Birkenstocks are one of the most comfortable and environmentally friendly shoes on the market. Made of sustainable materials, including soft suede, leather, rubber, and cork, the versatile, unisex shoes come in a variety of styles and colours. 

One of the reasons for their popularity is the supportive soles that mould to the natural shape of your feet. Made of rubber and cork, the hypoallergenic sandals will last for years with proper care.

Keeping the cork-made sole clean will reduce the stains and odours that are caused by sweat, dirt, oils, and skin cells. Birkenstock makes a special cleaner to wash the dirt from your sandals, but there are several household items that you can use to wash your Birkenstocks. 

Remove Dust and Dirt

When dust, sand, and other dry debris get on your shoes, simply wipe them with a paper towel to remove the dirt. An old toothbrush is also effective in removing any dry dirt particles from the Birkenstock cork. 

Damp Clothes and Wet Wipes 

Wearing Birkenstocks regularly will discolour the sole and make it smelly over time. Sweat, bacteria, sloughed skin cells, natural oils, and other substances get into the material, causing the cork to look and smell dirty. At least once per month, clean your Birkenstock cork soles by brushing the uppers. 

Dry Naturally

Never leave Birkenstocks in the sunlight or near heat sources to dry. The high heat will dry out the cork and erode its contouring, so the shoe will not mould to your feet.   

Remove Dark Spots

Dark spots will eventually form on the Birkenstock cork sole. These unsightly blemishes can be easily removed by gently rubbing the area with fine sandpaper. 


The Birkenstock company makes a special footbed cleaner that is ideal for the tough stains. But other natural home products can be used for lighter cleaning jobs.

Birkenstocks are timeless sandals that continue to be one of the most popular choices of footwear for all genders and ages. The naturally supportive, versatile sandal comes in several styles and colours, making them a must-have in your shoe collection. 

Learning how to clean your Birkenstocks regularly will keep them looking and feeling their best for years. If you’re looking for your next pair of Birkenstock sandals, check out our wide selection online or visit us in-store.