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    23 Things To Prevent Your Favorite Shoes From Being Destroyed

    Never fear — rain, dirt, snow, and grime are no longer a threat to your favorite pair of shoes thanks to these genius shoe care products.

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    1. An enzyme-based spot cleaner if your sneakers are looking dull and dingy after all that outdoor running you do in them. Just spray this hypoallergenic cleaner all over your shoes, throw them in the washing machine, and they'll come out looking brand new.

    reviewer's dark dirty shoe on the left and the clean white shoe on the right

    Promising review: "I am amazed! I didn’t even have the second shoe sprayed when I was like holy heck I have to go review this immediately!! I don’t even have good water pressure (like at all), and the way this magically erased the grass & dirt stains from my shoes was incredible! I think my jaw dropped, in fact — I was so bummed I ruined my new sneakers playing badminton LOL! I actually bought the stuff specifically for my shoes, but I used it first on a piece of clothing with blood on it, and that stain was invisible after as well!! I can’t say enough good things about not only this stain remover but Puracy’s products as well. Anyhow, I’d say it would be very hard to find a stain that this remover couldn’t get out!" —Kara l.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    2. Scotchgard fabric protector spray that repels water-based spills so your white sneakers will keep looking fresh-out-of-the-box clean even if you wear them constantly. Is anyone still saying "Damn, Daniel" anymore? Because those bright white Vans definitely deserve it.

    Reviewer holding up protective spray in front of a box of white shoes

    Promising review: "I had seen this first used on shoes on Pinterest. I figured I would give it a try because I had been told that a lot of the shoe protectants actually turn white shoes yellow. This worked so well! I used it on my cloth Converse and a pair of mesh running shoes and they are still white. It was easy to spray and great instructions. I will continue to buy this and use it on my white shoes." —MDawg

    Get it from Amazon for $10.38.

    3. A four-sided cleaning brush if you get caught in a storm and you wind up with those dreaded mud stains on your boots or jacket. Use the stiff bristles on really set-in stains or scuff marks and the softer silicone bristles on more delicate fabrics like suede.

    Reviewer's dirty vs clean boots with the use of brush

    Promising review: "My favorite pair of Uggs were stored in a closet with a major moisture issue. I pulled them out for the cold weather to discover they were covered in mold! With the help of this handy little brush and some white vinegar, my boots are as good as new!! I love that this brush has four different sides for different parts of the shoe. It’s very handy and works very well!" —Sammi

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A pack of heel stoppers to stop your stiletto heels from sinking into the grass and getting completely ruined. Go ahead — wear your favorite heels to that outdoor wedding!

    reviewer's sparkly white shoes with shoe stoppers on the heels

    They'll also prevent heels from getting caught in cracks in the sidewalk.

    Elizabeth, a BuzzFeed editor, put these to the test as a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding after writing about them in a ton of shopping stories. Here's what she had to say:

    "When my friend asked me to be a bridesmaid and I learned I'd be walking on grass for the ceremony, I got a bit worried. What's a klutz with a high center of gravity to do while trying not to 1) fall down in front of approximately 150 guests or 2) keel over while quietly stifling tears during her friends' vows? Buy some Heel Stoppers, that's what! I was able to easily slip them onto the glitter-encrusted heels (and later remove them with no damage to the heels).

    "On the day of the ceremony, these sturdy pieces of plastic made the heels much easier to walk in and prevented me from aerating the lawn. My feet still hurt to high heavens because those gorgeous shoes don't have a lot of support for a seldom stiletto wearer like me. Out of all the dough I spent on my bridesmaid ensemble, these were the biggest bang for my buck!"

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four sizes).

    5. A Birkenstock shoe care kit you'll want to use if your Birks have gotten so dirty, you can't even read the writing on the insole anymore. You can use the cleaner to return them to their original glory, and then you can use the water-repellent spray and cork sealer to protect them.

    reviewer's birkenstock very dirty and stained dark, and then a cleaned birkenstock on the right

    The set comes with a cleaner and refresher, a cork sealer, a water and stain repellant, and a brush.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! You want to start with the eraser and then use the scrub brush/scraper. Then go to the cleansing spray and wipe it down. After the shoes are completely dry, hit the footbeds and leather straps with the water & stain repellent. For anyone who is new to the Birkenstock life, absolutely DO NOT use the cork sealer on anything other than the cork!" —Joyce

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    6. This bottle of Pink Miracle Shoe Cleaner that truly lives up to its name — it'll wipe dirt and stains right off of practically any shoe. No seriously: It works on shoes made of suede, leather, vinyl, nubuck, and canvas.

    reviewer's dirty adidas shoe on the left and a clean adidas shoe on the right

    Promising review: "I have had my Nike Roshe runs for about a year now and I don't go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them. Now I can wear them for even longer... I will buy it again when I run out of my bottle." —Romario

    Get it from Amazon for $23.97+ (available in two sizes, comes with a scrubber brush).

