Any tips for de-gunking shoes worn barefoot? Dirt and sweat seem to combine the footbed kinda icky.
Nothing is more disgusting than a woman wearing sandals coated in a thick layer of black goo from all of the sweat, dirt and dead skin cells that accumulate. Especially when they take the shoes off and you can clearly see the outline of their foot imprinted in the filth.
If you spend a good amount of money on your shoes, you want them to look good and you want them to last. So let’s give them a cleaning, shall we?
You will need the following: white vinegar, warm water, an old toothbrush and a dish sponge.
Mix 5 parts water with one part vinegar. Dampen the sponge, but do not soak it. Wipe the insole and straps vigorously. If there are areas that are particularly gunky (under the toes is usually the worst), dampen the toothbrush and give it a scrub. (I use and electric toothbrush, it seems to help.) Then, leave the shoes out to dry overnight.
Obviously, this works best on synthetic materials, leather and fabric. However, you’ll want to test a small area to make sure the vinegar won’t discolor it before you proceed. This will not work on suede. For that you need suede cleaner and a suede brush.
If it’s odor that you’re concerned with, take two black or herbal tea bags and leave them in the shoes overnight. This works especially well with Keds, TOMS, ballet flats and the like. The tea bags absorb dampness and odor. For really smelly shoes, change the bags each day and leave them until the smell is gone.
Any other tips? Share them in the comments.