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Care Guide

Care Guide

Please use this care guide to help prolong the lifespan of your shoes:

General advice

Each style has different needs depending on the materials used, but we do not recommend you wash any of our styles in the washing machine as it can alter the properties of each material.

Before you start wearing the shoes, using a waterproof spray adapted to the material can help prolong wear.

If wearing the shoes for a long period, try removing the insoles after use to air them out. 

Before cleaning clap the shoes together at the soles and brush off any dried mud with a dry paper towel.

Always remove laces and insoles and clean separately.

Sneaker wipes are safe to use on all materials and colours, just wipe the dirty areas of the sneaker with the wipe until the motion creates foam and the dirt dissolves. Wipe away the excessive foam and leave to air-dry.

You should avoid storing your Good News shoes in direct sunlight, and keep them away from radiators and other heat sources to help prevent the rubber/leather from drying out.

Hand wash method

Remove laces and insoles to clean separately:

Laces - soak in a basin with some warm soapy water, rinse with warm water and leave to air dry.
Insoles - rinse with warm water then leave to air dry.

Brush off any chunks of dried mud on the shoes first with a dry paper towel / soft brush and the classic clapping together method to remove loose dirt.

Shoes (non-leather/suede): Dip a scrub brush / toothbrush in soapy water and start by scrubbing the soles of your shoes before moving on to the uppers.
Wipe down the shoes with a wet cloth to make sure any soapiness is cleaned off and leave to air dry.

BioVeg (bio-based leather alternative)
Use a soft brush to remove any dust or dried mud then use a clean damp cloth (avoid using a sponge or a wet cloth) to wipe down the sneakers, letting the bio-based leather dry naturally. Never wipe harshly or wash in a washing machine.

Cottons/Nylons
Use a shoe brush or toothbrush with a bit of mild soap and cold water, work on a small section at a time, with the grain of the fabric to keep it looking uniform and all around the shoe to keep colour consistent.
Be extra gentle and use less water as colours may fade.
Remove any soapy residue by wiping with clean cloth and clear water, blotting with a dry cloth or paper towel.
Let the shoes air dry, away from direct heat and sunlight to try avoid ring marks and stuff the inside of the shoe whilst they dry to help maintain shape.

Leather
Soft leathers - we recommend you use a repellent spray before the first wear, or treat with wax in order to make the shoes more resistant to dirt and repellent to water and humidity. You can also restore and nourish with leather balms or specialised cream moisturisers to prevent the leather from drying out and cracking. Dirt can be brushed off when dry, or you can use a damp cloth and gently wipe dirt away.
Coated leathers - wipe gently with a damp cloth, buff the leather with a clean soft cloth and then apply a protective leather cream to finish. Avoid cleaning products that contain alcohol as this will remove the leather’s smoothness.
Note, this type of leather will get more visible creases from use since it does not recover in the same way as a softer leather with a natural surface.

Suede
Suede is sensitive to water and dirt so before wearing your new suede shoes we recommend using a water repellent spray to make them more resistant (this can cause the colour to deepen).
The best way to clean suede is to brush off dirt with a suede brush once the shoes are dry. Do not use water.

Additional tips

Using a shoe-horn when putting on the shoes can help prevent excessive strain to them, whilst inserting a shoe-tree in stored shoes can help keep their structure.

Try replacing the insoles and laces before throwing out your favorite shoes to help reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.