How to Clean and Care for Sneakers

If you’ve ever noticed that your well-loved sneakers are bringing down your outfit due to scuffs, dirt, grime or other signs of wear, don’t think about replacing your shoe just yet – it could be time to invest in a shoe cleaning kit! This before and after picture is what my husband’s shoes looked like pre and post treatment of the Jason Mark Shoe Cleaning Essentials Kit. I opted to also replace the laces with new ones, but you could always wash the existing laces if they’re dirty but not worn. While it may sound tedious, the right products make the process nearly effortless with a simple brush-solution scrub down akin to the time it takes to brush one’s teeth. Products like Jason Markk on-the-go quick wipes make the process all the more simple, and protective stain and water-repellent sprays minimize future messes for even easier sneaker care and cleanup.

Sneaker care goes beyond the obvious of keeping your look great head-to-toe; it’s also about maintaining the longevity of your shoe, and extending the resale viability on collectible and high-value shoes. Here you’ll find my list of fantastic sneaker and shoe care products, as well as the top sneaker styles to buy in 2024 for women and men. Shop sneaker care and the sneaker essentials shoe edit below.

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Here’s yet another example of the Jason Markk Cleaning kit on my own shoes. I didn’t get the before shot, but as you can see they look completely refreshed post-clean!

My shoes after cleaning with the Jason Markk Deep Cleaning Solution and brush kit.

Sneaker Care and Cleaning Essentials

The Jason Markk Deep Cleaning Solution is described as a premium cleaning solution safe to use on all colors and materials including leather, suede, nubuck, canvas, vinyl, rubber, cotton mesh, white shoes etc.
The Jason Markk Essential Standard Brush is best suited for tough materials like leather, canvas, rubber, and vinyl. For more delicate materials, The Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaning Brush with softer hog bristles is recommended.
I love the quick wipes for on-the-go treatment ESPECIALLY useful while traveling. The stain repellent spray and leather care kit are great preemptive efforts for the longevity of your sneakers.

HYPEBEAST has a great tutorial for how to clean sneakers with the Jason Markk kit, and can be watched here:

Shop Jason Markk Sneaker Cleaning

Shoe Cleaner Essential Kit
Shoe Cleaner Travel Kit With Wipes
30-Pack Shoe Cleaning Quick Wipes
Premium Gentle Shoe Cleaning Brush
Repel Premium Stain & Water Repellent Spray
4-Piece Leather Care Kit

The Best Women’s Sneakers to Buy in 2024

These are the most popular, trend-forward women’s sneakers to purchase in 2024!

Axel Arigato Orbit Vintage Sneaker
Axel Arigato Area Lo Sneaker
Dolen Pearl Sneakers
Baby Pink Dice-A Sneaker
Tory Burch Good Luck Trainers
Asics Gel-Kayano 14 Sneakers
Paul Green Faye Platform Low Top Sneakers
Originals Sambae sneakers with gum sole in black and white
New Balance 574 Core
GREATS The Royale 2.0
Chuck Taylor All Star Modern Lift Platform Suede
adidas Originals Superstar XLG
On Running Cloudswift 3
On The Roger Centere Court
LOEWE Flow Runner Mix Leather Sneakers
Hoka Bondi 8

The Most Popular Men’s Sneakers to Buy in 2024

These are the trending men’s sneakers stylists and the public alike are raving about. Shop the most popular men’s sneakers below!

Axel Arigato Lo Sneaker
Axel Arigato Area Hi Sneaker
Axel Arigato Lo Sneaker Stitch
Axel Arigato Sky Blue Sneaker
adidas Originals Gazelle Shoes
New Balance 530
Hoka Bondi 8
Men’s GrandPrø Crossover Sneakers
Men’s Couriers Soft Sneaker
THE ROGER Centre Court
ON Running Cloudnova
Chuck 70 Plus
adidas Campus 00s