If you're anything like me, you love a good pair of running shoes. They take you on adventures, help you push your limits, and make you feel like you can conquer the world. But, alas, even the best running shoes eventually succumb to the dirt and grime of everyday life. So, how do we clean our beloved shoes and maintain their original luster? Here are a few tips and tricks to get your shoes looking as good as new.

To Start

remove the laces from your shoes and set them aside. Next, use a shoe brush or an old toothbrush to gently scrub away any dirt or debris that may be clinging to the surface of your shoes. Once you've removed all the surface dirt, it's time to tackle the stains.

For Tough Stains

mix equal parts baking soda and water to create a paste. Rub the paste onto the stained area and let it sit for about 15 minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth. Stubborn stains may require a second application. For scuff marks on the toe of your shoe, try using a magic eraser or toothpaste to rub away the mark.

Once you've removed all the stains, give your shoes a final rinse with clean water and let them air dry. Once they're dry, re-lace your shoes and hit the road!


With a little elbow grease (and some common household supplies), you can easily clean your tennis shoes and extend their life. So get out there and enjoy those miles!