In the world of athletic wear and trainers, few names command as much attention, admiration, - and sometimes, let’s face it - bewilderment, as Kanye West's YEEZY line. Melding together unique design aesthetics with comfort, YEEZY has consistently delivered pieces that toe the line between streetwear and high fashion. One of the more recent and unique additions to this lineup is the YEEZY Foam Runners.
While they're undoubtedly distinctive and comfortable, they're also susceptible to the wear and tear of regular use. So, how does one keep these statement pieces in pristine condition? Let's dive in.
What are Yeezy Foam Runners?
Heralded by many as the epitome of leisure wear-meets-fashion, YEEZY foam runners are the brainchild of rapper-turned-designer, Kanye West, in collaboration with Adidas. Since their inception, YEEZYs have become a viral sensation, with each release eagerly awaited by athletic-wear enthusiasts and fashionistas alike. Their designs, often characterised by neutral tones, avant-garde shapes, and an undeniably modern feel, have solidified YEEZYs place as more than just footwear - they're a statement.
Made primarily from algae-based foam, they're eco-friendly, ergonomically designed, and boast a sculpted, futuristic look that cements West's dedication to pushing the boundaries of footwear design.
How to Clean Yeezys at Home: Complete Guide
The YEEZY Foam Runners, with their porous design, can indeed pick up dirt a bit more readily than other footwear. However, cleaning them doesn't have to be a chore. Here's a step-by-step guide to ensure your Foam Runners remain as fresh as the day you unboxed them:
Preliminary Dust Off
Begin by removing any loose dirt or debris from the shoe. You can tap the shoes together sole-to-sole or use a soft-bristle brush to gently brush off surface dirt, as this helps in making the subsequent cleaning stages more effective.
Prepare a Cleaning Solution
For the foam material, a mixture of mild detergent and water works wonders. Mix a small amount of detergent with warm water in a bowl until it lathers. Ensure the detergent is mild, as harsh chemicals can deteriorate the foam's integrity.
Dip a soft brush or toothbrush into the cleaning solution and gently scrub the Foam Runner's surface in a circular motion. Pay special attention to any stubborn stains or dirt embedded in the porous design.
Wipe and Rinse
Once you've scrubbed the entire shoe, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away any detergent residue. If required, you can rinse the Foam Runner under a gentle stream of cold water, but ensure you don't submerge the shoe entirely. This can introduce water into areas that are harder to dry and potentially lead to odour issues.
Drying is Key
Allow your Foam Runners to air dry naturally. Avoid direct sunlight or using artificial heat sources like hairdryers, as these can warp the shape of the shoe or compromise the foam material. Instead, place them in a well-ventilated area, and ensure they're thoroughly dry before wearing them again.
Can You Put Foam Runners in the Washing Machine?
A frequent query YEEZY enthusiasts have is about the compatibility of their beloved shoes with the washing machine - this method, after all, offers a quick and relatively hands-free approach to cleaning. But can you throw in your Foam Runners with the rest of your laundry?
Foam Runner Compatibility
While many trainers, like some models of the YEEZY 700, can be machine washed with precautions, Foam Runners are a different beast. Given their unique construction and material, the agitation of a washing machine can be harsh on the foam structure and might affect the shape and integrity of the shoe.
Washing Machine Risks
Aside from the potential structural damage, washing machines can also cause discolouration, especially if washed with other coloured items. There's also the risk of the foam material absorbing excess water, making drying more challenging and potentially leading to odour issues.
If You Must Machine Wash
If you are adamant about using a washing machine for your Foam Runners, there are precautions you can take. First, place the shoes in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase to reduce direct agitation. Use cold water and a gentle cycle. Add a small amount of mild detergent. However, as stated, this isn't the recommended method.
How to Clean Yeezy Slides
For those who also enjoy the comfort of Yeezy Slides, the good news is that their cleaning process is similar to that of the Foam Runners:
- Brush Off Surface Dirt: Start by removing any loose debris using a soft-bristle brush.
- Mild Detergent Solution: Prepare a soapy solution with mild detergent and warm water. Scrub the slides gently using a soft brush or cloth.
- Rinsing: Rinse off the soap under cold running water, ensuring you don't soak the slides.
- Air Dry: Place them in a well-ventilated space to air dry. Avoid direct sunlight or artificial heat sources.
Ultimately, keeping your YEEZY Foam Runners and Slides in tip-top shape requires a bit of gentle care and attention; this means regular cleaning, combined with the right techniques, to ensure that your footwear remains fresh, comfortable, and ready to complement your fashion-forward looks. It's always worth remembering that with any high-end fashion items, a little care goes a long way in preserving their aesthetics and functionality.