How to Keep Your White Shoes Clean


White shoes are a timeless staple. They elevate any outfit, adding a touch of crisp sophistication. But let's face it, keeping them pristine can feel like an uphill battle. Don’t worry, cause with a few simple strategies and the right cleaning products, your all white shoes can conquer countless adventures (and unfortunate spills) while maintaining their head-turning appeal.


Prevention is Key

The best defense is a good offense – especially when it comes to all white shoes. Here are some proactive measures to keep them looking their best:

Treat them before they hit the streets. 

 A good water and stain repellent spray acts as an invisible shield, creating a barrier against dirt and grime. Apply it liberally and evenly following the product instructions, letting them dry completely before strutting your stuff.

Beware of weather warriors.  

Rain, snow, and mud are all enemies of pristine white shoes.  If puddles or unexpected downpours seem likely, consider rocking a different pair.  Alternatively, invest in a water-resistant protectant spray for extra peace of mind.

Mind your company.  

White shoes look fantastic, but they might not be the best choice for activities likely to involve excessive dirt, dust, or contact with colored surfaces.  Save your dazzling whites for occasions where they can truly shine.


Conquer Everyday Stains: Your Cleaning Arsenal

Even with the best intentions, accidents happen.  Here's how to tackle common stains on your all white CODE footwear:

The General: Spot cleaning with a gentle touch.  

For everyday dirt and scuffs, create a cleaning solution using a mild laundry detergent and lukewarm water. Dip a soft-bristled brush (think toothbrush) into the solution, then gently scrub the affected area using circular motions.  Wipe clean with a damp cloth, then let your shoes air dry completely. 

Earth Tones: Banishing grass and dirt stains.  

For those pesky grass and dirt stains, a baking soda paste can work wonders.  Mix a small amount of baking soda with water to create a thick paste.  Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.  Scrub gently with a soft brush, then rinse and air dry.

Beware of Bold Colors:  

Accidental contact with colored surfaces requires swift action.  Blot up any excess color transfer immediately with a clean, absorbent cloth.  Treat the stain with a gentle stain remover specifically designed for footwear, following the product instructions carefully. Test the remover on an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn't damage the shoe's material.

**Remember:** Always test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the shoe before applying it directly to the stain.  This helps avoid any unwanted discoloration or damage.


Deep Cleaning: Bringing Your Whites Back to Life

Sometimes, your all white CODE shoes might require a more thorough cleaning.  Here's how to give them a spa day at home:

The Lacing Game  

Remove the laces and wash them separately with mild detergent and lukewarm water.  Letting them air dry completely prevents mildew and ensures they stay looking fresh.

The Sole Solution  

For dirty soles, a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar can work wonders.  Create a paste using equal parts baking soda and vinegar, and apply it to the soles using a soft brush.  Let the paste sit for 10-15 minutes, then scrub gently and rinse thoroughly.

The Big Wash (with Caution)  

While spot cleaning is usually sufficient, some all white CODE shoes might be washing machine-safe.  Always check the care label on your shoes before tossing them in the machine.  If machine washing is okay, use a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent.  Air dry your shoes completely, away from direct heat. 

Pro Tip: Stuff your shoes with clean, white cloths or towels to maintain their shape during the drying process. 


Maintaining Whiteness: Beyond Cleaning

Keeping your all white CODE shoes looking their best goes beyond just cleaning.  Here are some additional tips:

Store them wisely.  

Don't shove your damp or dirty white shoes back into their box.  Store them in a cool, dry place with good ventilation.  Consider using shoe inserts to absorb moisture and maintain their shape.

Embrace the eraser trick.  

A white pencil eraser can be a lifesaver for scuff marks on white leather shoes.  Gently rub the eraser over the scuff mark to remove any surface dirt.  This trick works best on smooth leather and might not be suitable for all materials.


Stay Pristine with All White Shoes from CODE

By following these simple strategies, you can ensure your all white CODE shoes stay looking fresh and ready for any adventure.  Remember, with a little TLC, your white kicks can become a timeless staple in your wardrobe, adding a touch of effortless

At CODE by Gentry, we understand the importance of style and comfort when it comes to men's footwear. We offer a wide selection of shoes crafted from premium materials and designed with breathability and support in mind. Whether you're looking for a classic loafer, a versatile sneaker, or a stylish sandal, we have the perfect pair to elevate your summer look. 

Browse our collection online or visit us in-store today to get started.

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