Friday, February 15

DIY: How to Clean White Sneakers

So if you've been around here for a while, you know that Tom is extremely tall. With being tall comes huge feet, obviously. That's why these shoes are so big, they're a 15. We have such a hard time finding him shoes that he actually likes, so I decided to retrieve an old pair that he loves from the trunk of our car (I have no idea why they were back there) and make them new again instead of buying new shoes altogether. 

After I did one shoe, I decided to document the process because I thought they came out so well!

Here's what you'll need:

1. New shoe laces
2. Fabric paint (any craft store should have this)
3. Shoe Whitener (I picked this up at Target)
4. A paint brush!

What to do:

1. Take out the gross shoe laces and throw them away!
2. Clean the shoes (I used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser--those things are the bomb--haha remember when it was cool to say "the bomb"?). Dry them with a paper towel.
3. Apply the Shoe whitener all over the top of the shoe. Do a second coat on any spots that need it. Let it dry.
4. Apply a thin coat of the white fabric paint on stubborn areas--in seams, over the rubber sole that shows on the sides, etc. If you make sure to do a thin coat it's not going to show up at all! This stuff is amazing for shoes and I never would've thought of using it on them (...until I did, haha)
5. Add the new laces.
6. You can thank me later!



Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

Look at you getting all crafty!!

(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

Kelly said...

They look so much better, what a great idea!

Sparkles and Shoes

Andrea @ Mostly Happenstance said...

Wow! They almost look brand new. If I ever purchased white sneakers I would definitely try this when they got dirty :) But alas, I (and my husband) are just not a fan of white sneakers.

Unknown said...

love love that you make over some shoes! I am a huge fan of repairing things over buying new items. I already use fabric paint on furniture but I love the idea of using it on shoes


Jodie Fitz said...

Looks GREAT - what a great reminder that we can up cycle & re-use!!! :) Have a good weekend....and thanks for sharing!

~ Jodie

Heather @ Cookies For Breakfast said...

This is how far behind I am in blog reading. But holy shit (sorry this is a family-friendly blog) - 15?!?!?! OMG! I'm sure there's another family-inappropriate joke in here somewhere ;-)

But this is a wicked good idea! - I'm amazed at how well the shoes came out!

Penelope Sanchez said...

Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and slowly work out any stains. A little elbow grease will help here, so don't be shy. After you've cleaned everything up, wipe any access away with a damp towel. That's it! Easy as pie.


Unknown said...

I put mine in the clothes washer with soap, bleach and downy! Come out looking great!

Gretta Hewson
Apollo Luxury Architectural Design Studio

Unknown said...

White Shoelaces, Take out the laces from the shoes and remove insoles. Wash shoelaces in the washing machine along with the shoes. You can always purchase new shoelaces to replace dirty or worn old ones. Learn more: .

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