Last updated on August 30th, 2018 at 10:13 am
Canvas shoes have been the flavour of summer for decades. They come in all shapes and sizes, and often in classic, timeless designs. Deploying a fab pair of canvas shoes in the right way will complete all your casual looks this summer. We’ve put together this guide on how to wear women’s canvas shoes so you can shop for them with confidence.
In this canvas shoes style guide, we’re going to look at their pros and cons, how to maintain them and also offer up some of our canvas shoes style tips. After reading this, you’ll know exactly how to wear canvas and can get started by heading over to our women’s shoes section to start bolstering your wardrobe with some of our fantastic canvas shoes.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Canvas Shoes
Before we go any further into our canvas shoes style guide, you need to know what the pros and cons are of wearing them.
- Canvas shoes are relatively inexpensive. Compared to other styles of shoe, these tend to go for a very reasonable price.
- They’re versatile. Canvas shoes lend themselves to being styled and designed in many different ways. They also lend themselves to being paired with a wide variety of different clothing combinations.
- They’re low-maintenance. Taking care of your canvas shoes is straightforward and easy.
- They’re easy to clean. You can put them in the washing machine with some standard laundry detergent and stains should lift right out. You can also easily clean them by hand which we will demonstrate later on in this guide. Just remember to remove any surface grub with a damp cloth or soft brush before you do. Do not try and dry your shoes with a source of direct heat such as a radiator or hairdryer as this can destroy the material.
- They aren’t suited to the winter time. As canvas shoes are fabric, they tend to not do the best job of insulating your feet. In the winter, canvas shoes are also susceptible to salt stains, especially if the roads have been gritted. These appear as thin white lines. If these aren’t removed, they can cause the canvas to go hard and eventually crack. It will also damage the stitching.
- Canvas shoes don’t always retain their shape. Invest in some shoetrees or pad out your shoes with some paper when you’re not wearing them. This is often caused by the way we walk whilst wearing them. You can’t really change your gait so taking these measures will help.
- They aren’t suited to sports. Despite canvas trainers once being synonymous with sports like basketball, it’s generally accepted now that canvas shoes aren’t for sports or other rigorous activity. If you’re going to be walking extensively, or engaging in physical activity, leave the canvas at home and opt for trainers that will provide the lateral movement, shock absorption and support your feet need.
We think that the pros far outweigh the cons. Canvas shoes are a great weapon to have in your footwear arsenal. As mentioned before, they’re cheap, versatile and low-maintenance. Pretty much all you could want from a summer shoe.
What to Wear with Women’s Canvas Shoes
One of the great things about women’s canvas shoes is that you’re not at all limited in what you can wear with them. Canvas trainers are essential for hitting those casual, streetwear trends and canvas shoes can add a new dimension to your outfit.
What to Wear with Canvas Trainers
Canvas trainers are a great casual shoe. When it comes to canvas trainers, there’s really only two categories that matter: high-tops and low-tops. Some low-top canvas trainers will look great with a supremely casual outfit such as a t-shirt and some tracksuit bottoms. The trainers will round off this perfect day-to-day outfit.
Sticking to the theme of t-shirts, canvas trainers paired with tea dresses are a winning combination every time. This outfit exudes style and is outside the box. Throw on a leather or denim jacket if it’s a bit chilly and you’re good to go!
Go for some colourful canvas trainers to add a splash of colour to a monochromatic outfit. If you like wearing all-black, a colourful pair of printed canvas trainers will be an excellent accent piece.
What to Wear with Canvas Wedges
Wedge sandals are a quintessential summer shoe. Some nude canvas wedge sandals will go fantastic with a pair of jeans and your favourite top for a night out. The wedges are more stable and comfortable than a pair of heels, so your feet will thank you.
Alternatively, pair some canvas wedge sandals with a flowing maxi dress for garden parties, weddings or any fancy affairs you may be attending this summer.
What to Wear with Canvas Slip-ons
Slip-ons are another common canvas shoe. They’re similar to canvas trainers and similar principles apply, but they have a slightly different feel to them and function because they have a larger vamp to play with.
Because they don’t have laces there are more patterns and effects that can be achieved with a pair of canvas slip-ons. Use this to your advantage to incorporate some prints, patterns and bold colouring to your outfit.
How to Clean and Care for Canvas Shoes
The problem with how easy it is to wear canvas shoes is that as you’ll want to wear them every day. Because of this, they’ll pick up some scuffs, stains and blemishes along the way. Luckily for you, they’re easy to clean.
You can wash your canvas shoes in a washing machine. However, for the best results, you should wash them by hand. This is our step-by-step guide on how to clean canvas shoes.
You will need:
- A large bowl/bucket
- Warm water
- A toothbrush/ soft brush
- A towel
- Mild detergent
- First, fill your bowl or bucket with warm water and add a couple tablespoons of your detergent. If your detergent is powdered, make sure you stir it in until it has dissolved and has made some suds.
- Take your canvas shoes and, dipping your brush into the water, scrub the outside of them. Don’t fully submerge them if you can help it, rather dip them gently into the water to rinse them off. Once you’re satisfied, rinse them with some clean water.
- Using your towel, get rid of any excess water by squeezing the shoes inside the towel.
- Scrunch up your paper and put them inside the shoe to preserve its shape. Because its made from fabric, getting it wet loosens it up and if you don’t do this step, your shoes may become misshapen.
- Leave your shoes to dry away from a direct heat source. Best practice is to leave them to dry in the sun.
If you don’t have any detergent, you can substitute it for a baking soda and white vinegar solution. Mix them together until it forms a paste and dip your brush in the resulting solution to remove stains.
There you have it, an easy 5-step process for cleaning your canvas shoes. In terms of what measures you can take to prevent yourself having to clean them regularly, you can buy purpose-built shoe spray that will help repel dirt. Or, go for some starch spray to help protect the canvas.
Everyone should have a pair of canvas shoes in their wardrobe when summer rolls around. They’re a fun, versatile low-maintenance shoe and their classic, timeless designs will never go out of fashion. Whether it’s some canvas trainers with a vintage, retro feel or some canvas wedge sandals, it’s hard to go wrong. With this guide, you’ll know how to keep them clean and fresh and what to wear with them.
Head over to our women’s shoes section to find our range of canvas shoes. We offer free & fast delivery on all of our products within 2-4 working days, or you can choose to click & collect for free at one of our 500 UK outlets.