White sneakers are, to the minds of many people, the real kings of trainers. Classic, iconic and drop-dead cool, they’re the go-to footwear choice for when you want to blend a bit of sport-inspired dress-down glam with urban chic; that is, when you want to hit the concrete pavement with some cut and dash.
And yet, unfortunately, that whole look and vibe is far less effective (arguably, not effective at all) unless your white trainers still look brand spanking new. Which is a bit of a problem because, as any regular sneakers-wearer knows, it’s next to impossible keeping white trainers – whether they’re a pair of Sketchers women’s or any other type – looking immaculate.
Or is it? The reality is that all you need is a bit of know-how. So, whether you’re wanting to create an irresistible outfit by partnering your white Sketchers Go Walk with a pair of skinning jeans or leggings and a cool lightweight jacket, you can achieve exactly the look pulled off in so many of those aspirational images you’ve flicked through on Pinterest thanks to following some – or, indeed, all – of the following white-sneaker-specific care hacks…
- White nail polish can work wonders – long gone are the days when nail polish was only ever fashionable in red and shades thereof; nowadays, painting your nails in every colour under the sun seems to be on-trend, so why not crack open that bottle of white nail polish to touch-up that tiny little scratch or smudge?
- Spot-clean like a pro – don’t doubt it, ‘magic eraser’ sponges really can live up to their billing when it comes to spot-cleaning trainers; that said, relying instead on a cloth dipped in a little vinegar can suffice just as well (yes, that’s right, vinegar isn’t just useful for cooking and seasoning your fish and chips!)
- No washing machines – you know how your little ones are frightened of their favourite teddies going in the washing machine when they may be in need of a bit of a spring clean (and for good reason, no doubt), well, so should you feel aghast about throwing your favourite pair of sneakers in with your delicates, so hand-wash only, please; just like Ted, your trainers’ll thank you for it
- Don’t forget your toothbrush – where better than in a list that helps you brush up on sneaker-cleaning than to reveal the big hack that’s using a toothbrush? Yes, this implement’s size, shape and ergonomic ease-of-use ensures you can use one adeptly to get to those hard-to-clean zones of your trainer; along with the toothbrush then, use warm water, a little soap and only ever scrub gently
- Hand-wash your laces – cleaning your trainers properly is all about caring for them and ensuring they last in (as near to) mint condition for as long as possible, so (as with the trainers themselves) don’t toss their white laces into the washing machine for a soak and harsh tumble; the laces really may be too delicate for that, in which case then, the way to go is to hand-wash them in warm, soapy water and leave them to dry naturally
- A little shampoo can go a long way – yes, shampoo is, indeed, your friend when it comes to white sneakers and that means that, when partnered with the aforementioned combo that’s a toothbrush or cloth and warm, soapy water, it’s perfect for removing oily grease (perhaps picked up from crossing the road or due to food or drink you may have accidently allowed to drip on your super-duper white sneakers)
- Use bleach? Surely not – well, actually, so long as you properly dilute it in water, yes, you can use a little bleach on your sneakers for cleaning purposes; the advice here is to create a mix of five parts water to just one part bleach and then, again, use a toothbrush to gently rub at the surface of the trainers, rinsing them with warm water when you’re finished and allowing them to dry naturally
- Don’t leave your trainers outdoors (especially in the summer) – like it or not, just wearing your trainers outside exposes them to ultraviolet (UV) rays, thus leading to inevitable sun-fading and discolouring; it’s far better then, to limit their exposure to sunlight by storing them in a cool, dark place indoors.