Step 1For our example, we will use a “typical” outdoor shoe that has two removable parts: the laces and the insole. To start with the cleaning, remove the laces and the insole from the main body of the shoe. These smaller parts can be thrown into a washing machine at 30° (wash cold 65-85F). We recommend tying the two ends of the laces together to form a single loop, as they can sometimes snake and get lost into the sides of washing machines. To dry, simply hang them on the line as you would any other piece of clothing – all easy so far.
Laces off, insole out
Remember: machine washing is for laces and insoles. Shoe bodies themselves are best washed by hand. If the insole and/or laces are badly worn, you can purchase a replacement from a shoemaker or a specialist store.