How to clean your white summer shoes

Bright white shoes are the epitome of Summer but if you’re anything like me, you tend to scuff up your white shoes pretty easily. Whether it be from grass stains from picnics or dirt from your backyard your shoes won’t stay pristine for long. While keeping your white shoes clean shouldn’t distract you from getting out there and enjoying the sun, here are some ways you can clean them up after you’ve had your fun.

Clean white shoes for Summer

Canvas

If that cotton canvas is looking a little bit dull, don’t be afraid to throw them into the washing machine with regular detergent. A bit of stain remover won’t hurt either. What ever you do, please don’t throw them in the dryer – the sun will do fine.

Suede

Make sure you get yourself a suede brush and brush off the dirt every now and again. You’ll be amazed at how much those bristles can take off. Talcum powder can help absorb oil stains. Simply apply some to the stained area, leave overnight and brush it off in the morning. A quick spray of suede protector will help in the long run.

Clean white shoes for Summer

Leather

First off, wipe off any large debris with a cloth dampened with warm water and mild detergent. Let them dry in the sun completely before putting them on again. For determined stains, a magic eraser can prove effective. Make sure you throw those laces in the wash.

Rubber

Throw your smelly pair of flip flops in a bucket of hot water with laundry detergent. Give it a good soaking and then grab a scrub brush and work out the dirt. Lay them on a tea towel to dry in the sun.

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Giang Cao points the camera to the streets and beyond to document and share the spectrum of people, clothes and personalities which inhabit our lives. He is the founder and creative director for Through the Looking Glass, a street style blog and has been featured in The New Yorker, style.com and The New York Times.