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How to Easily Restore Yellowed Shoes

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

Sole Bright

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

Angeluse Easy Cleaner Kit - Sneaker Cleaner

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

Sole Bright

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

Angelus Mink Oil comes in a Aerosol version for leather conditioning on the go.

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.

Also, don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram and check out our website to pick up the materials you need for your next custom or resto project.

Tools & Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed

A few brushes and some paint might be all it takes to get started on your first customs project, but there are a number of other tools and accessories that can make your life as a shoe artist way easier.

From cleaning products to design accessories, take a look at how these products can help make creating your next pair of customs that much easier.

 Angelus Brush Cleaner

If you want to keep your colors accurate and your brush strokes clean, you need a product to help you keep your brush clean and soft.

Angelus Brush Cleaner makes it easy to keep your brushes and airbrush clean. All you have to do is soak your brush in the cleaner and agitate the bristles to keep your brushes good as new.


There's nothing worse than ruining the deadstock look of your customs with toe creases.

Decreasers make it easy to fill out your shoes during painting to prevent creasing when you're giving your customs that final touch.

Lustre Cream

Even if you take great care of your customs, the colors can fade and dry out over time.

Lustre Cream makes it super easy to restore, clean, and soften smooth leather shoes. A quick application of this stuff will restore your shoes and bring back their original colors.

Angelus 2-Soft

Using paints on soft fabrics can lead to clumping and can make these soft surfaces stiff.

Angelus 2-Soft is absolutely essential when working on soft fabrics, like the sock-liner of a shoe. When heat-set properly, this Fabric Medium will help keep your fabrics nice and soft after being painted.

Angelus Detail Knife

Whether it's for stenciling or just cutting masking tape, having a high-quality detail knife is essential for a good workflow.

The Angelus Detail Knife features a high quality anodized titanium handle, a soft comfort grip, and 6 total precision #2 blades, making it perfect for almost any project.

To check out more of our tools and accessories, visit our online store to find the perfect products for your next project. And don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram to see how you can use these tools to create your own unique customs.

How to Repair Scuffs & Scratches

How to Repair Scuffs and Scratches | Jordan 1 Black Toe Restoration | Angelus Paint

No matter what precautions you take, your customs are bound to get some scuffs and scratches over time.

Fortunately, though, a few scratched aren't the end of the world. With a few useful products, you can restore your customs to like-new condition in no time.

Sal Aceves, AKA @Salthesneakerhead, stopped by the Angelus studio to show you how to easily repair scuffs and scratches, using an old pair of Jordan 1 "Black Toe" beaters as an example.

Keep reading to see how you can mend your damaged customs in just a few simple steps.

Angelus Easy Cleaner

First thing's first, you're going to want to start off by getting those customs nice and clean.

Using the Angelus Easy Cleaner Kit, pour some Easy Cleaner into a bowl, dilute it with a little bit of water, and use a brush to gently scrub your shoes to get rid of any dirt. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away the dirt without damaging the shoe.

Repeat this process as many times as you need to ensure that the entire shoe is completely clean.


Before you start painting, you need to sand down the scuffs to create a smooth surface.

Start with 600-grit sandpaper before moving onto 800-grit. Then, use 3,000-grit sandpaper to finish things off and create a completely smooth finish. This way, the paint will stick to the surface and you won't be able to notice the scuffs through the paint.

Then, use some Leather Preparer and Deglazer to prepare the area before painting.


Now, it's time to start painting.

For this pair of 2016 "Black Toe" 1s, Sal used a mixture of about 60% Red, 10% White, and 30% Varsity Collector Edition.

Of course, if you're painting a different shoe, use a mixture that matches the color of your customs.

Once you get the mixture right, pour the paint into your airbrush to get started. If your paint is thick, use a little bit of 2-Thin as you see fit.

Using your airbrush, apply multiple thin coats of paint to your shoe, allowing each layer to completely dry before moving onto the next.

