White sneakers are the true wardrobe chameleon, working just as well with a formal evening dress as your favourite pair of denim cut-offs. But just because they’re versatile, doesn’t mean they are particularly practical. Sure, they’re comfortable but they’re also well, white.
So we find we’re perpetually avoiding muddy patches and puddles on the sidewalk to preserve our sneakers’ shelf life, before we inevitably give up and buy the exact same pair again, which is frustrating to say the least. But rather than give up on your white kicks so soon, this $2 hack will help prolong their life.
For white leather shoes, a cotton ball soaked in micellar water will help freshen up the majority of the shoe, but it’s often the fabric laces which collect most of the muck.
Try as you might to have washed them (with little success), simply replacing your laces is a pain free, affordable way to completely transform your white kicks.
Of course, you won’t find spare laces in high-end sneaker shops—because that’d stop you from buying a brand new pair of shoes—but places like Lazada or your local cobbler/shoemaker have tonnes. The best part? A new pair of laces will only set you back $2.
The trick? Making sure you opt for the flat lace styles (the rounded design is made for your not-so-cool running shoes).