How to clean your shoes

There is nothing like a fresh and nice-looking pair of shoes on your feet when you are out and about doing what you do best.

Most of us love that feeling, but an active lifestyle can take a toll on your favorite pair of shoes. Therefore it's a good idea to know how you can properly clean them to keep you and your feet looking sharp for every situation.

Need a couple of simple tricks and tips on how to do that? Fear not as we give you great ways to effectively clean your shoes, no matter the material. Take a look below and learn how to keep your shoes fresh throughout your daily activities. 

How to deal with dirty leather shoes

Do you own a pair of Chelsea boots, business shoes or maybe high heels in leather? Whenever you like to dress business casual or need your leather shoes to look perfect for a special occasion, a good cleaning and care of the leather can make a big difference for looking completely sharp.

Here is how you can do it:

1 Start by removing the shoelaces. Then put in shoe trees or stuff them with newspaper to keep the form of the shoe.

2 Brush away dirt and wipe them with a damp cloth. Difficult spots or stains can be removed by applying ECCO Foam Leather Cleaner and let it dry for 15 minutes.

Tip: A smart trick is to mix a bit of water with white vinegar, which is especially effective against stains caused by road salt.

3 Gently massage ECCO Smooth Leather Care Cream onto the upper of the shoe and brush the shoe to help the cream penetrate into the leather. 

4 Apply shoe polish for a shiny new look or use ECCO Revive with a cloth for a high shine. Alternatively, you can put a bit of baking soda on a wet cloth for similar results. Let them dry and brush or wipe away any excess polish.

5 Finally, use a water repellant spray to better protect your shoes against the weather. Spray the ECCO Repel from 10inch away and allow it to dry for 15 minutes. 

How to save your suede shoes

“But stay off of my blue suede shoes” as Elvis famously sang. Suede is a special material, that for many is a highly fashionable and timeless alternative to leather. Do you also cherish your suede shoes as much as the king of rock n’ roll?

Here is how you can clean and take care of your shoes with four simple steps:

1 A brush made for suede can be used as a simple treatment for many spot stains.

Tip: To remove scuffs you can gently use a pencil eraser and then a brush. 

2 If your suede shoes require more cleaning, use a shampoo made for suede or simply use soap and water.

3 Apply the mixed soap and water with firm circular motions.

4 Wash the shoes with clean water and dry them with a towel.

How to get a fantastic finish on your fabric shoes

Sneakers, sandals and more. Fabric shoes come in many forms. If you own a white pair of shoes, you probably already know how hard it is to keep them clean and fresh. As wearing plastic bags around your shoes for protection is not always a feasible or fashionable option, taking good care of them is the only solution.

1 Brush or wipe away any excess dirt with a damp cloth.

2 Mix water and a little bit of dishwashing soap.


3 Grab an old toothbrush and brush the water mix gently onto the upper.


4 Use a damp paper towel to remove the excess soap.

5 Put paper towels inside the shoes and let them air dry.

Can you put your shoes in the washing machine?

In your active adventures, the road can take you anywhere and your shoes can quickly become dirty and worst of all smelly. Luckily you often have the opportunity to solve the two problems at once. If you are the proud owner of a pair of shoes with materials like cotton, nylon, or polyester, it can most likely be cleaned in the washing machine. Always check that the shoes do indeed endure machine washing.

Simply follow these steps for a safe and clean result:

1 Firstly, you should remove laces and soles, which can be washed separately.

2 Use a brush or a cloth to remove any excessive dirt.

3 Then put your shoes in a mesh garment bag to protect them during centrifugation. 

Tip: Another simple and smart trick to keep your shoes safe in the washing machine is to throw in a towel or two. This will prevent the shoes from making loud banging noises while washing, as well as providing balance to the washing load.

4 Wash your shoes using regular detergent and cold water at medium centrifugation. 

5 When finished washing, you should always air dry your shoes.

6 A final tip is to spray your soles with a disinfectant cleaner for shoes to avoid strong smells and the potential development of fungus that could ruin your favorite pair.

You are now ready to seize the day with shoes that look just as fresh as when you first bought them. Do you need shoe care products to simplify the process and maximize the results? Take a look at our shoe care for women and men shoes.