Whether you're a fan of the "ugly" shoe trend or a fan of comfort, Birkenstocks are a favorite among a wide spectrum of the fashion crowd—and for good reason! They're comfortable, and they add that laid-back je ne sais quoi to any cool and casual outfit. However, just like any other comfortable sandals that we use over and over again, they can get dirty. Fast. Don't worry, though—it's not the end of the world. With these five easy steps on how to clean your Birkenstocks, you won't have to result to your backup pair (at least not until you've completely worn out your first one).
Buy a Suede Brush
A suede brush is the easiest way to keep your Birkenstocks clean. By using the brush to wipe them out regularly, you avoid dirt and grass accumulation without damaging the actual shoes.
Scrub Off Stains With Baking Soda and Water
If even after your daily scrubs, a tricky stain persists, try a DIY cleaning method. Simply combine baking soda and water until paste forms, and rub it into the footbed of the shoes with an old toothbrush until the whole footbed is covered. Leave it overnight and rinse it in the morning to find your sandals looking noticeably cleaner.
Beware of Direct Sunlight When Drying
So, you've cleaned your sandals—great. Before you leave them outside to dry, though, find a cool place away from sunlight instead. According to the Birkenstock care page on the company's website, direct heat can make your shoes deteriorate faster.
Know When to Wear Them
We get it. Birkenstocks are extremely comfortable and can pull together a look effortlessly. But they don't have to be the sandals you wear when it's raining and, unavoidably, grimy/muddy. Make sure you always check the weather app before you dress in the morning as to take an extra measure to keep your sandals clean.
Invest in Birkenstock's Deluxe Shoe Care Kit
If you don't want to dedicate too much time to thinking about how exactly you're going to clean your Birkenstocks, the brand has you covered. Birkenstock sells a Deluxe Shoe Care Kit that has everything you need to keep your beloved sandals squeaky clean. Best part? It's under $20.
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