So i’ve been wearing converse and vans for over 15 years now, but had never really considered washing them. As a teen and young adult pristinely clean shoes were not popular or needed, so when super bright converse became popular I realized I’d need to figure out how to clean mine.
I watched a few Youtube videos on the subject and they all seemed to have way too many steps and more work than I’d want to do. I thought back to my childhood and remembered that when our sneakers got dirty we’d just toss them in the washing machine. Anyways, I figured what the heck, I’ll toss mine in the washer and see what happens.
I went ahead and grabbed my gray Converse and printed Vans and pulled out the laces. I then tossed them in the washer with some Tide and turned it to a small sized cycle. After the load was finished I went took the shoes out and set them outside in the sun to dry.
I washed the laces with my white laundry. They still have a few stains on them, but I was able to lace the shoes up so that the stains were covered. In these case I was able to still use the same laces, but if they were any worse, (as they most likely will be at the end of summer) I will just go ahead and replace them. These ones on Amazon seem good. Check the length of your laces before ordering so you get the right size.
After the shoes dried I replaced them and they were good to go. I was very happy with how the printed vans turned out. I was worried about the possibility of fading or bleeding but it was great.