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Thursday Tips: How To Clean Your White Kicks

White shoes go with anything. But one scuff mark and they look old. 
Luckily, just because your shoes got a little dirty doesn’t mean you have to light them on fire and toss them in the trash. Here are 8 ways to clean your all-white shoes.


Use a Pencil Eraser

Just like when we make mistakes on paper, pencil erasers work great on shoes. The eraser will pull dirt and scuffs out of a rubber soul, and believe it or not, works wonders on suede. The gentle friction pulls the dirt out of the suede, as well as “fluffs” it to make it look like new again.


Wash Them in a Washing Machine

This remedy is fairly well known by now, but until you try it, it sounds like a great way to ruin a home appliance. For those of you whose still haven’t put them in, believe us, it works really, really well. Take the laces and insoles out of your shoes, then toss the laces and the shoes inside a washing bag together. Set it to Hot/Cold, and wash using detergent or bleach (or a healthy mix of both). When they’re done washing, let them air dry, and then voila—good as new!


Harness the Power of the Sun (And Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda)

This method takes a little elbow grease and involves some wait time, but it’s one of the more magical methods we know. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda, a half tablespoon of water, and a half tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide together in a bowl until it becomes somewhat pasty. With a soft-bristled toothbrush, thoroughly scrub the mix onto every inch of the affected shoes—really get in there good. After that, paste on a second solid layer, and then leave the shoes in direct sunlight for three to four hours. Come back, smack them together to beat the caked-on paste off of them, and you should be left with shoes that look brand-spankin’ new. Fuck yeah, science!


Use WD-40 to Loosen Up Stuck-On Gunk

If you have stuck-on gunk on some spendy leather shoes, this method works wonders—if you’re careful. Essentially, the solvents and chemicals in WD-40 break down oil-based products, paints, and other potentially shoe-ruining things. Just a quick word to the wise: When removing things like tar or other stuck-on gunk, use WD-40 (or other solvent) sparingly. Last thing you want to do is turn it into a big diluted smudge mark. For instance, if you managed to get some fresh blacktop tar on your Jordans, this should be fine. If you got some tar on your Italian leather loafers, use JUST enough to break down the debris, and then gently wipe it away with a cloth. WD-40 is a mineral oil, so there is a risk of staining softer leathers. Be smart, here.


Good Old-Fashioned Soap and Water

You’d be surprised what a little warm water, soap, and a stiff brush can accomplish with the right amount of elbow grease. Dish detergent is better than hand soap or bar soap because it has more surfactants (detergent molecules) in it. That means it’ll break down dirt, grease, and whatever else you managed to get on your shoe better than regular soap. You can scrub thoroughly with warm water, detergent soap, and a washcloth first, and then use a stiff brush to dig in and get the rest. (photo cred. Courtney’s Craftin&Cookin)


Use Vaseline to Not Just Clean, But Condition Your Leather Shoes

This should be common sense to most people, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned in life, it’s that’s what is common sense to us might be a life-changing revelation to others. So, let us be loud and clear here—DO NOT USE VASELINE ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN LEATHER. Anyway, now that we got that out of the way, petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) is a classic way to clean dirt, debris, and scuffs out of leather, while also conditioning and preserving it. A small dab of Vaseline, gently rubbed into the surface of your leather shoes, will not only remove superficial scratches, scuff marks, and dirt, but will also soften and condition your leather and prevent it from cracking in the future! Leather is skin, after all. (photo cred. Courtney’s Craftin&Cookin)


Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and a Little Dish Soap

When you think of Mr. Clean, you typically think of the weird-looking bald-headed fellow who runs around cleaning kitchens or stands around looking like a magic genie. Well, one of his products, the Magic Eraser, is an absolute must-have in shoe cleaning. The magic eraser is simple—wet it and start scrubbing. That’s it. The microscrubbers help lift the dirt out of all the small cracks and crevices, and if you need any extra help digging into leather or canvas, you can get the “Extra Durable” version, or the “Foaming Kitchen Scrubber” one. And if worse comes to worst, a little dish detergent will help drastically. We know it sounds a little far-fetched, but these things will get pizza sauce out of your white canvas shoes—100 percent.


