How to Clean Clear Soles

by Monica Patrick

Clear shoe soles are also known as "icy" soles because when they are new, they have an invisible, shiny look. A big complaint icy sole owners have is yellowing of the soles. As the clear rubber interacts with oxygen on different surfaces, a yellowing oxidation occurs. Unless you plan on stashing the clear soles away as collectibles, they will yellow. You may reduce the amount of yellowing your clear soles have with regular, proactive cleaning and careful wear.

Items you will need

  • Shoe box
  • 3 packs of silica gel
Step 1

Throw away the paper stuffing that came in your clear sole shoe box. The paper encourages oxidation in the shoebox.

Step 2

Replace the paper with two or three packs of silica gel. These gel packs deter yellowing while shoes are stored.

Step 3

Wipe down your shoes with a damp cloth after use. Avoid immersing shoes in water.

Step 4

Place the shoes in their box in a cool, dark area, like a closet.


  • Limit the amount of wear you give your shoes.


  • Avoid getting your shoes wet in ice, rain or water. This will make shoes yellow faster. Don't walk on grass or dirt.

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About the Author

As a former senior sales director with Mary Kay and the co-owner of a renovation company, Monica Patrick has firsthand knowledge of small business operations. Besides start ups, she has extensive skills in recruiting, selling, leadership, makeup artistry and skin care.