If the coronavirus outbreak has you feeling anxious, why not take a deep breath and watch some Chuck Taylors go from beaten down to brand-new? As the situation around the virus continues to evolve and social distancing becomes the norm, people around the world are working hard to find a much-needed sense of peace. Some escape via books, others rock out to power-pop hits from the comfort of their bedrooms but even more respite can be found on YouTube, where clever craftspeople are taking old shoes and making them look as good as new.
Shoe repair ASMR videos (or simply shoe cleaning videos) make up an odd, interesting, and passionate place on YouTube. Creators give their kicks a full restoration — from repainting shoes’ details and giving them a complete resoling to adding additional fabric and more. And while you might think only the most high-end of shoes deserve a full restoration, this odd little video niche boasts an incredible range, with users restoring everything from common everyday kicks such as Chucks to high-fashion footwear like Gucci brogues.
Sure, finding relief in videos like these might sound strange but there is something about them — seeing the old sneaker, hearing the sound of a wire brush against canvas, gazing at the shiny and beautiful finished product — that inspires an indescribable sense of calm. Maybe the world is chaos, but somewhere out there a person is taking a ten-year-old pair of Stan Smiths and making them look like they just came out of the box. That’s gotta mean something, right?
Well, maybe not. But even if it doesn’t, we love it and we just can’t stop watching. So, since it’s a pretty stressful time to be alive, we’ve rounded up some of the best shoe repair ASMR videos to get you started down this YouTube rabbit hole.
#1: This COMME des GARÇONS x Converse cleaning even makes the PLAY heart smile!
#2: Some Vans suede slip-ons get the full spa treatment.
#3: Not as ASMR-worthy as some of the others, but these pricey Jordans get an amazing revamp.
#4: We don’t know if we’ve ever seen our Docs this clean.
#5: You won’t recognize these Nikes once they get their time in the tub.
#6: We promise that this is the most intense shoe-shine you’ll ever see.
#7: These Gucci loafers make this list end on a luxury note.
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