How to Protect New White Tennis Shoes

by Matt McKinney ; Updated September 28, 2017

Without proper care, white tennis shoes are destined for scuffs and dirt from the moment you take them from the box.

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White tennis shoes are an important part of nearly any shoe collection. They're simple, stylish and go with nearly anything. But as any white shoe owner can attest, they have one critical flaw -- they stain easily. Once that happens, they lose a great deal of the value that made them attractive in the first place. Stains are bad, but having to constantly purchase new shoes is impractical. So what's a shoe owner to do? Luckily, there are a number of preventative measures to help keep your tennis shoes clean and your feet happy.

Stay out of dirt, puddles or anything else that stands to harm your shoes. Wear a different pair of tennis shoes on rainy days. The best way to protect your shoes is to keep them out of muck in the first place.

Apply a waterproof sealant to the surface of the shoes. Use multiple coats for additional protection. Waterproofing solutions create a protective layer over the shoe's material to prevent stains.

Apply a shoe cleaning solution to your shoes. Use a tooth brush or nail brush to scrub solution into dirty areas on the shoe. Dry shoes with a rag or towel.

Place shoes in a pillow case then secure using safety pins. Fill the machine with cold water, add detergent and wash the shoes on a normal cycle. Allow shoes to air dry.


  • Keep a spare pair of laces on hand to give your shoes a fresher look.

    Stuff newspaper in shoes when air-drying to ensure they maintain their shape.

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About the Author

Matt McKinney has written professionally since 2008. His work has appeared in publications such as "The Knox Student" and "Diminished Capacity," his campus literary journal. McKinney is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing at Knox College.