How to Clean Adidas Gazelles

Known for their brightly colored suede lining and iconic Adidas striping, Adidas Gazelle sneakers offer a unique blend of performance and style. If you own a pair of Gazelles, however, you know that their soft suede exterior can be tricky to clean and maintain. With a few tips on how to properly clean and protect your classic kicks, your Adidas Gazelles will stay looking and smelling fresh for years to come!

Remove excess dirt and shoelaces.

Prepare your shoes for cleaning by brushing away excess dirt, removing the shoelaces, and stuffing your shoes with newspaper or a shoe tree to protect their shape. You can use either a shoe brush or a damp rag to clean off the top layer of dirt clinging to the surface of your shoes.

Suede is soft and fairly delicate. Use gentle brushing motions to clear away dirt. You can wash your laces either by hand or by placing them in a mesh laundry bag in a washing machine.

Treat food and salt stains with vinegar and water.

If you wear your Gazelles through the winter they may accumulate salt stains. To remove salt stains, apply a mixture of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar to the stained area with a rag. Allow it to dry, then gently go over the area with a brush. White vinegar works best.

Remove oil and grease stains with baking soda.

Pour a small amount of baking soda on the stain and allow it to sit for several hours as it draws in the liquid. Gently brush away the baking soda with an old toothbrush using a circular motion.[3] Oil and grease stains can be very tough to remove. If the stain is too strong for the baking soda cleaning method, you should consider having your shoes professionally cleaned.

Mist dried water stains with water.

Strangely enough, the treatment for dried water stains is adding more water. But only a small amount! Lightly mist the area around the stain, then gently brush the spot in a circular motion. Focus your brushing especially on the borderlines of the dried water stain. The spot should blend in with the rest of the shoe after drying.

Use a white pencil eraser to remove scuffs.

Scuff marks are caused when the fibers of the suede material on your Gazelles get flattened. You can use a pencil eraser to gently rub the affected area to lift the nap and remove any markings.[5] Avoid using a pink eraser as the color might transfer to your shoe. For especially difficult scuff marks you can use a fingernail file.