Blog: Crossroads Style

February 1st, 2017 by Julius Adorsu Sneaker Maintenance: How to Clean Your Shoes

I wouldn’t consider myself a sneakerhead, but I sure do love shoes. And I’m hard on them—they were designed for outdoor activities, after all. They can pretty unpleasant after wearing them to parties or just the regular day-to-day abuse. I’ve been told that the first thing people look at when they meet you is your shoes. Those bad boys better be sparkling clean!

Treat the items that you value as well as they treat you. Your car gets you around, and after certain mileage you have to do maintenance. Well, the same thing applies to your shoes after some hard miles.

To help me do some sneaker maintenance I picked up the Jason Markk essential kit, but you can use any gentle brush and shoe-cleaning solution.



The shoes I’m cleaning are not only some of my favorite sneakers on rotation, they’re also #CrossroadsFinds that I picked up for less than $20 a pair!



The process is very simple and only requires three things: a brush, some cleaning solution, and a bowl of water.




The Fila before cleaning:



The Nike before cleaning:



The part of my shoes I most struggle to keep clean is the back of the sole, so naturally that’s the part I focused on the most.



With some light scrubbing and very little effort, I was absolutely blown away with the results.




The Fila after cleaning:



The Nike after cleaning:



As a frequent thrifter, I’m always finding sneakers that just need a little maintenance.  I’m very pleased with the results of this cleaning set, especially for the price. I purchased my set at a local Chicago sneaker store for under $18 with tax. You can find it on the Jason Markk website for just $16 + tax and shipping.  If you’re looking to clean your shoes, this kit is great!


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