Maybe it’s just me, but I think shoe care is a little overlooked, don’t you? Footwear is really important as it protects our feet and literally supports our entire body! Yet for some reason you don’t really hear a lot of people talking about maintaining their shoes. In simplifying my wardrobe and investing in better quality pieces, I am learning the art of caring for clothing and footwear in a more thoughtful way. I decided to get started with a couple of sandals I didn’t think I could mess up!
The few times I have worn these Tevas, they have managed to collect a gross amount of gunk in the grooves of the footbed. Yuck. And in the maaaaaannnny times that I have work my Wiivvs (Now Fit My Foot) custom orthotic sandals, I noted that lately they were kind of starting to … smell? Ick. Between the material, it being summer, and wearing them almost daily it was bound to happen.
Cleaning Teva Sandals
Cleaning the Tevas was simple. I put them in my bathroom sink and got them wet. Then I just used a mild, natural soap and a little scrub brush to get in all the grooves. After I rinsed them of I dried them with a microfiber towel. Good as new!
Cleaning Wiivv (FitMyFoot) Custom Sandals
Cleaning my Wiivv (FitMyFoot) Sandals was similar. I went ahead and wet them, added the soap, lightly scrubbed, rinsed off and dried. As I was drying the straps, though, I noticed these gross little crumbs. I forgot to scrub underneath the strap where quite a build up of sweat (i assume) had soaked in. So I sudsed up again and got it cleaned really food and now they are nice and fresh again! Hooray!
This is the kind of maintenance task that I tend to put off, but in all honesty it only took about 20 minutes start to finish including extra time to snap some pics, and now I actually want to wear the sandals again whereas before I was passing over them because they were in a semi-gross state. Reframing tasks like this as a way to unwind, a way to care for the belongings you have and make them last, rather than just another chore is so beneficial. It actually becomes, dare I say… enjoyable!
I hope you’ll give it a try with some of your shoes that need a little TLC. My next shoe care project will be my Birkenstock’s. The cork needs re-sealed and the footbed needs a scrub down! Stay tuned for how to clean your Birkenstock’s footbed!!
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