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How to Clean Dirt Off Worn Rubber Shoe Soles?
Old 10-12-2020, 06:30 AM
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I bought some Skechers shoes. Fabulous color, they're just not that comfortable...a little surprising for Skechers, I think.

I wore them just once for a 30-min walk and other than the soles on the bottom, they look brand new. I wiped the bottoms with alcohol, but it didn't so much good. Anyone have any tips to make it look new again?

I hate most shoe retailers' policy of returning them UNWORN. How are you supposed to see if you don't wear them and really walk in them and I don't like having to wear them around at home only.

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Old 10-12-2020, 06:44 AM
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If youíre trying to make them look new so you can return them, Iím not participating because I love Skechers.

If youíre trying to make them look new for your own use, throw them in the washing machine.
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Old 10-12-2020, 06:46 AM
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Since they have been worn, I would donate them to a local thrift store if you don’t want to keep them. Someone out there needs a nice pair of shoes especially with so many unemployed.
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Old 10-12-2020, 06:51 AM
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If they look worn, company wonít accept the return, unless you bought them at Nordstrom.

I would donate them to a charity as a way of paying forward something that was unexpectedly done for you.
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Old 10-12-2020, 06:54 AM
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If they've been worn and look worn, then you own them. Don't be deceptive.


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Old 10-12-2020, 07:39 AM
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I wouldnít want to buy a pair of new shoes only to find them dirty. Donate them to the less fortunate.
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Old 10-12-2020, 07:52 AM
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Do you want to buy shoes that have been worn, cleaned, and returned? I highly doubt it!
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Old 10-12-2020, 07:53 AM
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I agree with everyone above. To wear them long enough for them to look worn means you now own them. To return them after "cleaning them up" would be the wrong thing to do. Do the right thing. Keep them, donate them, sell them on NextDoor...but don't return used shoes.
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Old 10-12-2020, 07:58 AM
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I hope you don't mean that you want to clean them up and try to return them. The thought of someone doing that is really disgusting.
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:04 AM
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One thing that you could do is to sell them on EBay as slightly used. You can even write that they were only used once. That way you might fetch some of your money back for a one dayís wearing that wasnít comfortable for you.


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Old 10-12-2020, 01:35 PM
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Naturalizer, I believe, accepts them if you wore them. Maybe if I stretch them, they'll feel better.

Actually, I'm correcting myself. It looks brand new except for the soles. Too bad a little 30-minute walk dirtied the soles a bit.

Throughout the years, I've donated tons of good quality clothing, so I'll see about it here.

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Old 10-12-2020, 01:58 PM
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Try Scrubbing Bubbles Bathtub Cleaner - the spray foam or a similar brand. Leave it on for about a minute and use a washcloth, or better yet an old toothbrush to clean and rinse the bottom of the shoes.

This is how I clean my shoes and my kids' shoes!
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:01 PM
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Try a Mr. Clean magic eraser. Thatís what I use on mine.
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:33 PM
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noonespecial, thanks a lot, but the sponge shredded apart too easily.

I got what I needed to do anyway!

Keltikmom, I don't know exactly what this is supposed to mean, but it doesn't matter anyway.

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Old 10-12-2020, 02:40 PM
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I don't think Keltikmom was implying the shoes were given to you or that you didn't work to get them. I think she meant that in honor of the most recent good deed done to you, pay it forward by donating the shoes. At least that's how I read it.
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:44 PM
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Still don't know what this bolded part means. I bought the shoes myself, so what do you mean by the "good deed done to me"?

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I think she meant that in honor of the most recent good deed done to you, pay it forward by donating the shoes. At least that's how I read it.
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:48 PM
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She means if you ever arrived at the window of a Starbucks to learn the car ahead of you paid for your order, or if someone fed your meter or something like that. Now it is your turn to "pay it forward."

Returning used shoes is sketchy and gross, even if you cleaned the dirt off the soles.
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Old 10-12-2020, 02:53 PM
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It doesn’t have anything to do with you buying the shoes. I think she means donate the shoes as a way of paying it forward for a good deed that may have come your way recently.

ETA: yes!! MalloryJames explained it well
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Old 10-12-2020, 03:14 PM
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OK. Well, I can honestly say that no one's done that for me in my life, but it's OK. Again like I said, I've donated tons of clothing, etc. throughout the years and I'm sure I will in the future, so no prob!
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Old 10-13-2020, 05:06 AM
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Thanks a lot, new mom.
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