The athleisure trend isn’t going anywhere and sneakers are great for running errands or trawling the mall. Here’s how to make sure your kicks stay fresh and clean…

Whether you’re a ‘sneaker head’ or not, you can’t deny that having a really cute pair of sneakers around is always a good idea.

Cleaning sneakers seems like a chore but it’s actually really easy. In fact, the minute you see a stain or mark, you should clean them immediately.

Sneakers get dirty way too quickly for our liking, but they can be cleaned quickly too. Whether they’re white or another colour here’s how to clean your sneakers:

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How to clean sneaker laces

Dark coloured laces can be easily tossed into the washing machine. Put them inside a sock so they don’t end up getting stuck in the back of the machine.

White laces need to be handwashed. Use warm water and gentle soap and let them air-dry.

Get rid of odours

Bicarbonate of soda is the key to getting rid of any weird smells. Just keep your sneakers in an enclosed box and douse them with powder. Wash lightly afterwards.

Simple stains

If you stain your shoes while out, use gentle shoe shampoo, warm water and a toothbrush or rag to gently wipe the stain.

After the wash

To help your sneakers dry faster, put crumpled-up paper towels inside the shoes. They’ll absorb excess moisture and help the shoes dry more rapidly.

If all else fails and you can’t get a stain out, you can cover up marks on your white sneakers with white nail polish to mask any permanent stains on white shoes

How to clean white sneakers

Whatever you do, never use bleach on your white sneakers. Rather use shoe shampoo or a spot of dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth. Use a toothbrush and warm water to get to hard-to-reach spots, but scrub gently.

If all else fails and you can’t get a stain out, you can cover up marks on your white sneakers with white nail polish to mask any permanent stains on white shoes.

Once your sneakers are washed, make sure not to leave them outside. UV exposure can lead to fading and unwanted discoloration. Treat them well and store them in a cool, dark place when they’re not being worn.

Now that you know how to keep them clean, here are some of our favourite sneakers in stores at the moment.

White sneakers R399

Glittery sneakers R399

Black sneakers R399

All sneakers from Superbalist.