Des Pas pour Durer : Guide d'Entretien de Vos Lacets de Sneakers

Steps to Last : Guide to Maintaining Your Sneakers Laces

 

Sneakers are more than just a pair of shoes. And RADAR is much more than a store, because we support you in the maintenance of your favorite sneakers, right down to the laces. Your shoes are an extension of your personality, a statement of style and attitude. And what better way to accentuate the unique character of your sneakers than neat and maintained laces? Often overlooked, laces play a crucial role in the overall look of your shoes. In this article, we'll walk you through the simple yet effective steps to maintain your sneaker laces and make them look fresh and neat.

1. Prevention first

The first step to keeping your shoelaces in good condition is to prevent damage. When lacing your sneakers, be careful not to force the laces or tighten them too much. Use smooth, even strokes to avoid overstretching or twisting them.

2. Remove the laces

Before beginning the maintenance process, carefully remove the laces from your sneakers. This will allow you to access the full length of the shoelace for thorough cleaning.

3. Hand cleaning (recommended)

The gentlest and most effective way to clean your laces is to do it by hand. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Soak the shoelaces for about 15-20 minutes. Then scrub gently with a soft toothbrush to remove dirt and stains. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.

4. Machine wash (if needed)

If your shoelaces are particularly dirty, you might consider machine washing them. Place them in a laundry bag or pillowcase to prevent them from getting tangled with other clothes. Use a gentle cycle with cold water and mild detergent. Make sure the tips of the laces are well protected to prevent them from getting caught or damaged in the drum of the machine.

5. Drying

After cleaning, gently squeeze excess water from the laces by gently squeezing them with a clean towel. Avoid twisting or kinking the laces as this may damage the fibers. Then, hang them in a well-ventilated place, away from direct sunlight. Avoid using a dryer, as the heat can damage the materials of the laces.

6. Ironing (if necessary)

If your shoelaces are made of cotton and tend to wrinkle, you may consider ironing them at a low temperature. Use a thin cloth to protect them and run the iron gently over the laces to smooth them.

 

7. BEWARE OF PARTICULAR LACES

For more elaborate pairs of laces, do not hesitate to ask the supplier to find out how to treat more specific materials, because if you are dealing with velvet, leather or other, the washing can be particular.


Taking care of your sneaker laces doesn't take a lot of effort, but it can make all the difference in appearance and longevity. By following these simple maintenance steps, you can keep your shoelaces in top condition and ensure that every step you take with your sneakers is a step towards impeccable style. So, don't underestimate the power of a well-maintained shoelace – it's the perfect finishing touch for your favorite shoes.

 

For more advice go to 4 rue Macé, Cannes at RADAR.

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