Cleaning your Sperry Top-Siders

12 Feb

With winter coming to a close, it is once again that time of year. Time for spring cleaning. This weekend I treated my favorite pair of shoes to a good scrubbing. For me and most of my friends, Sperry Top-Siders are a go to shoe almost daily. What’s great about these show is how versatile they are: dress them up with a sport coat or dress them down with jeans or shorts. And they fit comfortably everywhere from the country club to the boardroom, dockside to barside. But what happens when they have bourbon and Budweiser stains all over them and begin to smell? Follow these steps and reclaim your Sperrys!

1. Brush all large pieces of dirt and grime off.

2. Untie the leather laces and remove insoles (if possible) and give them a good scrubbing using warm water and dish soap.

3. Submerge your Sperrys in warm water. (Yes, submerge them. The shoes were meant to be worn on boats, therefore they were meant to get wet.)

4. Use a scrub brush and some dish soap then proceed to scrub them down. If there are certain stained areas that need more a little more attention, use a cotton ball and nail polish remover to “spot” clean them.

5. Squeeze and shake out all the excess water. Fill from the toe to midsole with newspaper and gently shape the leather to your liking. Set them out to dry in a cool place. Remove the newspaper on day two of drying, replace insoles when both are dry, and set in sun to warm the leather back up.

6. Enjoy your reclaimed Sperrys.

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One Response to “Cleaning your Sperry Top-Siders”

  1. www.youtube.com September 3, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Good day! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate!

    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this
    post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

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