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    Do not wash Skechers that glow in the dark or are designed for performance. Similar to how Skechers eventually wear out when you wash them, your performance shoes will quickly degrade in the machine. Additionally, light-up shoes cannot be washed in a washing machine without damaging the lights.

    • The Skechers website has a photo gallery that should help you identify the model of shoes you have.
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    Make use of a rag to wipe off any excess dirt from your shoes. You should brush off the dirt from your shoes before you reach for the water. Use whatever you have on hand, be it a rag, an old toothbrush, a sponge, a towel, or whatever else needs cleaning.

    • Cleaning your Skechers won't spread the dirt around as much if you brush off the excess dirt first.


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    In a cup of warm water, add a few drops of laundry detergent. Add the detergent to the water and stir until suds form. [2]

    • Warm water speeds up the cleaning process and should be used instead of cold.
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    Use the rag and soapy water to scrub the inside and outside of your shoes. To clean up, simply submerge your rag, toothbrush, or towel in the sudsy water. Get the dust and dirt off your shoes. Don't forget the shoes' bottoms! To complete the cleaning process, remove the insoles if they are present and give them a quick brush down.

    • Pay close attention to any particularly dirty areas of your shoes.
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    Get some clean water and a rag, and wipe down those shoes. Have a clean bowl of water and a clean towel, rag, or sponge handy. Use a clean, dry cloth to remove the soap from your shoes. Pay special attention to the seams. Performance shoes are the athletic version of Skechers and will break down faster if you put them in the washing machine

    • If you must wipe your shoes down, try not to soak them.
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    Dry the shoes and inserts naturally. Put your shoes somewhere that is dry, cool, and airy. Let washed insoles dry completely before putting them back into your shoes. Don't be impatient and throw your shoes in the dryer before giving them a few days to air dry completely.

    • Dryer heat can seriously warp your footwear by melting the glue and leather.
    • To hasten the drying process, place a fan in close proximity to your shoes.


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    Put the shoes in a delicates bag without the laces and they'll be safe. Pack your shoes in a pillow case if you don't have a delicates bag. To get the best results, use a white, thin pillowcase. Make sure the pillow case is securely fastened or the delicates bag is zip-closed.

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    Put your footwear through a cold wash cycle with detergent. Even though you're only washing the shoes, use the detergent meant for a full load of laundry. Heat from the machine can cause the layers of your shoes to separate, so keep the temperature low. 2

    • It's normal for your shoes to make a little noise in the washer as they get washed.
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    Dry your footwear and insoles naturally. Before putting insoles back into shoes after washing, give them time to dry in the air. Put your shoes somewhere dry. Depending on the humidity where you live, drying your shoes could take several days.

    • Skechers may come apart at the seams if dried in a dryer.


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    Suede, nubuck, and leather shoes should never be machine-washed. Nubuck is a type of buffed leather, while suede is leather that has been rubbed to make it velvety. Don't put them in the washing machine or soak them in water because that will ruin the material.

    • Look up your shoes online or check the inside of the shoe for information about the type of leather used.
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    A suede brush is ideal for maintaining the look of your suede or nubuck footwear. Use light, swift strokes when brushing your shoes to protect the fabric. To complete the perfect look, brush the nap of your shoes in the same direction. [8]

    • You can use a crepe brush, a suede eraser block, or a brass wire brush in its place.
    • A used toothbrush can be a viable alternative. Advertisement
    • Never apply shoe polish or conditioner to a suede or nubuck shoe.
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    Soapy water and a rag can be used to clean leather that isn't suede or nubuck. Put some laundry detergent in hot water and place it in a small bowl. To clean leather, soak a rag in soapy water and then rub it on the material. Afterwards, rinse with clean water to remove the soap residue. [10]

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    You should spray your shoes with something to prevent water damage. In a shoe store, you can find both Skechers brand and generic shoe water-proofing sprays. Apply a coat of spray to the shoe's upper, wait a few minutes for it to dry, and then apply a second coat. Dab up any lingering residue with a towel. [11]

    • Spray your shoes in an open area with plenty of ventilation.
    • Wait a few hours for your shoes to dry before putting them on.


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    Take out the shoelaces and treat any stains with laundry detergent before washing. Untie your shoelaces and pull them out of the shoe's eyelets to remove them. Apply a small amount of laundry detergent or stain remover to a cotton swab and dab it on any stained areas of the laces. [12]

    • Eyelets where laces insert can be cleaned with soapy water and a toothbrush if desired.
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    The shoelaces should be washed in a delicates bag in the washing machine on a regular cycle. To prevent the laces from becoming tangled in the washing machine, place them in a delicates bag or a pillow case before washing. If you don't want your shoelaces to get tangled in the wash, put them in a delicates bag or tie them into a pillowcase.

    • You can throw them in the washer with your other clothes without worrying about them getting damaged.
    • Laces aren't fragile, so feel free to use your regular washing cycle on them.
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    Please hang the laces to dry. A drying rack or a towel can be used to air them out. Don't throw your shoelaces in the dryer because it could ruin them. Drying time for laces could be several hours.

    • Squeezing them in a towel before hanging them up can help them dry more quickly.
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    If you want white laces to stay white, soak them in a mixture of bleach and water for 30 minutes. Get a bowl and add some bleach to it and water. Soak the shoelaces for half an hour in the solution, and then thoroughly rinse them. [15]

    • It's important to protect your hands from bleach by always donning gloves.
    • To dry the laces, just hang them up as you normally would.


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    You should remove any mud or dirt from your shoes first, as it will dry and become difficult to remove. If so, go outside and clean your shoes with a hose. Clean shoes should be dried by placing them in a well-ventilated room with crumpled newspaper inside. In order to hasten the drying process, a fan can be placed next to the shoes.
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    California-based dry cleaning and shoe care company ButlerBox was founded by Marc Sigal. Pick up and drop off items at your leisure, day or night, in any of the convenient locations where ButlerBox has installed their custom-designed, wrinkle-resistant lockers. Marc earned his Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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  • Sponge, rag, or towel
  • Washing powder


  • Carrier for fragile items; pillowcase
  • Machine that does laundry
  • Cleansing agent for the washer and dryer


  • A brush made of suede
  • Towel
  • Washing powder
  • Spray for water resistance


  • Packaging for fragile items; pillowcase
  • Cleansing device for laundry
  • Detergent for washing machines
  • Bleach
  • Gloves

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Authorship of this piece was shared with Marc Sigal. Marc Sigal started the Los Angeles-based dry cleaning and shoe care company ButlerBox. ButlerBox installs secure, wrinkle-free lockers in convenient locations such as high-end apartment complexes, corporate office towers, shopping malls, and more, and they are accessible around the clock, every day of the year. Marc attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned a bachelor's degree in global and international studies. There have been 199,124 views of this article.

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