Send Stains to Minty-Fresh Hell with Toothpaste

No, we’re not bullshitting you. Toothpaste works surprisingly well as a shoe cleaner. The only thing to keep in mind her is that it can’t be a fancy new-age gel paste. Standard Colgate works well—even the green spearmint stuff. Dampen a wash cloth and wet the shoe surface. Try to get as much of the dirt and debris off as possible. Then, with an old—or new—toothbrush, take some toothpaste and scrub vigorously. Every now and again, wash the brush off and scrub things with just the wet brush. It’ll take some time, as the toothpaste will need to “get friendly” with the fabric/rubber/leather, but after a thorough scrub and rinse, your kicks should look damn near brand new again.


Renovation Wednesdays: Abandoned Coastal Home Gets High Tech Makeover - 9/14 Edition

This 5,000 sqft home located just outside Barcelona was recently an abandoned shell of its former self. Until an expansive renovation turned it into a spectacular modern home.

The living room area has large windows that allow the house can be completely opened to the outside, without barriers to the landscape. The kitchen, spacious and functional is equipped with the latest technologies and high quality cooking equipment.

The magnificent porch becomes a chill out area with LED lighting color therapy, changing according the moods of the owners. The amazing white infinity pool are linked with the house and is also able to change the color of its waters.

The renovation create a new wonderful terrace in each bedroom, replacing the old roof. The master suite has an own spacious dressing area and an elegant bathroom-spa with a stunning terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

The basement has two park lots, a gym, some storage rooms and a large spa area where you can forget the outside world. The inside pool arising from the floor combines the relaxing sound of the waterfall with chromotherapy lights.

Original Home:

via Home Adore | Photos by David Jiménez


Wear It Like: Young Thug - Tuesday 9/13 Edition

1. Kenzo Five Pocket Jeans @ Matches
2. Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG @ FightClub
3. Julius Layered Blazer @ farfetch
4. Thom Brown Round Frame Acetate @ Mr Porter
5. Loro Piana Cashmere Baseball Cap @ Mr Porter
Sounds: Deep Down by Josh Gabriel @ Amazon


Wear It Like: Young Thug - Monday 9/12 Edition

1. John Elliott Cast 2 Distressed Denim @ Mr Porter
2. Comme des Garçonnes Mesh Floral Tee @ SSENSE
3. Rag & Bone Standard Issue Denim Jacket @ Mr Porter
4. Saint Laurent Distressed Court Classic Sneakers @ SSENSE
Sounds: You Don't Miss Your Water by Otis Redding @ Amazon


Wear It Like: The Weeknd - Thursday 9/8 Edition

1. A.P.C. Standard Slim Leg Jeans @ Matches
2. Rag & Bone Manston Satin Bomber Jacket @ Mr Porter
3. Maison Kitsune Printed Jersey Tee @ Mr Porter
4. ETQ Amsterdam Black Low 4 Sneakers @ SSENSE
Sounds: A Case For Shame by Moby @ Amazon


Wear It Like: The Weeknd - Wednesday 9/7 Edition

1. Knapp Black Peak Lapel Blazer @ Reiss
2. Knapp Black Tailored Trousers @ Reiss
3. Prada 4cm Herringbone Silk and Wool Blend Tie @ Mr Porter
4. Alberto Fasciani Derbies @ farfetch
5. Lennox White Dress Shirt @ Sir Jack's
6. Le Gramme Brushed Stirling Silver Ring @ Mr Porter
Sounds: Melt by Duke Dumont @ Amazon


Wear It Like: The Weeknd - Tuesday 9/6 Edition

1. Kenzo Five Pocket Jean @ Matches
2. Saint Laurent Floral Print Jersey Tee @ Mr Porter
3. Icon Brand Gold Geometric Necklace @ ASOS
4. Cana Goose Fox Shearling Bomber Jacket @ Mr Porter
5. Maison Margiela Gold Rust Band @ SSENSE
6. Saint laurent White Court Classic Mid-Top @ SSENSE
Sounds: Needed Me by Rihanna @ Amazon


Wear It Like: Rob Lowe - Thursday 9/1 Edition

1. Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Polo @ Matches
2. Nudie Lean Organic Jeans @ Mr Porter
3. Valextra Leather Grain Bracelet @ Mr Porter
4. Miansai Braided Leather Bracelet @ Mr Porter
5. Saint Laurent Black and Red Classic Court Sneakers @ SSENSE