No matter how careful you are about making sure your kicks stay clean, they’re bound to get dirty sooner or later. When that happens, you need to be prepared. No, you don’t need to freak out. No, you don’t need to run to the store and cop a new pair. You need to sit down and get your kicks cleaned up. There’s a simple process to it, and today we’re laying it out step-by-step-by-step-by-step (that’s 4 steps to be exact) so you can make sure your favorite pairs stay crispy no matter how much you wear them. A full-fledged guide on cleaning your kicks (because we love you). Let’s get it.

1. Get Your Supplies

You’ve got to get your cleaning materials in order before you begin any sort of cleaning endeavor. Make sure you have a good cleaner, be it Reshoevn8r or Crep, grab both firm and soft bristled brushes for any type of material, and be sure you have a clean towel (preferably microfiber) so you can wipe the kicks clean. You’ll need a few things for when you’re done cleaning too, but we’ll get to that later.

2. Assess The Damage

How messed-up are your shoes? Did you step in mud? Did you spill soda on them? Assessing how dirty/messed up your kicks are is an important step to take so you can formulate a plan of attack for getting them clean. If it’s just light dirt or a stain, it should be easy-breezy. If they’re dirty and trashed, you know you’ll have to put a little extra elbow grease into your work.

3. Clean With A Purpose

Don’t dink around. Clean with a purpose. There’s no need to pick and scrape at your shoes, you’ve gotta get your hands dirty and go for it, especially if your kicks are filthy. Get your brushes soaped up and get the shoe clean. Firm-bristle brushes on leather and rubber, and soft-bristle brushes on anything like suede or nubuck (soft-bristle brushes work better on knit materials like Flyknit too). Don’t use too much water either! You’re not throwing them in the washing machine.

4. Prevent

You’re not done just because you got your kicks clean. Now you’ve gotta take preventive measures so they don’t get dirty again quickly. Make sure you give them a chance to fully dry out before you put them back in the box after your cleaning session, and also spray them with a protectant ( Crep Protect will work wonderfully) to help ensure that they won’t get dirty again.

So there you have it. Cleaning your kicks is a simple process. Don’t get caught in the streets with dirty kicks on. There’s no excuse!

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