to use a Power Cleaner Treatment by Shoeboy's to remove stains. Don’t scrub the shoes too hard, or you could damage the leather.

How to clean your suede shoes 

Suede is extremely difficult to clean! If you start to notice scuff and water marks, it's definitely time to give them a proper clean! 

1. Use a suede brush or towel to wipe away surface debris, working in the same direction as the material rather than going against the grain.

2. Use suede rubber (or a pencil eraser) to rub away any marks on the surface of the shoe. 

3. For stubborn stains, use a cloth dipped in white vinegar to scrub the fabric in alternating directions.

How to clean knit shoes 

Shoe spray

Create a mild, soapy water solution with soap that doesn’t contain chemicals. Never use bleach or other harsh cleaning products, since they can damage the material. Take a clean cloth and rub the solution in the same direction as the knit.

To help keep your shoes protected throughout all weather's, our Shoeboy's water protect spray can easily be applied on your shoes for the ultimate care and protection from dirt. 

And that's how it's done folks! If you're looking for a fresh new pair of shoes, then look now further. We've got you covered! 

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