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Why are my sneakers yellow?

First off, it is not your fault!

Well….mostly! haha

Sneaker sole oxidation is a common problem that can affect the appearance and longevity of your sneakers. It occurs when the rubber sole of a sneaker is exposed to oxygen and breaks down over time, causing the sole to become discolored and brittle. Sneaker sole oxidation can be particularly noticeable on white soles, but it can also affect soles of other colors.

There are several factors that can contribute to sneaker sole oxidation, including exposure to sunlight and heat, as well as the quality of the rubber used in the sole. Sneakers that are worn frequently and subjected to a lot of wear and tear are also more prone to sole oxidation.

To prevent sneaker sole oxidation, it is important to take good care of your sneakers and follow some simple steps:

  1. Store your sneakers in a cool, dry place: Avoid storing your sneakers in direct sunlight or in a damp environment, as this can accelerate the oxidation process.
  2. Use a sneaker protector: Applying a protective coating to the soles of your sneakers can help prevent oxidation and extend the life of your sneakers.
  3. Clean your sneakers regularly: Keeping your sneakers clean and well-maintained can help prevent the build-up of dirt and grime that can contribute to oxidation.
  4. Avoid exposing your sneakers directly to sunlight when they’re not being worn.

Common Sneakers that Oxidize / Turn Yellow

  • Jordan 11’s
  • Adidas Yeezy Boost 350
  • Air Jordan 1
  • Air Force 1
  • Adidas Superstar
  • Air Jordan 3 & 4
  • Converse All Star

There is hope!

Company’s like Sneakky Klean provide Sneaker Care services which include oxidation reversal. They utilize a 2 step combination process which includes the use of an artificial Ultra Violet light box. Pretty neat!