How to Care for Nike Sneakers

Whether you’re headed to the gym or just running down the street for a cup of coffee, Nikes add a little style and bounce to any outfit. If you’re throwing them into the washing machine to clean, however, don’t expect your favorite sneakers to stay stylish for long. Here’s how to clean your favorite Nikes with TLC.

Cleaning your Sneakers

  1. Make sure shoes are completely dry to start off
  2. Begin by brushing off excess dirt, mud, etc.
  3. Moisten a toothbrush or small sot-bristled brush and gently begin scrubbing the outside of the shoes
  4. Once the outside of the shoe is thoroughly scrubbed, apply a sudsy solution made of warm water and a little bit of laundry detergent.

*Pro tip: For speciality shoes, like Nike Flyknits, regular detergent can damage the fabric. Use a gentle cleanser like Jergens Mild.

  1. Give your shoes a sponge bath with a clean kitchen sponge or microfiber cloth. Rinse with warm water.
  2. Allow shoes to dry in a well ventilated room or out in the sun. Never put them in the dryer. If you need to speed up the process, try stuffing your shoes with paper towels or dryer fabric sheets.

Cleaning the Insoles

  1. Remove insoles from your shoes and run under warm water until thoroughly soaked.
  2. Scrub the insoles with dishwashing or laundry detergent using a small brush or toothbrush.
  3. Rinse the insoles in cold water thoroughly.
  4. Lay out a towel, place the insole on top of it, then fold the other half of the towel over them and press gently. Pat dry as much as possible then allow the insoles to air dry.

On the Go

  • Pencil erasers: These little guys are super handy for removing scratches and scrapes from the rubber soles of tennis shoes.
  • Storage inserts: Investing a little bit of cash into shoe inserts will go a long way in keeping the form of your shoes intact.
  • Regularly replace laces: replacing dingy, dirty laces can do wonders for an old pair of Nikes.