Have you ever bought a pair of white canvas shoes, so impressed with how white and bright they were, only to scuff them on your first wear? Or have you ever, despite your better judgment, bought your child a pair of new white running shoes after they swore to you that they will indeed take care of their fresh new kicks, only to learn that they, in fact, did not take care of their fresh new kicks? We've all been there before with a pair of beloved white shoes that we are desperate to clean, but most of us have never been able to truly get all the scuff marks and dirt out, until now.
A Texas nursing student who goes by the Twitter username @sarahtraceyy posted a side by side picture of her very well worn white Converse on her Twitter page before and after cleaning. The "before" picture looks like every pair of well-loved white canvas shoes but the "after" picture is what is amazing people, and Twitter users are eager to know what kind of sorcery Sarah used to get her shoes so bright and sparkling white! Even she captioned the photo with "I am a miracle worker." The shoes look so white they could be brand new, and people want to know "how?"
Let's face it, people have tried a number of ways to get the dirt off their white shoes, and they rarely look like Sarah's. The Converse website suggests cleaning your Converse with a mixture of lukewarm water and mild soap, yet we know that will never turn your shoes from Sarah's "before" picture to her "after". People on Twitter were mesmerized and needed to know what Sarah did to clean her shoes so thoroughly. Sarah took to Twitter to explain her shoe cleaning method. "ok rinse shoes, mix 1:1.5 of baking soda & detergent, scrub w toothbrush, let it sit for a while, rinse, put in washer, baby powder/dry."
ok rinse shoes, mix 1:1.5 of baking soda & detergent, scrub w toothbrush, let it sit for a while, rinse, put in washer, baby powder/dry🌞 https://t.co/D5Skp5ha3x— 𝕔𝕒𝕥 𝕞𝕠𝕞 (@sarahtraceyy) October 15, 2017
Many people replied thanking Sarah for her service and shared their own results of using her cleaning trick, but others suggested that Chucks should look worn in and that she should embrace the dirt and scuffs instead of trying to get rid of them. Converse, it seems, agrees with that. “We’re all for cleaning and taking care of favorite garments, but there’s something special about a pair of well-worn, well-loved, lived in Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars,” a spokeswoman told The Huffington Post. “The iconic sneaker seems to get better the more worn it is: the more interesting it becomes, displaying a lifetime of memories and stories. ...Some things just get cooler with age.”
“That’s the beauty of Chuck,” the spokeswoman added. “They really become part of your story and don’t need to be kept pristine. They’re meant to be lived in.”
Sarah's reason for cleaning her shoes was pretty simple. When someone asked why she didn't simply buy a new pair of clean shoes she responded, "I’m in college I don’t have $60 just laying around."
Whether you like your Chuck's pristine or not, Sarah's shoe cleaning trick is definitely one to keep handy, especially if your kids love white shoes, but not keeping their white shoes clean.