What is the orange made of on the Pele toe? I was running and when I looked down the black had rubbed off..
This one's gonna be a tough one and I don't have the best answer yet.
It appears that the Pele toebox is made of some kind of ultra-sensitive suede variant (in other words, not the same kind of DURABUCK that Nike's used on the Tokyo URLS). I write "ultra-sensitive" because it stains easily and when you try to gently rub off the stain, the orange comes off too. See, I've had my Hawaii's for a coupla weeks now and after wearing them for just a day or two, I noticed that the black upper rubbed off onto the orange toebox. When I used an old tee shirt to rub out the stain, the orange came off onto the tee which then made one part of the shoe look lighter than the rest--so I had to clean the whole toebox in order to even out the shade which, in turn, made the whole toebox look faded and 6 months older than it really is. Bah.
So how do I clean them?
No easy answer here: you either wear them carefully and less often than you like, or try and gently clean the entire toebox and have shoes that look a few months older than they really are.
The Hawaii's are hella comfy, but they don't seem to be clean-able in the ordinary sense of shoe cleaning. Any tips from Hawaii owners would be appreciated.