Rock these summer shoes with shorts, denim—even a suit. (Plus, how to keep them clean.)
Barret Wertz 1 / 16
Now that Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, we are going to start seeing a lot more summer shoes walking around. Barring the flip-flop (which I would like to do anywhere other than the beach or locker room anyway), the most ubiquitous summer shoe is the white sneaker. The white sneaker goes with anything: Pair your Tretorns with a slim chino, your Chuck Taylors with cuffed denim, or your Stan Smiths with a tailored suit. It’s the easiest summer upgrade for any guy.
I already know what you’re thinking… You don’t want your new white shoes to get dirty. Shoes are meant to get a little dirty, but that doesn’t mean they have to get nasty. A scuffed-up white shoe looks good; a white shoe trying to pass as black, does not.
So, instead of just shoving a bunch of white shoes in your face, we are also going to give you some tips and suggestions on how to keep them in a state of suit-to-shorts-and-back-again condition.
A quick fix, requiring just a little patience, is some diluted dish soap and a toothbrush. You can really get into the crevasses of the shoe (on the tongue under the laces, around the toe where it meets the vamp, along sole stitching). All you have to do is add a little dish soap (great for greasy stains) in lukewarm water and your old toothbrush. Maybe set it aside afterwards for the next time.
So, the guys at Jason Markk know what’s up, and that is that dudes don’t want funky shoes all summer long. So they came up with a full on Essential Kit (fluid and a brush) and the fast and easy Quick Wipes Box. I love the kit because it works on any shoe, including leather, suede or canvas. The wipes are easy if you are pulling off the suit-and-sneaker look flawlessly, and want to keep it that way on-the-go.
Cleaning Solution #3: Talcum Powder and a Dry Brush
It never ceases to amaze me how much Talcum powder can really do. It can get soy sauce out of a couch, oil out of your hair, and dirt out of your shoes. This trick is specifically for a quick fix to scuffed up canvas shoes. It just brightens them in a pinch.
Cleaning Solution #4: Nail Polish Remover and Cotton Balls
While your girlfriend is doing her nails, make use of her setup and steal some of that nail polish remover (just make sure it’s CLEAR nail polish remover) and some cottons balls. This is a great trick for grease, tar or even grass stains.
Easily one of the best inventions for white leather sneakers since the shoelace, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is one of my favorite shoe fixes. Give yourself 2 minutes, and it’s as simple and quick as reading the directions on the back. Wet the eraser, wipe off crap, wear white shoes.