Today’s Solutions: October 16, 2021

Being a sustainable fashionista doesn’t mean simply buying clothes that will last long. It also means taking caring care of the clothes you have to ensure their longevity. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how to take care of your sneakers so that they last as long as possible.

Ideally, you should give your shoes a quick brush or wipe-down after every wear. Most of the time, there will be just a layer of dust, which you can wipe off easily. More than that and you may need a brush and cleaning solution.

If you have been working out, sweat/moisture/funky stuff means you will have to concentrate on the insides. If you can, take out the insoles, clean with a brush and let them air separately. If you want to go a step further, remove the laces, flip the tongue over and clean out and air the entire shoe. Another recommendation is to put a deodorizing insert inside the shoes overnight. You can get sprays that just add another layer of smell on top, but what you really want is an odorless insert that absorbs all the moisture and scent.

Most importantly, don’t put your sneakers in a washing machine. They will come out clean but, over time, the material takes a beating. Also, there are so many materials on a single shoe – plastic, rubber, mesh, glue, suede – and a washing machine isn’t designed for all those different elements. The shoe might take a different shape, peel, crack; the paint might come off.

Once you’ve done all your cleaning, the last thing you want to remember is to store your shoes at room temperature. The heat can make your shoes lose their shape, while the cold can lead to cracking and breaking later on.

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