We spoke to the man with the cleanest cycling shoes in Melbourne. Of course it's the always immaculately dressed Lee 'Hollywood' Turner.
Words - Mike Boudrie Images - Andrew Clifforth
Ok, it's a bit of a different one today. In a time where cycling shoes are quickly getting brighter and whiter keeping them looking fresh an new can be a challenge. I'm a fan of white shoes, I think they look great. But get caught out in the rain and of course on those long dustry dirty rides and the pristine looking shoes quickly start to look well loved.
On a recent trip, I took a ride with Hollywood and asked the innocent question... 'how do you keep you're shoes so clean'. With delight he gave me the following steps to follow and promised perfect looking shoes every time.
You will need - 2 soft mesh wash bags, Napisan, clothes washing detergent, a washing machine.
Step 1 - Get yourself down to the supermarket a buy a couple of laundry bags - soft, mesh bags designed to fit delicate clothing in while being washed... you may have some for your kit already.
Step 2 - Use a damp cloth to remove any excess dirt and get the shoes as clean as you can.
Step 3 - remove insole - you can wash this if required.
Step 4 (optional) - Cleats - We left our cleats on but you may wish to take them off.
Step 5 - Place one shoe in each bag.
Step 6 - Sprinkle some Vanish Napisan, or similar in the bags... close them up and throw them in the washing machine.
Step 7 - Throw one or two towels in the machine so the shoes don't get bashed up.
Step 8 - Add laundry liquid and select delicates... hit go.
Step 9 - Once finished leave your now pristine shoes to dry in the shade.
Step 10 - Enjoy your brand new looking shoes.
Now, obviously your need to be sensible in deciding which shoes to was and this method is not recommended for all shoes. It's not a good idea to throw your leather shoes in the wash and this method is generally aimed at synthetic shoes. Please don't contact us telling us that you've ruined you shoes! Washing is at your own risk!