+1 Febreeze works wonders. I've worn my SCs for about a year and a half (not everyday but often) and have never washed them. The soaking will fade the fades unless the fades are deep. With 4 months (continuous) of wear you probably have some decent fades that could withstand a soak. Then again, I've never soaked. Well there goes my credit (if I ever had any).
hahaha yeahhh i just couldn't bring myself to soak them tonight, earlier someone asked if I could smell the stench ^ and the answer is ONLY when i smell them up close but yeah im thinking about just doing the "anti microbial febreeze followed by hang dry" thing. as far as fading goes the whiskering is coming along amazing, as well as the honeycomb behind the knee. I guess im just impatient about the six months thx guys