    7. A jar of Sno Seal so good at keeping moisture out of your shoes, even people who work outside in cold and rainy climates swear by it. I mean — just look at how that water just slicks right off those cowboy boots!

    Reviewers say to warm up your shoes with a blow-dryer before applying the seal.

    Promising review: "I used mine on expensive boots. A little darkening and a whole lot shinier. Took two applications. Better than adding oils to the shoes, which the tanning process works so hard to get out in the first place. Holds up well to water. Now I’m going to use it on all my leather shoes. Apply before wearing the boot or shoe out in the weather." —Eric F

    Get it from Amazon for $10.29.

    8. A bottle of leather conditioner if your favorite leather boots are starting to look dry, cracked, and worn out. Apply this, let it dry, and watch in amazement as the leather comes back to life.

    reviewer's boots restored to looking brand new after using a leather conditioner

    Promising review: "AMAZING!! I have some Ariat boots that are a few years old. Poor things have never been treated well. Other boot polishes just dulled the scratches out. When I applied this solution, I was pretty skeptical because it looks like hair conditioner, but it is amazing. I bought one for my dad." —Gloria

    Get it from Amazon for $5.49+ (available in three sizes).

    9. Or a jar of leather balm — applying beeswax to your leather shoes is actually a natural way to keep them water-resistant and super shiny, and this balm uses a formula of beeswax and natural oils to keep your shoes looking fantastic.

    black jar of humble suds leather balm
    Humble Suds / Etsy

    Humble Suds is a Denver, Colorado–based small business that makes natural, safe, effective, plant-based cleaning products.

    Promising review: "At first, I was hesitant to buy this item online but after reading the reviews I did buy the wood and leather conditioner. It arrived quite fast. I did try out the leather conditioner on my boots and they look like new! Thank you very much!" —Alice Dice

    Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $19.55.

    10. A tube of good old-fashioned heavy-duty glue to fix any broken parts of your shoe, whether it's a decorative piece that's falling off the toe or the sole of your shoe that's beginning to fray.

    model using super glue to repair the insole of a shoe

    Promising review: "I bought this to salvage a pair of thong sandals that were losing the decorative element on the straps. Worked great! Once dry, the glue is flexible, so it was perfect for what I wanted." —Sheryl J.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. A bottle of leather cleaner for your leather boots that have practically changed color from all the dirt and salt stains they have on them after a long winter. It's also a good idea to use this to clean all of your leather shoes periodically to keep them looking good as new!

    Promising review: "This product worked well on both my gray leather boots and brown leather satchel. I had salt on them from the winter sidewalks in IL and it cleaned them up nicely." —lpflibsen

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

    12. A pair of bamboo charcoal shoe deodorizers great for anyone who lives in a hot, humid climate and ends up sweating so much, their shoes start to smell...not so fresh.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    These can be reused for up to two years. To rejuvenate, simply place the bags in the sun once a month for at least one hour.

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about these when they arrived because I've never used anything like it before. I did NOT want something to cover up odors or make my feet smell like a robust dryer sheet. I just wanted the odor gone. We've been having temperatures here over 100 degrees lately and although I wear socks with my Vans, they were getting a bit 'pungent.' I slid one of these into each sneaker and hoped for the best. Less than 12 hours later, the odor was gone... GONE! When a product works like it says it should = happy customer. I've only used them for about a week now, so I haven't had to recharge them yet, but I'm really happy I bought these." —C. Welte

    Get them from Amazon for $9.95.

    Check out our full review on the bamboo charcoal shoe deodorizers here.

    13. A shoe shine sponge to rub on your work shoes so they'll stay looking shiny and new even years after you bought them.

    Promising review: "The shine lasts for quite some time and doesn't require too much shoe shine to really take effect. Quality. Worth every dollar." —Toby Larone

    Get it from Amazon for $4.96.

    14. A microfiber cloth, which is the most gentle way to apply many of the cleaners and polishes on this list to your shoes. The texture of the cloth will also break up set-in stains without ruining the finish of your shoe underneath.

    blue microfiber cloth folded up into a square
    Cleaning Studio / Etsy

    Make sure to get a few in case you plan to use many different products.

    Cleaning Studio is a small business based in Fairfield, Connecticut, that specializes in natural cleaning products and microfiber cloths.

    Get a two-pack from Cleaning Studio on Etsy for $9.99.

    15. This boot-fix glue because let's be real — when we find a good pair of combat boots, we wear them until they're basically falling apart. Thankfully, the glue, which dries nearly instantly, will fix any fraying or separation of the boot from the sole.

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical about using a shoe glue–type product after a shoe repair store owner told me that he wouldn't/couldn't reattach the sole on my Timberland work boots. He said that no adhesive would hold but maybe try superglue. I bought a bottle of Boot Fix Glue and followed the directions on the package to reattach the soles that had come apart at the toe. I've worn the boots several times now spending hours crawling around historical cemeteries doing restoration work. The repair is holding up fine. I am pleasantly surprised that this product actually lives up to its promises." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.45.

