How to Care for your Converse

Last Updated on December 29, 2017 by Ellen Christian

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I love shoes (if you haven’t figured that out yet). If you look in my closet, you’ll see everything from athletic shoes to heels to cowboy boots. While I love to shop, I’m trying to take care of what I have to make it last longer. Since I have several pairs of Converse shoes that have a bit of wear, I decided to learn how to care for your Converse.

How to care for your Converse

How to Care for your Converse

Converse shoes have almost a cult following. One of the first pair of shoes I bought my daughter when she started to walk was a pair of Converse. I have several myself – low and high – that I love to wear with my jeans. They’re super comfortable and they never go out of style. I’ve even seen them worn to weddings and formal events!

Because a real pair of (affiliate) Converse is on the pricey side, it’s important to take care of them so it lasts as long as possible. Eventually, you will wear them out but with proper care, they can last for years.

  • Wear a quality pair of socks. Wearing good socks will help keep moisture and odor away from your Converse shoes. Choose a good quality sock that will help absorb perspiration.
  • Store them properly. When you’re not wearing your shoes, store them in a well ventilated area with the tongue out and laces slightly loosened to allow air into the shoes. Do not store them in the box.
  • Spot clean the soles. The soles of your Converse will likely show wear first. You can spot clean them with a toothbrush dipped in a bit of dish soap. I have also had very good luck using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove scuff marks.
  • Clean the fabric portion carefully. When the fabric portion of your Converse needs to be cleaned, you can toss them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with items of similar colors. You can wash on the gentle cycle in cold water. Be cautious with this method as it can result in fading.
  • Spot clean the fabric. If you’re hesitant to toss your Converse in the washing machine, you can spot clean them using a bit of gentle laundry detergent and a toothbrush.
  • Do not toss in the dryer. Set your Converse in a warm place with a breeze and allow to dry. The heat from the dryer can cause the rubber to separate from the shoe.

How do you care for your Converse to keep them looking good?

How to care for your Converse

12 thoughts on “How to Care for your Converse”

  1. I recently purchased high tops for my daughter’s hip hop class. I am jealous and want a pair for myself. Thanks for the care tips. I love your Converse. I am thinking about a pink pair.

  2. I used to wear converse for 4 years playing basketball.  I so agree on washing them, I think they actually get more cool looking overtime.  I did dry mine, but just not all the way.  Drying made the canvass look more new and less rumpled. 

  3. I used to have a pair way back. My brother lives in them. Thanks for all of the great tips. Now I think I need a new pair!

  4. I love the look of Converse but have never actually owned a pair. I have other canvas shoes though, and these are great tips! I wouldn’t have thought of throwing shoes in the washer.

  5. My husband wore his black Converse shoes when he gave our daughter away at her wedding. All the girls thought it was so cute.

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