As the summer temperatures heat up, so does the climate inside your shoes. These humid conditions can be a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to a range of foot issues. To remedy this dilemma, these are many non-animal leather and natural textile fabrics that can be easily thrown in the washing machine. While you probably should not do this all that regularly, this occasional ritual can refresh your shoes to keep them feeling clean and looking like new.
However, please note that it is important to take note of any special care instructions. Typically, shoes should be washed on the gentle cycle in cold water. And, they always should be left out to air dry. Another tip to keep in mind: Whenever possible, you should make sure to remove the insoles. While some can be washed by hand, others can only be aired out.
Here, FN has pulled together a wardrobe of washable looks ready for any summer adventure.
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1. Rothy’s Pointed Toe Flat
Crafted from a 3D knit material made from recycled water bottles, sustainability is woven in these shoes. They are designed to conform to your foot without requiring much break-in time and can be laundered with the washing machine. Once you separate the removable insoles from the shoes, you can wash both parts in cold water and let them air dry.
2. Allbirds Wool Runner
These sneakers are crafted from recycled merino wool and are both moisture-wicking and machine washable. While the shoes designed to minimize odor, you can throw then in the wash after several uses to make them look like new. To launder the sneakers, take out the insoles and the laces. Place the bare shoes in a mesh bag (those used for delicates) and rinse them in a gentle cycle with cold water. Allow them to air dry after shaking off excess water.
3. Arcopedico L15 slip-on
Designed to conform to your unique foot shape, these slip-ones are a great option for those struggling with hammertoes and bunions. They are made from Lycra for comfort and polyurethane, which makes them breathable and water-resistant. Crafted without leather materials, these shoes can be thrown into the washer and let them air dry to refresh them anytime.
4. Propet Walker Slide
This easy-to-wear clog features a leather-and-breathable mesh upper craftsmanship, making it easy to wash in the machine. They feature an EVA midsole for extra foot and arch support. The shoe also has a removable cushioned insole for the footbed. To launder, make sure to first take out this removable portion and let them air dry to preserve the fabric and shape of the shoes.
5. Superga Cotu Classic Sneakers
As a wardrobe fixture to pair with any casual outfit, this lace-up style has a sleek low-top silhouette. It features an unlined cotton canvas upper, a soft textile lining, a cushioned non-removable footbed, and a textured outer sole for traction and durability. To keep these staple white sneakers nice and bright, you can wrap these shoes in a pillowcase and wash them in cold water with powder (not liquid) detergent. Leave them to air dry.
6. Keds Women’s Washable Chillax Sneakers
Designed to feel broken-in out of the box, these lightweight shoes are crafted from a washed twill textile upper and feature removable footbeds and a cushioned insole for additional comfort. They have a laceless silhouette to easily put on and remove. The sneakers can be thrown in the washing machine and set to air dry after laundering.
7. Greats The Royale Knit Sneaker
Each pair of these sneakers are made from seven recycled plastic bottles and are 100% vegan. They feature footbeds with anti-microbial properties and contain zero traces of virgin plastics. The soles are crafted from rubber with a branded tread pattern and have 100% waxed cotton laces. These knit shoes are machine washable, too, and can be left to air dry before wearing.
8. Rothy’s Slip-On Sneakers
These knit slide-on shoes are crafted from recycled plastic bottles and sustainably produced. They feature a seamless design with the brand’s signature no break-in silhouette that conforms to your foot’s natural shape. The low top slip-ons have matching insoles and come in fun patterns like white rainbow, as pictured below, and leopard print, as well as various neutral shades. To launder, put them in the washing machine with cold water and allow to air dry.
Allbirds Tree Breezers
This eco-friendly option is constructed using eucalyptus fiber and features a fitted collar. The ballet flat silhouette offers a sugarcane outer sole with a castor bean oil and merino wool insole for extra comfort. These lining materials also work to reduce odors and are moisture-wicking. They are carbon-neutral and machine-washable, too. To clean, place them the washer in cold water and let them air dry before wearing. There are various color options, ranging from black, brown, grey, and beige to mint and pink.