Nothing ruins a pair of shoes more than yellow soles. While most people might consider yellowed shoes to be ruined, it's a lot easier than you might think to restore your worn-out kicks.
Let's take a look at how you can restore your yellowed shoes with just a few products.
Why Shoes Turn Yellow
There are a few reasons your white shoes and soles might turn yellow over time, but the main reason is oxidation. In some cases, though, it might be because of something simple like dirt or because you aren't cleaning them correctly.
If your kicks are yellow or are starting to turn, just follow the steps below to restore them to factory condition.
How to Restore Yellowed Shoes
Ready to get started?
Follow these simple steps to get your shoes back to like-new condition.
Grab Your Supplies
Not all cleaning supplies are safe to use on certain shoes and materials. The wrong tools can make your kicks look even worse, or at least won't be effective in restoring your shoes.
If you want to easily and safely restore your shoes, try using the following products:
Once you grab these materials, it's time to get started on the restoration.
Clean the Shoes
This Easy Cleaner Kit has everything you need to clean your shoes and prep them for painting or restoration.
To use it, pour some of the Easy Cleaner into a bowl, dip your brush into the cleaning solution, and scrub your shoes to get rid of any dirt and grim. Afterward, use the microfiber towel to wipe the surface clean.
De-Yellow the Soles
Next, it's time to get rid of that yellow tint. Sole Bright works to remove oxidation and restore yellowed soles and midsoles. Sole Bright is safe for all soles including Glow in the Dark and will not hinder glow properties.
Start by using a brush to apply a light to medium coat of Sole Bright to the oxidized parts of your shoes. Be careful not to let the product get onto unwanted areas. Also, avoid contact with non-rubber materials.
Then, cover the shoes in clear wrap and leave them in the sun for one to six hours (one hour for midsoles, four to six for clear/icy soles). After you remove the clear wrap, you can use a toothbrush and warm water to remove any excess Sole Bright.
Keep in mind, multiple sessions might be necessary to c=completely get rid of any oxidation.
Apply Mink Oil
Mink Oil is a water-proofer and conditioner and can also help protect against stains.
To use it, simply apply a thin layer to the shoe with a few quick sprays. Then, use a clean and dry rag to pat down the shoe. This will help protect your shoe from yellowing once the restoration is complete.
Make sure to check out this tutorial on our YouTube channel for a more detailed walkthrough on how to restore yellowed soles.