How to Clean Scuff Marks on an Icy Sole

by Brandon Getty ; Updated September 28, 2017

Clean up the "icy" soles on your basketball shoes.

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"Icy" soles can be found on many limited-edition sneaker models from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Made from a clear or translucent white rubber, the soles look hip and unique without compromising grip while balling on the court. Though many collectors and icy sole enthusiasts prefer to store their sneakers to protect them from oxidation and scuffing, others wear them proudly. If you have a few stray scuff marks on your icy soles, buffing them out is quick and simple to do.

Make a paste of baking soda and warm water in a small bowl. Dip a corner of a microfiber cloth into the paste and rub each sole clean of dirt, oil and other residue. This will make identifying each individual scuff mark easier.

Dampen a soft cloth and wipe away the baking soda paste.

Moisten a foam magic eraser with water and rub each scuff mark, applying firm pressure in a circular motion. Re-moisten the pad or replace it as needed.

Wipe each sole completely dry with a soft cloth. Ensure that no moisture remains on the sole as this may contribute to yellowing or erosion of the rubber.


  • Foam erasers, usually marketed as wall or scuff mark erasers, can be found in the cleaning aisle at your local grocery store.

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Brandon Getty began writing professionally in 2008, with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in Stockton, Calif.