We used to think that people who managed to keep their white sneakers were magical. Whatever we tried, nothing seemed to work. This was a problem because as every fashion girl will attest, white trainers are as ubiquitous as high-waisted trousers and checked blazers. They feature in every style-obsessed person's wardrobe—whether they're the popular Adidas Originals or classic Converse high-tops. They're what you go to when you don't want to wear heels. The trick, of course, for them to be as eternally chic as possible is to keep them looking box fresh. But how?
Style Notes: The ideal way to wear white sneakers in the autumn: with ecru jeans.
That's a mean feat when you want to wear your bright white shoes on repeat. While the A-list might be able to purchase another pair when they get theirs dirty, how can we mere mortals ensure our shoes continue to look brand-new? Not to mention, we're all about looking after our garments to get the most out of them. To help, we've uncovered nine incredible tricks for keeping your sneakers clean and white so you can make everyone believe that you only bought them yesterday. Scroll down to see our top nine trainer-cleaning hacks and the best pairs to invest in this season.
There are a ton of handy little cleaning tools out there to help with this. We prefer Magic Erasers, but if you don't have anything like that on hand, take a washrag and dip it in vinegar from your kitchen cupboard. Rub gently to remove small stains. Voilà!
Let's say you stepped in an oil slick crossing the street or dropped a big greasy french fry on your new white sneakers (it happens to the best of us). When you get home, use your gentlest shampoo, warm water, and a toothbrush or rag to gently wipe at the oil smudge. It should come right out.
Don't leave your white sneakers outside. They're already getting enough UV exposure as it is, which can lead to fading and unwanted discolouration. Treat them well, and store them in a cool, dark place when they're not being worn.
To the crux of the issue: Can you use bleach on white sneakers? Yes, you can, but you have to dilute it. Most shoe-care guides suggest mixing one part bleach with five parts water;any more than that and you risk turning your white fabrics a weird yellow tone. Dip your toothbrush in the diluted bleach solution, and scrub the shoes gently. Rinse with warm water when you're finished.