How To: Keep Your Shoes Clean

                           Jason Markk's flag ship store professional cleaning in Los Angeles

                           Jason Markk's flag ship store professional cleaning in Los Angeles

In love with that one pair of shoes you snagged for a steal? Spiritually invested in your oxfords or double-monks (the pair that got you through that life-changing interview)? Or do you just want to keep your white shoes clean?

At Kipper, we’re all about keeping things in tip-top shape, and we firmly believe in learning about how to take care of your belongings, so that they can last you twice as long.

Here’s a few kits to invest in when cleaning your shoes:

    Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaner Kit // Focus: The best kit for an under $20 budget!

    Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaner Kit // Focus: The best kit for an under $20 budget!

                                Jason Markk Quick Wipes // Focus: Perfect for on the go cleaning.

                                Jason Markk Quick Wipes // Focus: Perfect for on the go cleaning.

 Jason Markk Repel Spray // Focus: This repellant will make water and stains slide right off!

 Jason Markk Repel Spray // Focus: This repellant will make water and stains slide right off!

1.) Cleaning Your White Sneakers -- Snag a starter, cleaning kit from Jason Markk because this kit is no joke! It will make your white leather and even canvas shoes brand-spanking new, again. The kit makes it easy, and you’ll be glad you made such an affordable and worthy purchase. All the sneaker-heads out there will vouch for us!

Simply take the wooden brush, apply some of the premium liquid shoe cleaner, dip it in water, and scrub! Scrub around the sole, on the tongue of the shoe, and even slightly beneath the heel! Finally, wipe away all the dirt and grime and your shoe is good as new.

If you’re on the go, use Jason and Mark Quick Wipes and Repel Sneaker Spray (this repel makes water and stains bounce right off your shoe!) to forget about all the fuss.

                        Focus: Remember to use the polish to give your leathers a true finish!

                        Focus: Remember to use the polish to give your leathers a true finish!

   Allen Edmonds Leather Cleaning Kit // Focus: Complete with two kinds of shoe polish!

   Allen Edmonds Leather Cleaning Kit // Focus: Complete with two kinds of shoe polish!

2.) Cleaning your Leather Double Monks, Oxfords, and etc. -- The best type of kits, like the one provided by Allen Edmonds, will come complete with brushes and polish for your leathers. Our favorite kits, are the ones that come with both black and brown polish, perfect for even your most dapper shoe collectors.

First, brush off the dirt and grime on your shoes with the brush in the kit. Next, wipe your leathers with a damp cloth and let it dry. Then, pick the appropriate polish and have at it! Black polish for your blacks, and brown polish for your browns. Remember, always let your shoes rest before applying the next coat of polish!

Use Jason and Markk Repel Sneaker Spray for your leathers too! Why not? We swear by it.

                                     Focus: The eraser is your best tool for suedes, utilize it!

                                     Focus: The eraser is your best tool for suedes, utilize it!

           Jason Markk Suede Kit // Focus: Complete with everything you need, and that's it.

           Jason Markk Suede Kit // Focus: Complete with everything you need, and that's it.

3.) Cleaning your Suede Everythings! -- There are kits made just for suede shoes and, we’ll be honest, we have more than a few of those too. But our favorite still has to be the very simple, and cost-efficient suede cleaning kit from Jason and Markk! Many other companies will say that there is more to cleaning suede than a brush and eraser, but take our word for it… All you really need is a brush and eraser.

Take your brush and swipe your suede shoes clean to lift all the dirt and dust. Then, take your eraser, and rub it on the marks and scratches until they disappear. It’s that easy.

Need more guidance on what is best for your shoes, or want us to curate these items for you? E-mail us here for more help! Looking for shoes? Check out our other blogs on sneakers and even custom made shoes from Kipper!

 

Hoisum Nguyen

Berkeley, CA