Research shows that teens like to show their experiences and get dirty with their trainers to impress their friends.

  • Research has shown that children may not want to wash their shoes.
  • An investigation of sixteen- and 19-year-olds over three years found that trainers are very dirty. 
  • You do it to impress your friends, and keep memories of sweaty gigs. 










Many parents know the frustration of trying – and failing – to persuade their teenage children to clean their dirty trainers.

Researchers now know why people might hesitate to take out a damp towel. 

A three-year study of 16 to 19-year-olds found they like to keep their trainers filthy to impress friends and ‘show off their life experiences’ – preserving memories of sweaty gigs and muddy music festivals. 

A three-year study of 16 to 19-year-olds found they like to keep their trainers filthy to impress friends and ‘show off their life experiences’

Research leader Dr Naomi Braithwaite said teenagers felt that cleaning their trainers risked ¿erasing their meaningfulness¿

Research leader Dr Naomi Braithwaite said teenagers felt that cleaning their trainers risked ‘erasing their meaningfulness’

Research leader Dr Naomi Braithwaite said teenagers felt that cleaning their trainers risked ‘erasing their meaningfulness’.

Nottingham Trent University conducted a study on the shoe preferences of Generation Z youth, born into a image-led social media society.

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