Prevent your Space Jam soles from yellowing

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 8 years ago '08        #1
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LegalTrappeRx 39 heat pts39
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Prevent your Space Jam soles from yellowing
 

 

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Our recent purchase of the Air Jordan 11 Space Jams brings up a great opportunity to discuss a vital issue. At one point of your life as a sneakerhead, you have been faced with this dilemma. How do you keep you icy soles from yellowing? Before looking at some potential solutions, let’s first understand the process of how our icy soles get yellow.

Whether you kept them in your closet or wore them vigorously, keeping your soles icy is quite inevitable. Why? Because the yellowing happens due to a process called oxidation. Oxidation is the combination of a substance with oxygen. Sadly, when your icy soles are exposed to oxygen, they turn yellow! How in the world can you prevent them from turning yellow then?

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If you wear your shoes, yellowing of the soles can’t be avoided. So, you are going to have to accept that you are NOT going to be wearing these shoes. Now some of you guys are probably thinking: “I just paid $175 for these Space Jams, I am wearing them!”. As a collector, I personally like to buy multiple pairs of my holy grails. In this case, I wear one pair and keep the other pair on ice. But not all of us can afford more than one pair so lets discuss best ways of keep you soles icy as long as possible.


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Stay off grass, dirt, gravel and things of the sort. If you are walking with your friends and they take a shortcut via the grass, do yourself a favor and walk around. It’s NOT worth it. Do not wear in the rain! Water is your worst enemy. Water will give you the nice yellow bottom for sure… No rain or snow puddles because moisture and oxygen = yellow soles.

“As the inventor of Sea Glow, I thought you all might be interested in how it works, how it should be used, and the precautions you should take. Visit islandgirlproducts.com to order Sea Glow. Yellowing on the surface of white or clear synthetic rubber is due to surface oxidation and staining, and will be removed by Sea Glow or Island Girl Pink. However, yellowing that goes down deep into the sole is mainly due to the natural slightly yellow color of the rubber that, when new, is corrected by a flourescent “optical brightener”, which eventually stops working and HAS to be activated by the small amount in UV in regular daylight. By soaking down into the rubber, the highly flourescent additives in Sea Glow will neutralize the yellowness, but only in the presence of sunlight. Once this has happened, the rubber will stay this way as long as it sees daylight every few days (sort of like a battery being charged). On solid white rubber, the Sea Glow does not need to penetrate very far at all.”
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32 comments for "Prevent your Space Jam soles from yellowing"

 8 years ago '08        #2
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Just purchased a bottle so I'll update you once I give a try.
 12-26-2009, 03:16 PM         #3
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 8 years ago '07        #4
cankstoochie 48 heat pts48
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 NO RELIGION said:
Clear nail polish on the bottom of your sole will not only keep them clean but will prevent them from turning yellow.
i never thought of that. i might try that. seems logical. thats whats up.
 8 years ago '06        #5
realgunta 751 heat pts751
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ona real, i honestly cant be bothered to stop a shoe from looking old.
 8 years ago '04        #6
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are there any damages that can occur from the misuse of this product? Should you use it BEFORE they turn yellow, or when it starts to turn yellow? Also, it says that it will correct already yellowed soles, can anyone confirm this?

I think I'ma get a bottle and test it on some OLD shoes first before using them on my dope joints like space jams/grapes/foamposites
 8 years ago '04        #7
infam0uskills 15 heat pts15
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misuse of this product can cause the sneaker to seperate from the sole if u dont know what youre doing.

the soles will turn yellow, cant stop it only delay it.
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 8 years ago '04        #8
Aesop730 14 heat pts14
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They are gonna turn yellow if let them sit , only way is if you wrap them in plastic and dont wear them like they are meant ... A good scrubing every now and then will do you good .. Its like aging you can slow it , but not stop it .
 8 years ago '08        #9
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 Aesop730 said:
They are gonna turn yellow if let them sit , only way is if you wrap them in plastic and dont wear them like they are meant ... A good scrubing every now and then will do you good .. Its like aging you can slow it , but not stop it .
a.ssuming that seaglow stuff works, you're suppose to seal the soles with a sealant or like someone mentioned earlier, clear nail polish. There are ways to avoid the yellowing.
 8 years ago '04        #10
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damn I hope it works but I aint goin to wear mines anyways....
 12-28-2009, 11:09 PM         #11
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that's why the red gum soles>>>>>>>>>>>>
 12-28-2009, 11:09 PM         #12
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 kenoe212004 said:
damn I hope it works but I aint goin to wear mines anyways....
n*gga did you read where even if you let them sit they are still going to turn yellow?
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 KarteL13 said:
Assuming that seaglow stuff works, you're suppose to seal the soles with a sealant or like someone mentioned earlier, clear nail polish. There are ways to avoid the yellowing.
Nope ..
 8 years ago '04        #14
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 infam0uskills said:
misuse of this product can cause the sneaker to seperate from the sole if u dont know what youre doing.

the soles will turn yellow, cant stop it only delay it.
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that ALONE will cause me not to use that product
 8 years ago '04        #15
infam0uskills 15 heat pts15
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man just store them in a dark spot and cool, u good to go.

I had my DMP XI maddd icey, started wearing it this year and turned slightly yellow in the middle of the sole. Its inevitable that these sole will yellow.
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 8 years ago '07        #16
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Yeah Sea Glow works wonders on yellow'd soles. However as stated above if the sea glow gets on the glue that holds the icey soles to the mid sole they will seperate. There's alot of info on issforums in the customs and restoration threads. Do research before you jump in the deep end on this one.
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infam0uskills 15 heat pts15
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 oitsjusthim said:
Yeah Sea Glow works wonders on yellow'd soles. However as stated above if the sea glow gets on the glue that holds the icey soles to the mid sole they will seperate. There's alot of info on issforums in the customs and restoration threads. Do research before you jump in the deep end on this one.
id even take the extreme of buying/finding some XI beaters to test on, just to get a feel of what youre doing. You dont want your spacejams be the first shoe you try seaglow on.

Theres pros/cons with seaglow, id suggest you check issforums or niketalk for their shoe care threads. There are pros on those sites that are trusted and ACTUALLY KNOWS their s**t. Boxden has people that are knowledgeable but i rather go to where sneaker heads go for info and answers
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 Tommy_Bunz said:
that's why the red gum soles>>>>>>>>>>>>
i got both pairs so i aint trippin. im just gonna wear the red soles more often than the clear space jams instead!
 8 years ago '05        #19
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 infam0uskills said:
id even take the extreme of buying/finding some XI beaters to test on, just to get a feel of what youre doing. You dont want your spacejams be the first shoe you try seaglow on.

Theres pros/cons with seaglow, id suggest you check issforums or niketalk for their shoe care threads. There are pros on those sites that are trusted and ACTUALLY KNOWS their s**t. Boxden has people that are knowledgeable but i rather go to where sneaker heads go for info and answers
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pretty much
 8 years ago '05        #20
Mc PushA 37 heat pts37
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dayuuuuum I dont no weither to cop it or not cuz I dont wanna spen 300 just have have these things turn p!ss yellow in a year
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