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Converse Clean Vs Dirty

Converse sneakers are a staple shoe and have reached iconic status as something which stands for youth and rebellion, whatever style tribe you belong to. Kurt Cobain wore them during the 90s grunge era, while NWA were adopting them into hip-hop culture. Pop princesses like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus have been spotted in them, but their also never far from Lil Wayne or Wiz Khalifa’s feet. Every rock band worth their salt has a pair of trusty converse and Kirsten Stewart even wears hers with designer frocks on the red carpet. Converse are universal and people always put their own stamp on them – the biggest debate amongst fans is whether you like your converse to be box fresh and clean or worn and dirty.

When Rihanna wears sneakers, she wears box fresh black or white converse. Converse enthusiasts speculate on how to clean converse, there are some weird and wonderful theories! To keep our sneakers clean, we like to wrap them in a pillow case and put them in the washing machine on a cool wash with some whitener – when the wash finishes stuff some newspaper into the converse while their drying to keep the shape. To clean the rubber parts of your converse you can use tooth paste – apply to an old toothbrush and scrub to remove any marks, wash the toothpaste off with a wet cloth. Alternatively, you can create a paste with white vinegar and baking soda which you also apply to the shoe using an old tooth brush, this should clean up your white converse and get them looking new.

Kirsten Stewart likes her converse to have a worn in look, this can be achieved in several different ways. If you want your converse to look like you’ve had them for years, but you only bought them yesterday, take them to a high brick wall that has a rough texture – repeatedly throw your converse shoes off the wall to make them look scuffed and worn in. If you don’t mind getting your feet wet you can also wear your converse while walking through a puddle – once they have dried off the box fresh white should have disappeared. Another way to achieve a worn in look is take some sand paper and rub gently over your sneakers, wear the shoes out for the next few days afterwards and you will find that dirt sticks to the newly created rough areas easily, giving your shoes a vintage appearance.

To pick up a pair of white converse all stars to try these methods out for yourself, you will find converse shoes at As well as the latest sneakers and classic styles, USC have a converse trainers sale on which will allow you to pick up some new shoes from only £20. Shop the full converse range, including mens, womens and kids shoes at