I normally throw my running shoes in the washer with my towels,Â I stuff the laces in the shoes and then air dry in my laundry room (which warmerÂ than anywhere else in my house).Â I know most don’t recommend this because they say it shortens the life of the shoes.Â However my theory is myÂ quality of life if not my life itself will be shorter if I have hand wash my or my kids shoes.Â I even recently washed my sons Nike hi-tops in the wash with great success.Â
If you want to try by hand if you have the time or inclination use a soft brush and use some of the tips listed below:
Prepare a solution of water and a neutral cleaner (such as liquid dish-washing detergent or use laundry soap and water mixture).
Remove laces and inserts and rinse the shoes with water inside and out.
Use a soft brush and the cleaning solution to scrub every part of both shoes, including liners and insoles.
Remove scuff marks with a white nylon-backed scrub pad.
Rinse the shoes thoroughly with water.
Stuff the shoes with paper (not newspaper the ink will run and make a mess) to absorb excess water and to help the shoes keep their shape. Allow them to drip-dry.
Wash the laces in a load of laundry. Allow the inserts to air out, and apply baking soda to them if they’re smelly.
Replace the inserts and laces after the shoes dry completely.
Apply white cream shoe polish to white leather and black polish to black leather parts.