How to clean shoes in the washer (without ruining them)



After a good machine wash, these shoes look almost as good as new.

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Stepping in a mud puddle doesn’t mean you need to handwash your shoes. You can get them clean quickly in the washing machine, instead. There are some important tips to follow to keep your shoes from falling apart in the washer, though. Here’s what you need to know.

What shoes to wash

Some shoes are perfect for machine washing while others aren’t. Canvas and pleather (fake leather) casual shoes are best, typically.  

Leather shoes are a no-go in general unless they are already beat and you don’t mind if the upper is creased. Skip machine washing more formal shoes like heels and don’t try this trick with boots.


If your shoe has any black scuffs around the sides, go over the area…

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