Cleaning Ballet Flats

coconut32

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Jul 26, 2009
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I did a search on this but couldn't really find anything. I have a pair of Bloch ballet flats from last year that are white, beige, and brown. They are pretty dirty, especially the white parts. Black scuffs and the white just doesn't look bright anymore. Is it safe to wash these shoes? I was thinking of trying to put them in the washing machine on the handwash cycle (it is a LG front loading machine).

As a side note, has anyone had the Blochs resoled? I find the leather soles that comes on these type of ballet flats wears down really quickly. The leather sole is even separating from the shoe on the Blochs in one spot. I must be really rough on shoes! I also have a fairly new pair of Vera Wang Lillians (which I love, by the way!) and the leather sole and heel is getting worn down after only a few weeks of wear. Should I have a cobbler put a rubber sole on the whole bottom??

Thanks!
 

elle tee

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Yes, a cobbler can put new rubber soles on your ballet flats. If you are experiencing wear on the soles so quickly, you might want to take your next pair in to be resoled before the first wear, this will prolong their life. I would not wash any shoes that have any leather on them in a washing machine. When you take the shoes to be resoled, ask your cobbler how to clean them- he will probably be able to do it for you. In the future, a Scotchguard spray might help protect them from dirt.
 

coconut32

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Thank you!! Why didn't I think of asking the cobbler to clean them?! That's a great idea. I definitely wanted to put new soles on my latest flats before wearing them, but I don't think my city has a cobbler that I can trust, so I have to wait until I can get to the "big city" :smile: