Originally Posted by PanaRicanRetro
Spent some time back home visiting family and stayed at pops house. He told me he found an old pair of sneakers I left there years ago and asked if I wanted them or to just throw them out. I think I'm gonna try to make them my first restoration project. Not too experienced with this stuff so any advice would be appreciated. Was just thinking of cleaning the uppers, getting some sole sauce for the outdoor and midsole and maybe s midsole paint pen.
I was thinking about brush cleaning the uppers, and around the sockliner and then throwing them in the wash to get the sockliner a little less dingy. Anybody done this with older forces?
DO-NOT put shoes in the washer.. ever.
I believe Air legends premium shoe cleaner is pretty good. Id remove the insoles. Dampen the sock liner and back of tongue, then work in some of the cleaner with a brush. It might take a few session's. Then try removing the soap with damp cloths. I have a wet/dry shop vaccum I use around my garage and to vacuum my cars with. IF you happen to have one you could just drench the liner with water to try and rinse it faster then use the shop vac to extract the water quickly. If you dont fully remove the soap it will just attract more dirt.
Everything else, like the upper you can use the same cleaner. I recommend using cold water only first go around. If its still dirty move onto a little higher temp water. I dont recommend using hot water, especially on a pair this old. Also no tooth brush on the uppers, rag or high quality soft bristle brush.
Midsole and sole can be restored using probably any "sole sauce" offered out there. That midsole should look good as new in about 2 sessions, soles may require more.
If you get it to your liking, use a decent leather cleaner again on the upper and then a leather conditioner.