The best way to keep your golf shoes looking like new

If like me, you own a pair of white golf shoes then you'll know all too well how difficult it can be to keep them looking good, especially as they get older. In this blog post, I'll share with you the secret product and cleaning method I've been using for the past few months keep my FootJoy Premiere Series Packards looking as good as new.

The Problem

For me, the FootJoy Premiere Series Packards are without a doubt the most beautiful golf shoes on the market and the best I’ve ever owned. However, the textured leather upper is a nightmare to try and keep clean, especially as the shoes get older. I’ve owned my Packards for over a year now and used to wipe them down after every round in order to keep them looking like new. Sadly, just like most of my New Year resolutions, that didn’t last long and I was back to just throwing them in the garage in the hope they’d magically clean themselves in no time.

Close up of dirt ingrained in leather upper.
Dirt ingrained on rear of golf shoe.

The problem I’ve discovered with the Packards, and indeed every other white golf shoe I’ve ever owned, is that if they aren’t cleaned after every round and the dirt builds up on them then they become really difficult to clean with the traditional soap and water method.

Thankfully, there’s a simple solution to keep your whites white and no, it’s not Daz Ultra. 

The solution

The solution I’ve been using for the past few months that I now swear by involves cleaning my shoes with The Pink Stuff The Miracle Cleaning Paste. Created by the well-known and popular household  cleaning brand ‘The Pink Stuff’, this ‘Miracle Cleaning Paste’ really does work miracles on tired-looking golf shoes and is a must have for any golfer keen to keep their golf shoes looking their best.

Tub of The Pink Stuff Miracle Cleaning Paste used to clean my FootJoy Premiere Series Packards.

A 500g tub can be bought from Amazon for around £5 or can be picked up in the cleaning aisle of your local supermarket and will go a long, long way. I’ve cleaned my shoes using this paste several times and have barely even broken its surface.

In terms of the product itself, it’s environmentally non-toxic, made from 99% natural ingredients and not tested on animals. The other piece of good news is that as well as being suitable for use on your golf shoes, you can also use it to clean your saucepans, sinks, shower and your boat (if you’re rich enough to have one). 

One thing that is important to point out is that this is a mild abrasive paste cleaner and should be used with care. Personally, I have decided to use this on my golf shoes as they are a little bit older now and I’m not too concerned about potentially scoring the surface of the leather in the same way as I would have been if they were brand new shoes, given that the leather has already deteriorated over time. 

What you will need

In my experience, to clean your golf shoes properly using miracle cleaning paste you will need:

  • Tub of The Pink Stuff Miracle Cleaning Paste
  • A soft toothbrush or scouring sponge
  • Wet/surface wipes or damp wet cloth
Toothbrush, cleaning paste and surface wipes.

The Cleaning Process

Now that we’ve looked at what equipment you’ll need, let’s take a look at the method I use to clean my golf shoes.

Step 1: Remove laces

Before you begin cleaning your shoes, I’d recommend first removing the laces from each shoe. Whilst the paste will be okay to apply to the laces, it makes it much easier to clean around the eyelets and the tongue once the laces have been removed. 

Step 2: Apply miracle paste

Scrape a generous portion of the paste onto the tip of the toothbrush or scouring sponge and begin working it into the leather upper of the shoe in small circular motions. You don’t need to be forceful or too rough when applying the paste. 

Continue to apply the paste to any and all areas above the sole.  The main benefit of using a toothbrush to apply the paste is that it makes it easier to get into all of the nooks and crannies and makes cleaning the shoe’s tongue less fiddly than trying to use a sponge.

Applying cleaning paste with toothbrush.
Working cleaning paste in small circular motions.

Step 3: Wipe off the paste

Once you have finished working the paste into leather across the entire shoe, it’s time to remove it. Grab a wet wipe or damp cleaning cloth and begin to remove the paste from the shoe. The wetter the wipe/cloth, the easier it will be to remove the paste. 

It’s at this point you’ll really be able to see just how good a job this miracle paste does of removing dirt and returning your shoes to their former glory.

Removing paste from shoe with wet wipe.
Removing paste from shoe with wet wipe.

Step 4: Wipe outsole and lace shoes

Once the upper has been wiped and all of the paste removed, the final part of the process is to clean the outsole and heel before lacing each shoe. I don’t tend to apply the paste to the outsole or heel as I usually find they’re easy enough to clean with a wet wipe or your damp cloth.

sit back and admire

Cleaning your golf shoes with The Pink Stuff’s Miracle Cleaning Paste is not a difficult nor expensive process. As you can see from the below before and after shots (grab and drag each slider), this paste really has made a huge difference to my golf shoes and has them looking almost like new.

So there you have it – an easy and affordable way to breathe life back into your tired golf shoes and have you looking your best out on the golf course thanks to The Pink Stuff’s Miracle Cleaning Paste. Whilst I can guarantee this stuff will work wonders on your golf shoes, sadly I can’t guarantee the same for your performances on the golf course.

If your goes shoes are in a state of disrepair that even the Pink Stuff can’t fix, why not consider treating yourself to a new pair using my exclusive 20% off Duca del Cosma discount code?

Thanks again for reading and feel free to share your thoughts on this shoe-cleaning method in the comments area below.



2 responses

  1. Andy, good job, I also handwash the laces with a bit of hot water and fairy liquid and they come up brilliant white. I also finish off with leather balsalm to feed the leather and protect waterproofing

    1. Great advice – thanks very much for sharing, Charlie. Certainly sounds like you know what you’re talking about. Is the leather balsalm also like a whitener, or is it clear and just there for protective purposes? Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the post!

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