How to Prevent Your Sneakers from Creasing (As Much as Possible)
- by Chazz Demaria
- May 4, 2021
As sneakerheads, we understand how much you love your shoe collection. Whether you’re wearing them as a fashion accessory or playing sports, it’s important to protect your investment for as long as possible. Over time, as they are worn more often, sneakers will develop creases in the heels and toes along where they bend as you walk. The only way to completely prevent this from happening is to never wear your sneakers; however, if you would like to wear them, there are steps you can take to prevent or reduce creasing.
Increase your Sneaker Rotation
To slow the formation of creases, simply try not to wear your sneakers every day. You don’t need hundreds of pairs of shoes to regularly rotate your selection; even switching between two pairs every other day will help to keep them from creasing as quickly.
Use a Shoe Horn
You may think of shoe horns as useful tools for dress shoes, but using them can help reduce creasing in sneakers as well. A shoe horn prevents crushing of the heel as you slip your shoe on, helping it to keep its shape and extending its lifespan.
Use Sneaker Inserts
There are plenty of products on the market that help sneakers keep their shape when you are not wearing them. They can also pop out existing creases and help keep them from worsening. This helps keep the material strong and prevent it from creasing. Foam inserts, crease protectors, and even tissue paper can be incredibly helpful here.
Store Your Sneakers Correctly
You might not think much about how you’re storing your shoes, but simply kicking them off at the end of the day and storing them on a shelf or in the closet won’t do anything to prevent creases. Keep your shoes stored properly to reduce the likelihood of damage; stuff them with tissue paper, newspaper, a foam insert, or some other sort of shoe form to help them keep their shape, then store them in a shoebox storage bag or sturdy shoe box for extra protection. Keep your shoes out of direct sunlight and away from hot or moist environments – these settings soften your shoes and make them more flexible and susceptible to creasing.
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