IT'S not enough that you just cop the latest sneaker drops — a true sneakerhead also knows how to take care of his or her dearest pairs.
Aside from storing them properly and wiping off stains on the reg, another way to make sure that your beloved shoes are well taken care of is by bringing them for regular “check-ups.”
Whether you’re a newbie collector or a pro, here are five cleaning services you can check out in the metro.
Clean Sneaks takes pride in being one of the pioneers in sneaker restoration in the country, having been in business since 2009. You’ll need to make the trip all the way to Balintawak in Caloocan as this is a home-based sneaker cleaning service. They also do meet-ups, just as long as you agree on a schedule beforehand.
Don’t worry, if you’re from out of town and desperate for some quality service, they can still accommodate you via shipping arrangements.
As for the rates, midsole/upper repainting, inclusive of overall cleaning, can fetch anywhere from P850 to P1,200, depending on the pair’s size and colorways. If it’s just overall shoe cleaning, P380 is good for leather uppers, while P500 is the cost for suede, nubuck, and white canvas uppers. They also provide water repellent spraying, as well as heel printing for Air Jordan XIs, and restoration.
Your kicks will certainly get the VIP treatment at Jeeves. They can do the job just right to help you keep your white sneakers looking pristine, and at an affordable price of P500 to P1,000 a pair. You can also bring your leather shoes here and get it spotless for P1,500. Cleaning can take up to two weeks so just make sure you won’t be making it a rush job if you intend to wear your pair soon.
They also offer water-resistant services to protect your shoes from unsightly stains and liquids. You can visit them in any of their branches in Metro Manila (Worldwide Corporate Center in Shaw, New World Hotel in Makati Ave., and Estancia Mall) or you can simply text them to get your shoes picked up for free.
3) Kicks Manila
Kicks Manila is located in Beacon Roces Tower in Makati, which makes it perfect for those working in the CBD or BGC area. They do sneaker wash, restoration (paint job), un-yellowing, waterproofing, and sole reglue. The price for each service will depend on their assessment of the status of your pair, so you might as well get in touch with them first to get this detail sorted out.
Mr. Solemate is located on Zabarte Road in Novaliches, perfect for North peeps out there. They do canvas shoe dry-cleaning and deodorizing for P100, while suede, gomuza, and pigskin pairs cost P150. Get rid of those annoying yellowish stains on your soles also for P150.
If you’re particular about the kind of cleaning materials they use, don’t worry, because they use all organic shoecare products guaranteed to keep your precious kicks safe from harm or damage.
Located on Katipunan Ave. along White Plains, Repent claims to be the premiere one-stop shop for sneaker care service in the country. They offer a range of services including cleaning, restoration, de-creasing, and colorway customization. Basic cleaning can take anywhere from 3 to 5 days, depending on your pair’s condition.
This story originally appeared on FHM.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Spin.ph editors.