The suede Air Max 1 is pretty much a staple in most sneakerhead’s collections, while also being mainstream enough to trickle into the closets of any sneaker lover. Often when people hear suede they are concerned that it is impossible to clean. However, with the correct tools and tips, your favorite pair will be soft and sparkling again in no time!
- Remove the laces and set aside to clean later. Then take your shoe tree and insert in the sneaker. This will give you a better surface to apply more pressure while you are cleaning your shoes.
- If you have a shoe that is covered in loose dirt and mud, we recommend using a dry method to clean it first. Taking a brush (we use our medium brush) lightly go over the entire shoe, removing the dirt. This prevents the dirt from turning back into mud on the shoe once you apply the water.
- Next, using an all-natural, dye free cleaner, add a small amount to a bowl filled with water. (Many shoe cleaners on the market are known to stain shoes due to dye or chemicals, we recommend using this sneaker cleaner.)
- In order to mix the solution, take a delicate brush (it is important to use a brush with soft bristles on the Air Max suede) and lightly stir the solution using the bristles.
- Once mixed, you can apply the solution to the suede sneaker using the soft brush in circular motions over the entire uppers.
- After using the delicate brush to lather the entire upper of the shoe. You can use the medium brush to scrub the midsoles in a back and forth motion to remove the dirt from the rubber.
- Once the entire upper has been cleaned, you can move onto the soles, cleaning them with a very stiff brush. The soles are likely to have the most dirt and grime, and when that gets trapped in the Air Max 1’s deep grooves you need to use a brush that has tough bristles.
- Lastly, using a microfiber towel, pat the entire shoe down, and let air dry.
- The final step is to take the shoe laces that you set aside and dunk them in the remaining solution mixture and lather by rubbing them in between your hands.
Bonus step: If after you let your shoes dry you find that they are not as soft as you want. You can take a brass brush and gently comb the material in one direction to bring back that original texture.