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Cleaning and Freshening Your Shoes

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Spring is always a good time for a fresh perspective on things. The Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven has just that in its new exhibitions by artist Laura Barr and photographer Penrhyn E. Cook. They might not be as poignant, but your shoes could probably use a fresh look, too. Now is a great time for shoe cleaning—inside and out—and there are different ways to go about it.

If you want to go the convenience route, look no further than your washing machine for tennis shoes. Before throwing them in, make sure to pull out the laces and brush any excess dirt off the edges and soles of the shoes. No sense having that go inside your machine. Place the shoes and laces inside a pillowcase and add to the washer with some old towels to help soften the tumbling within. Add detergent as usual, but also a cup of vinegar for disinfecting and reducing shoe odor. Use warm water unless your shoes are colored black; that’s when you go cold instead.

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If you’d prefer to clean your shoes with a more delicate washing by hand, once again brush off excess dirt on the outside. Then mix water and a small amount of detergent so it becomes soapy. Apply a small amount of the mix to a sponge, cloth, or soft brush to clean, then wipe off with another cloth and plain warm water. You can clean the insides of your shoes the same way, removing the insoles to get at them more easily.

Dry your shoes at room temperature. Don’t leave them out in the sun to dry, as it might excessively dry out and crack them. If washing doesn’t help with the odor in your shoes, it might be time to replace your insoles.

If you’re having problems with foot pain, or are suffering from foot odor or fungal infection, your shoes might bear some of the blame! Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery can help you discover the source of your problem and provide the treatments to get your feet back to a healthy state. Our two area offices are ready to hear from you. Call (203) 876-7736 for Milford or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 30 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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