31 Days
Day 6

Weatherproof Your Sneakers

Volume 10

Anyone who's witnessed their new kicks quickly go from crisp and clean to dingy and stain-splattered knows that a little precipitation (or maybe a spilled beer) can ruin your day, not to mention your shoes. As men, we tend to invest in our footwear—not just dress shoes but sneakers too. So you should want to take care of them. Especially now that some of our most beloved kicks are crafted from knit fibers, laser-cut microsuede and even wool. Keep them fresh (and your feet dry) by properly weatherproofing them.

Free RN Flyknit sneakers, $120 / $109.97 by Nike

Prep the Shoes

Remove the laces from the sneakers. Make sure the surface of the shoe is clean by brushing them off to ensure they're free of any dust and dirt. If your canvas or knit shoes are dirty, wash them and make sure they're completely dry before applying the protector spray.

Choose the Right Protector

Nano Protector spray, $9.72 by Tarrago

Nano Protector spray, $9.72 by Tarrago

For Knit, Mesh or Fabric

To ensure that your Yeezys, Flyknits or simple canvas sneakers retain their flexibility and breathability, we recommend this innovative spray that utilizes nanotechnology to coat the individual fibers. This makes the material as a whole much more resistant to water and dirt. Keep in mind, this spray does have a potent smell while it's wet, so it's best to spray it outside.

Repel spray, $17 by Jason Markk

Repel spray, $17 by Jason Markk

For Leather or Suede

We've found that Jason Markk, probably the most trusted name in premium sneaker cleaning, makes one the best protectors that we've tested. This water-based spray creates an impressively durable barrier that works on a wide range of materials and leathers without messing with the color or altering the look or feel of the leathers.

Coat the Shoes Properly

Hold the can approximately six inches away from the shoe, and spray the entire area of the shoe's surface, making sure it's completely and evenly coated. Be careful not to oversaturate. Allow the protector to fully cure by letting it dry for at least 24 hours. Then, for best results, apply a second coat and allow that to dry before wearing the shoes.

Volume 10   //   2018

31 Days is back ... And 2018 marks its tenth iteration. When we started this a decade ago, we never imagined that these daily guides to being better men would take off and become one of Valet.'s most popular series of all time. So thank you for your continued support and belief in our mission. This year, we're focusing on productivity—ways in which you can streamline and improve your days to make your job less stressful, your work more efficient and your life run just a bit more smoothly. It's time to raise your game.

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    Get a Jump Start
    on Your Day
  • 2
    Slow Day?
  • 3
    The Power of
    Saying "No"
  • 4
    Faster Haircut =
    Better Haircut
  • 5
    Casey Neistat on
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    Your Sneakers
  • 7
    Save Money
  • 8
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    Stay in
  • 10
    The "Good Day"
  • 11
    Get Bumped ...
    for Good
  • 12
    Tim Ferriss on
    Doing It All
  • 13
    Style Hacks
  • 14
    Get a
  • 15
    Shit Done
  • 16
    A Successful
  • 17
    Your Focus
  • 18
    Your Grooming
  • 19
    Jeff Bezos on
    Making Decisions
  • 20
    Fixing a
    Bad Haircut
  • 21
    Learn a
    New Hobby
  • 22
    Dress for
  • 23
    Success at
    Any Age
  • 24
  • 25
    Get Out of
    a Meeting
  • 26
    Jay-Z on the
    Keys to Success
  • 27
    Bad Breath
  • 28
    Master Your
    Credit Cards
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    The First
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