Do you have a small stockpile of shoe-cleaning supplies in your drawer? Do you obsessively check your sneakers for scuffs and marks at the end of each day and dutifully clean them? All that sneaker love just might pay off when you decide to sell or pawn your kicks for cash.
GEM Pawnbrokers pays top dollar for designer sneakers, including:
Selling or pawning your designer sneakers with GEM Pawnbrokers is easy. Simply follow these steps.
Start by spot cleaning the sneakers with a clean, damp cloth to dislodge any dirt and debris and remove any superficial marks. Unscented baby wipes work well for spot cleaning. For the soles, use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove dirt, stains, and scuff marks.
Next, deep clean your sneakers. Apply a few drops of professional shoe cleaner to a wet shoe brush. Scrub the shoes gently until the cleaner foams up, and clean all over. Use a toothbrush for hard-to-reach places. Once you’ve given the shoes a thorough scrubbing, wipe off the cleaner with a clean towel and repeat the process if needed. Note: If any parts of the shoes are made of leather or suede, use only a cleaner designed for these materials—otherwise, you could permanently damage the shoes.
Finally, fresh laces are a must. If your shoes have laces, either replace them with brand new ones, or apply detergent to the old ones, place them in a garment bag or tied pillowcase, and wash them in hot water (for dark-colored or black laces, use a permanent press setting to prevent fading).
Allow your shoes to dry naturally—never put them in a dryer. Place dryer fabric sheets inside the shoes to deodorize them; the dryer sheets will also draw out excess moisture. Consider applying a stain/water repellant.
Place your shoes in the original box, if you still have it. This will help expedite the authentication process when you come in. If you don’t have the original box, the purchase receipt is the next best thing. If you have neither, the process may take longer.
Once you’ve cleaned your sneakers and retrieved the box they came in and/or the purchase receipt, come see us at GEM Pawnbrokers.
Here’s how our process works: Our expert appraiser will let you know what your sneakers are worth and provide you with a cash price if you want to sell the shoes outright. If you’re looking to pawn your sneakers (use them as collateral for a cash loan), our on-site experts will walk you through the process and discuss loan terms and details with you—we’re committed to providing New York residents with the best prices for pawn sneakers. Whether you decide to sell or pawn designer sneakers in NYC, you’ll walk away with cash in hand!