There’s something unique about a fresh pair of shoes straight out of the box. From that new shoe smell to the perfect look—we all love getting brand new shoes. Of course, the more you wear your favorite pair, you have to understand that a little dirt or grime will show up occasionally. Or if you’re unfortunate, you’ll accidentally step in mud—or something far worse!
And if we’re talking about kids—all bets are off when it comes to keeping anything they wear in good condition.
Luckily, we have some tips to help keep your Skechers in the best shape possible. With great care, you can extend the life and look of your favorite pair.
Never machine wash light-up shoes—or any shoes that have any form of electronics attached to them. The batteries and wires don’t fare well being fully dunked in water! For regular non-leather sneakers, first, try to hand wash the shoes with cold water using a wet cloth with a strong detergent.
The majority of non-leather casual shoes can be machine washed safely, if needed, on a gentle cycle and air-dried. Apply a protectant such as Skechers Water Proofer Spray to protect the shoes from water and stains. For shoes with Skechers Memory Foam insoles, let the shoes and insoles to air dry for 10 to 12 hours to guarantee the insoles are fully dry.
Machine washing Skechers GOwalk and Skechers GOrun shoes is not recommended by us. You can begin by removing dirt from the upper and outsole by applying a small brush or towel onto the shoe. Then create a soapy mixture by combining warm water and a little amount (only a few drops) of laundry detergent. Finally, dunk the brush or cloth into the soapy mixture. Wipe down the bad areas. Then, apply a little amount of clean, warm water with the brush or cloth and brush/wipe off the excess soap. Make sure that you allow the shoes to air dry.
Apply a protector such as Skechers Water Proofer Spray to protect the shoes from water and stains before wearing in damp conditions. Use a leather cleaning lotion or spray such as Skechers Athletic Cleanser to clean the shoes. Then, apply a leather lotion or oil regularly to maintain the leather quality. Never machine wash leather shoes.
For smooth leather, the shoes will require cleaning and care with shoe creams or polishes. Select a neutral shade or a color closest to the color of the shoes. Then, remove all the dust with a damp cloth. Never polish damp shoes.
For scuff resistant leather, remove small scuffs by simply rubbing them with your hand. The natural oil in your hand restores the original look of the leather. For deeper scrapes and scuffs, use a soft and neutral polish. This allows for moisturizing and replenishing of the natural oil found in the leather, leaving a shiny coating that will prolong and keep the wear of the leather.
Suede Or Nubuck Shoes
Apply a protectant such as Skechers Water Proofer Spray to protect the shoes from water and stains before wearing in damp conditions. Never machine wash suede or nubuck shoes. When shoes are dried, brush them with a dry rubber sponge or soft brush to destroy any clinging dirt. Regular use of a soft brush will keep the nap of the suede free from dust. Stubborn stains should be removed with stain removers that are suitable for the suede or nubuck material.
Machine washing light-up shoes is not recommended as it may damage the lights. Clean with strong soap, warm water, and a gentle cloth.
Drying Wet Shoes
Never put wet shoes in a clothes dryer or near a heat source—this includes anything that would force dry your shoes like a radiator, tumble dryer, fireplace, hairdryer or any other source of direct heat. The heat source may melt or otherwise destroy your shoes. You should allow your shoes to dry naturally at room temperature. Stuff the shoes with paper and let them air dry. Use a shoetree to help your shoes maintain their shape when not in use.
Getting Rid Of Odor
Apply a deodorizing product such as Skechers Odor Eliminator Spray to keep shoes fresh and odor-free. This spray is exactly formulated to deodorize and freshen Skechers footwear.
Another effective solution to this issue is Baking Soda or Activated Charcoal (which can be found at most pet stores that sell fish tank/aquarium items). Simply put the powder of your choice in a bag, set your shoes on top of the powder, tie up the bag and let the shoes sit in the bag for 2 to 3 days.