If you want to keep your cycling shoes feeling brand new, the Muc-Off Premium Bike Shoe Care Kit tackles dirt on the outside and whiffs on the inside. It’s quite a comprehensive bundle with the contents all working effectively, whether your shoes just need a spruce up or a thorough clean.
I gave the Muc-Off Shoe Care Kit quite a tough challenge for its first test; a pair of white Giant shoes, last worn in the winter, left covered in street spray – including mud and salt in all the creases, stitches and even the fabric of the tongue. There were also scuff marks from crank arms and tyres.
First up was the Premium Bike Footwear Cleaner, sprayed over the outsides after giving the bottle a good shake. Muc-Off recommends leaving it for a minute to penetrate the dirt before you scrub it using the included brush. It quickly removed all of the scuff marks and filth on the synthetic uppers, and the brush even got into all of the little nooks plus creases. It cleaned the shoes up well.
Where road spray had actually got right in and stained the white tops, though, it could do nothing. Don’t expect this to totally restore old shoes.
On the tongues I left the formula to soak in before scrubbing with the brush and a bit of warm water. They cleaned up quite well too, considering how long these shoes had been sat in the airing cupboard covered in dirt.
On shoes that have just been worn in the mud or rain, though, the Muc-Off kit works very well indeed. On both my road and gravel sneakers (one pair being knitted), it quickly broke down the dirt and the majority of times I could just wipe them off with the supplied microfibre cloth.
Next you spray your now-clean shoes or boots with Premium Footwear Shield. This applies a finish that is water repellent, and resistant to dirt and oil too. It doesn’t affect the breathability of any mesh sections.
Wearing the shoes in the wet after adding this, I found they only needed just a quick wipe over after the ride.
Also in the box is Muc-Off’s Foam Fresh, which you squirt inside to clean them and leave all of them smelling fresh. This stuff expands a fair bit, and at 1st it can be a little bit OMG as your shoes fill up with foam, but it soon dissipates plus dries quickly.
Overall, I found each element of the particular kit to work well, and Muc-Off says the liquids are water-based and don’t contain any chemicals harmful to your shoes, your feet or the environment.
The whole thing – that’s the three cleaning products, a microfibre cloth, a brush and a bag to keep it all in – will set you back £29. 99. To start with I thought that might be a bit pricey, but you don’t need much per application so it’s going to last a fair while. Also, if you have spent hundreds of pounds on some bling shoes, this seems well worth it to keep them fresh.
You could also look at the Lake Shoe Care Kit for £25, although that is primarily designed for Lake’s own range of leather shoes.
Sneaky offers its more generic Complete Shoe Cleaning Kit which includes a range of similar products for £19. 99.
If you are using this to look after your own shoes as you go, it does a very good job, but don’t expect miracles on old, abandoned and stained shoes. It’s not the cheapest, but if your shoes are expensive it’s a worthy investment for prolonging that new look plus feel.
Keeps your kicks looking clean and smelling fresh with minimal work
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road. cc test report
Make and model: Muc-Off Premium Bike Footwear Care Kit
Size tested: 6-IN-1 KIT
Tell us what the product is for and who it’s aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Muc-Off says, “The Muc-Off Bike Shoe Treatment Kit is packed with everything you need to show your shoes some love. There’s a cutting-edge hydrophobic rain repellent, super-effective shoe cleaner, premium brush and microfibre cloth so you can freshen up your MTB or road shoes – no matter how grimy or muddy they get. It contains all the tools to get your shoes looking factory fresh. No more excuses for not sending it on rainy days! ”
It’s a substantial range of products that works on everything from road shoes and boots that need a wipe in order to downright dirty gravel shoes.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Premium Bike Shoe Scrubber:
Synthetic PP bristles easily get rid of grime plus mud
Handcrafted wood handle
Screen printed Muc-Off logo
Great for all-around cleaning
Tough upon stubborn stains
Premium Bike Shoe Cleaner:
Biodegradable, environmentally friendly, water-based formula
Powerful cleaning performance
Doesn’t compromise breathability
Suitable and safe – specifically designed for bike shoes
Safe on technical fabrics, suede, nubuck, leather and other fabrics*
Perfect for preparing your footwear for new waterproofing/re-proofer treatments such as Muc-Off
Premium Footwear Shield
Handy sized 250ml spray container
Premium Shoes Shield:
Suitable and safe to use – specifically designed for bike shoes
Advanced polymer technology offers excellent performance without using harmful chemicals
Safe on technical fabrics, suede, nubuck, leather and other fabrics*
Added conditioning additives for leather-based, nubuck and suede
Hydrophobic – offers excellent water repellency
Improves resistance to dust and oil
Effective without heat activation
Handy sized 250ml spray bottle
Grey Microfibre Cloth:
Super-soft, high-quality cloth
Safe to use on all surfaces
Deep-pile material traps grime deep in the pile of the cloth preventing scratches or swirling
Split-fibre technology for increased absorbency
Great for cleansing the inside of shoes
Gently agitates grime and dirt
Smells rad with citric burst fragrance
Looks the business
Keeps all your bike footwear essentials together
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Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
All of the items work well at cleaning sneakers and protecting them from further bad weather.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The Footwear Shield makes subsequent cleans easier.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It doesn’t clean mesh materials very well if they’re heavily stained.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on street. cc?
It’s a bit pricier than Lake’s offering, although Lake’s version is intended primarily for leather shoes. Other non-cycling specific kits can be cheaper, such as that through Sneaky.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
There is quite a lot of kit within the box and it all works well, providing you aren’t trying to restore seriously stained shoes. For all other applications though, it’s impressive.
I usually ride: This month’s test bike My best bike is: B’Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I’ve been riding regarding: Over 20 years We ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I actually regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,