Due to the Yeezy 350’s being all cloth, they can get very dirty, and I mean very dirty. Especially, if you have the white 350’s.
There are tons of methods online as to how to clean your shoes, so which one is the best one? Well, while some may be better than others, it’s down to what works for you and what doesn’t.
It’s time to make those Yeezy 350’s look fresh!
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Things You Will Need
You will need a couple of things to clean these. I avoid using any concentrated solutions like many of the methods I came across online. It’s not like concentrated solutions will cause visible damage immediately, but they can cause damage overtime.
So, we go with more simple stuff:
- Regular dish soap;
- 20-30 liter container, or a big sink (preferably the one in your backyard);
- Bristle brush;
- Small bowl;
- Running warm water;
- Baking soda (optional);
- Laundry machine (optional).
Step 1 – Remove The Laces
The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the laces from the Yeezy 350’s. To do this, simply start from the top where the laces end, and pull them out of each hole.
Putting them back can be a challenge if you don’t know how to do it, so just make a mental note of how they’re before you take them out.
Once you’ve removed them, fill a small bowl with warm water and a bit of dish soap. Stir it up and put the laces in it. Lay the laces flat on a table and grab a toothbrush with some dish soap on it. Start scrubbing the laces while they’re flat, and make sure to cover all of the sides.
Do this as many times as necessary, and relubricate the toothbrush often from the bowl. Once you’re done, put them to the side to air dry.
Step 2 – Cleaning The Yeezy 350s
Remove the insoles first.
Grab a bigger container and fill it up with warm water. You can also use a sink for this step. All you need to do is submerge the Yeezy 350’s in warm water.
Now, get the bristle brush and put some dish soap on it and soak it in water. Start scrubbing the Yeezy 350’s from the top down and regularly lubricate the bristle brush with water and some dish soap. Go in straight motions from the top down, except for persistent stains for which you can use circular motions.
Keep scrubbing the shoes with moderate force until you’re somewhat satisfied with the results. Then, run the shoes under warm water (preferably), and check the results.
If you see minor imperfections or staining, put dish soap directly to the affected area and scrub again.
Once they’re in a cleaner state, you can move on to the next step.
Step 3 – Laundry Machine (Optional)
This is purely optional, but if you want to take it to the next step and really make your shoes shine, dump them into the washing machine.
BUT be careful with this step because laundry machines are the common culprits for destroying shoes. Use a MILD liquid detergent, and put them on a cold and delicate cycle.
After it has completed its cycle, remove the shoes and allow them to AIR DRY. Preferably in a spot where there isn’t direct sunlight nor subzero temperatures, with adequate airflow. Avoid using the dryer at all costs, it has a pretty good chance of damaging your Yeezy 350’s.
This is what most shoe manufacturers recommend, if you’re inclined to run your shoes in the laundry machine, even sustainable shoe manufacturers like Allbirds.
Once they’ve airdried, you can even take it a step further with Step 5.
Step 4 – Put Them Back Together
After drying off everything, it’s time to put the shoes back together. Start with putting in the insoles just because there’s less restriction with the laces off.
Then, put the laces back in, the same way they were before. OR, you can also try new ways of doing this, some lace designs are very creative.
Step 5 – Baking Soda (Optional)
If you’ve been dealing with smelly shoes before, you’d know that a laundry machine won’t just eradicate the smell, but kind of mask it off. You can skip this part if you don’t have any issues with smelly shoes.
But if you do, once the Yeezy 350 are fully dry, sprinkle some baking soda on the insoles. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer. Leave them overnight for the best results, and repeat as much as it is necessary.
It goes without saying: Remove the baking soda from the shoes once you’re ready to wear them.
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