In the realm of Sneakerdom, no shoes have managed to come so far yet stay so true to their spirit as Vans. In the past 50 years, the thick-soled kicks have gone from the signature shoe of California skaters to the preference of every guitarist in a pop-punk band to the perfect high-low staple of street style stars rocking them front row at Fashion Week. But through all their iterations and hypebeast-approved designer collabs, the coveted sneakers have always maintained their cool kid status and sense of rebelliousness. We mean, when a shoe’s motto is literally “Off The Wall,” they’re practically begging to see some excitement, whether you’re wearing them to kick-flip or kickback.
Unfortunately, with getting down comes getting dirty. When your favorite pair of Vans has gone from worn-in to straight-up scruffy, here’s how to get them looking good as new (so you can start to get them dirty all over again).
DOs & DONTs
DO take into consideration what material your Vans are made of before attempting to scrub them clean - canvas, leather, and suede all require slightly different methods and materials!
DON’T just throw them in the washing machine. Even in a mesh delicates bag or pillowcase, the shoes risk getting damaged and/or losing their shape during a spin cycle, so we recommend rolling up your sleeves and always deep-cleaning by hand.