To fix the scuff, apply a little bit of extra paint over the affected area, and use 3,000-grit sandpaper to work the paint into the scuff.

Touch Ups

After painting, use a Q-Tip to paint over any small scuffs or scratches on the rest of the shoe.

Small scratches don't need to be completely repainted, so this will save you some time and paint without sacrificing the quality of the final product.

Lustre Cream

Next, you can apply some Lustre Cream to help bring out the original color of the shoe. Apply with a microfiber cloth and wipe away any excess with a brush.

Use Neutral Lustre Cream for lighter colors and Black Lustre Cream for any black sections of the shoes.

This will help you avoid having to repaint sections that aren't damaged.

Sole Bright

To restore the quality of your soles, use a brush to apply Sole Bright along the sole. Sole Bright gets rid of any yellow tint that has developed over time.

This product can cause damage to and dry out the leather, so be sure to tape off the upper before applying the Sole Bright.

After applying, wrap your shoes in some saran wrap and set them out in the sun for best results.

Acrylic Finisher

Lastly, Sal used a mixture of Matte Finisher and Duller to protect the paint from scratches and to give the shoes a finished look.

Simply use a brush to apply a layer of the finisher and use a heat gun to set it.

After Photo

That's all there is to it! By following these steps, you can have your customs looking new in no time.

For a more detailed walkthrough, make sure to check out Sal's full tutorial on our YouTube channel, and don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram to see more customs and tutorials like this one.

Re-Glue and Restore Your Soles

Air Jordan 4 Restoration

No matter what you do, your sneakers will eventually take on some damage. That doesn't mean you have to throw them out, though.

When your customs start to fall apart, a little TLC can get them back to like-new condition.

To help show you how to restore your customs, Vesna (@v.lmuth) stopped by the Angelus studio to walk you through the restoration of an old pair of Air Jordan "Tour Yellow" 4s.

Keep reading to see how you can restore your worn-out customs.

Shoe Tree

First, you want to start by using Angelus Shoe Trees to decrease the toe box on your customs. This will also help the shoe keep its shape while you work on it.

After you get the shoe trees in, use the Angelus Easy Cleaner Kit to clean your shoes to get rid of any excess dirt and oil. Easy Cleaner is safe to use on any material, including leather, suede, and more.

Heat Gun

Next, you need to prepare your shoe to be glued. Use a heat gun or a blow dryer to heat the glue, then use a cotton applicator and acetone to remove the glue.

Be careful to not get the acetone anywhere else on the shoe as it can damage certain materials like leather or suede. 

Take your time to make sure you remove all of the old glue to make sure that the sole adheres to the shoe once you apply a new layer of glue.

Masking Tape 

Before you re-glue the sole, you want to use masking tape to protect your shoe's upper. 

Once the tape is in place, use clear shoe cement on the bottom of the upper, midsole, and outsole. Start with a thin layer of glue, wait about 15 to 20 minutes, then apply a second coat.

After you apply the second layer, wait about 30 minutes, use your heat gun to heat up the glue, then clamp the soles together.


After you finish re-gluing your sneakers, you're going to want to get rid of the creases on the toe box.

Just take out the insoles and insert a decreaser to easily restore the toe box to like-new condition.

Mink Oil

Before moving on, you can apply some Angelus Mink Oil to the leather and suede surfaces on your shoes.

This will help protect your customs against water and other damage.

Sole Bright

To restore the color of the soles, use Angelus Sole Bright to reverse the oxidation of your soles and bring back their original color.

Apply a thin layer of the Sole Bright to the soles, cover them up in some clear plastic, and leave the shoes out in the sun for one to six hours. Repeat if necessary. 

Air Jordan "Tour Yellow" 4s

For a more detailed walkthrough and to learn how to repaint your sneakers, check out the full video on our YouTube channel. Also, be sure to check out some of our other great tutorials made by other artists like Vesna.