    16. This jar of colored shoe polish perfect for brightly colored leather shoes that you can't use the traditional black or dark brown shoe shine on. Available in more than 40 colors, you're bound to find the perfect match to bring your shoes back to life.

    Promising review: "I tromped all over the streets of Prague and Budapest with these shoes on. They came back from my trip looking pretty ratty. This cream is a little messy but well worth the effort. My shoes look like new... I put it on pretty thick, rubbed it in, waited an hour, then buffed them out. Shazam!" —Happy Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95+ (available in 42 colors).

    17. A shoe laundry bag if you're worried that throwing your shoes in the washing machine will ruin them. Never fear — not only will these bags keep your shoes intact, but they also have fluffy fibers that will scrub away at all the stains on your shoes as they tumble away.


    The bags also come with two shoe trees to insert so your shoes keep their shape and resist creasing.

    Promising review: "It has always been a tough task for me trying to wash my workout shoes but this product has made life much easier. You just put shoes in the laundry bag and put them in the washer and dryer. The job gets done very well. Also, this doesn't cause any damage to the shoes. So you don't lose the shape of shoes during the wash, they provide shoe trees. This is such an innovative product that makes life much easier." —Giridhar K.

    Get them from Amazon for $35.99.

    18. Or this stain stick if you just have a few stubborn stains on your shoes that you want to come out in the wash (talking to you, ketchup stain from lunch). Just rub this onto any trouble spots, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then run it through a wash cycle.

    vegan stain stick in a twine wrapping
    Butter Me Up Organics / Etsy

    Butter Me Up Organics is a zero-waste small business based in Livermore, California, specializing in organic, handcrafted bath, body, and cleaning products that use ingredients from ethical and sustainable sources.

    Promising review: "I have been ordering this stain stick for years, and it is AWESOME!!!!! It really works! It is unbelievable!!!! Great customer service! Ships quickly and just a great product. I order several at a time and give to friends and family!" —amy dugdale

    Get it from Butter Me Up Organics on Etsy for $7.75.

    19. A set of nonslip sole protectors because nothing's worse than a pair of tractionless shoes on a slippery day. You can also stick these on the bottom of well-loved shoes that have worn away their original traction.

    A reviewer showing the bottom of their heeled pump shoe with the sole placed on it

    Promising review: "I love the grip this provides. I don't have to walk so cautiously on certain floors now. The adhesive is very sticky and it feels like it's of high quality. I'm sure it will last a while before needing to be replaced. With these pads, my shoes feel like I have a sneaker-like grip." —WindowShopper

    Get a set of three pairs from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five color sets and packs of four pairs).

    20. Or a pair of clear sole protectors if you've paid a pretty penny for some fancy shoes and you don't want the soles to get all scuffed up and dirty the second you step outside.

    reviewer's red heels with sticky bottoms sole protectors

    Promising review: "I was getting tired of the soles of my designer heels wearing down after only a few times of wearing them out. So I started searching the internet on how to protect them. I went ahead and bought two packages of protectors. It only took 1 sheet to cover 1 set of heels so I have enough for three other pairs! There are some of my heels I wear all day each week and some are occasional. I've just bought a new pair of 2017 scalloped multi-strap sandal heels and was NOT wearing them until I got the bottoms protected. These specific heels are going to be worn on special occasions so I doubt the clear protector will wear off fast but I'm going to keep an eye on it. For now, they are protected and I'm happy!" —Melissa Ramski

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    21. A Ugg shoe care kit because all it takes is one unexpected rainstorm to completely ruin these ridiculously comfy shoes.

    The set comes with the Protector, Cleaner & Conditioner and Shoe Renew bottles, plus a bamboo-handle brush and a suede scuff eraser.

    Promising review: "I wore my boots in the rain multiple times without protecting them and the fronts turned dark. I thought they were ruined and used the kit to clean and protect them and now they are good as new! I am very pleased." —Joseph B. Derrick

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    22. A suede and nubuck stain eraser to get pesky stains and scuffs out of your favorite suede heels with ease. They'll look good as new!

    Promising review: "I had stained my suede shoes so badly I was prepared to buy another pair. Luckily I stumbled upon this product and it works great! Buffs the stains out of suede and had my shoes looking good and restored. It basically acts like a pencil eraser, so I recommend using it over a paper towel to make cleanup easier because bits of it crumble off as you work." —Cake

    Get it from Amazon for $4.23.

    23. A pair of foldable sneakers if you don't even want to risk ruining a nice pair of shoes — just keep these ridiculously handy backups in your bag and slip them on if you encounter muddy or rainy situations.

    The Grommet

    FitKicks is a small business founded by Shelly Marks who wanted to design comfortable shoes that can be worn anytime, anywhere.

    Promising review: "I love love love these shoes. They are lightweight and nonslip. They also look great and I've had so many compliments on them each time I wear them." —Ellen

    Get it from The Grommet for $29.95 (available in three sizes and four colors).

    You showing off your favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time but now look brand new:

    Paramount Pictures

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.