How to Care for Your Birkenstocks

Birkenstock is well-known for its outstanding comfort and dedication to utilising high-quality materials in the footwear industry. Each material chosen for crafting their shoes and sandals is carefully selected to achieve a blend of colour diversity, design excellence, and unmatched comfort. However, it's essential to understand how to properly care for Birkenstocks based on their varying materials, as each necessitates specific care techniques. To assist you in maintaining your Birkenstocks and ensuring they remain dependable and comfortable for many years, we've curated a thorough and user-friendly care guide.

Material Matters

Cleaning your Birkenstocks involves understanding the nuances of their materials. Here's how to maintain the freshness of each type:

Leather Birkenstocks

Smooth Leather: Keep this leather rich in colour and shine by using leather shoe wipes or a foam shoe cleaner for any dirt. To maintain their look and feel, apply high-quality smooth leather cream.

    Natural/Oiled Leather: The uniqueness of natural oiled leather grows over time. Restore and preserve their colour using a good leather conditioner. Embrace the scratches and marks; they add character and can be gently faded by rubbing.

      Metallic Leather: Handle with care to prevent scratches and scuffs on this attractive upper. Avoid corrosive liquids, and consider using a transparent leather cream for protection.

        Suede Leather: Suede leather is soft against the foot and feels amazing. Use a waterproofing spray before wearing it to protect the suede. For cleaning, use a suede brush and specific conditioners.

          Nubuck Leather: Think of this leather as the middle ground between suede and oiled leather. Use a nubuck rubber for cleaning and consider waterproofing for protection.

          Non-leather Birkenstocks


          Birko-Flor: This synthetic leather closely resembles the look and feel of real leather. Keep them clean by wiping them with a damp cloth.

          BirkiBuc: It's synthetic nubuck leather, offering a look similar to oiled leather. Clean them by lightly brushing over the upper with a soft plastic bristle suede brush.

          Vegan Birkenstocks


           The vegan options by Birkenstock maintain the original footbed shape and support. Clean the Microfiber lining using a soft plastic brush.

          EVA Birkenstocks


          EVA Birkenstocks are easy to clean and ideal for water-related activities. Rinse them with water or wash them with mild soap and water.

          Caring for your Birkenstocks involves using specific care techniques tailored to the materials they're made of. Remember, Birkenstocks are more than just footwear; they are an investment in comfort and style. By following these guidelines, you can preserve the quality and longevity of your Birkenstocks, providing your feet with the comfort and support they deserve. At FootMotion, we're committed to helping you preserve the life and comfort of your Birkenstocks, so you can continue to enjoy them for years to come. Stay tuned for more Birkenstock tips and updates from FootMotion.