Weird topic today, I know. But If you remember my white tennis shoes post, you know that I’m VERY particular about my athletic shoes. Like borderline insane, basically.
So it should be no surprise thai I am extremely particular about how I wash my tennis shoes. I’m talking multiple steps and LOTS of attention to detail. Athletic shoes, for me, are a major investment. I mean, first of all, they’re not that cheap, especially if you want really good quality.
So I want them to last a long time and still look good.
So first and foremost, my shoes live in their shoeboxes when they aren’t on my feet. The top of my closet is full of like 20 shoe boxes. LOL. That way, I can keep track of them all and keep them clean/safe when I’m not wearing them.
And depending on how many times I wear a pair of shoes, I wash them about once a month. Over-washing them can make the shoes start to fall apart, and I want CLEAN shoes not destroyed shoes. You know?! I’m not too specific on the time between washes.
Like I don’t have it written in my planner or anything (now THAT would be insane), but if I start to see a lot of scuffs on them, I pop them in the wash.
Use a stain remover stick.
I don’t usually use a bleach stick because that’s wayyy to unpredictable for me. Especially if my shoes are multicolored, the bleach can get on the non-white part of the shoe then all hell breaks loose. NOPE. Not happening. So I use a regular stain stick and dab it on any stains and let it dry before I wash them.
Trust me, just do it. Shoe laces turn into a big mess in the washer. So if you’re in the mood for angrily untangling shoe laces for the next 2 hours, by all means keep your shoes laced when you wash them! I, however, have no time for such annoying tasks. So if the shoe laces need to be washed, I just do it by hand in the sink.
I also take out the insoles and wash them by hand, too!
Put shoes in a pillow case.
So one of the other trainers at the gym I work at taught me this trick and I’m NEVER going back. Putting your shoes in a pillow case before washing them helps protect them from getting damaged while they violently tumble around in the washer. And it totally makes a difference. So just do it and thank me later.
Hot water for washing tennis shoes is a NO GO. That’s also why I don’t wash my shoes in the dish washer. I know a lot of people do this and it drives me absolutely insane. The hot water melts the rubber adhesive that keeps the shoe together, so your shoe could fall apart. And I don’t appreciate when my shoes fall apart.
Let air dry.
Hot air is also a huge NO GO for tennis shoes. Absolutely DO NO under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES put your shoes in the dryer. I made this mistake once on a brand new pair of Nike tennis shoes and I opened up the dryer to find the soles detached from the shoe. Ruined beyond repair.
So I either put my shoes on my patio or somewhere in direct sunlight to let them dry. It usually takes about 12ish hours!
I told you washing tennis shoes was a detailed process! But trust me, it works and it makes your shoes last way longer.
If y’all saw my snapchat last week, I spilled COFFEE on my white shoes at the airport. MORTIFIED. But when I got home from my trip, I washed them and they’re clean and white!
Is anyone as high maintenance/psychotic about their tennis shoes as I am?!
I feel like I’m the only one. LOL.
Anyways, happy Monday!