Birkenstock Care Tips
While no shoe lasts a lifetime, with proper care and periodic repair, Birkenstock sandals, clogs, and shoes can provide you with years of comfort. Here are some tips to keep your footwear looking good for years to come:
Avoid Extreme Heat
If your Birkenstock footwear has cork footbeds or EVA soles, both can be damaged by exposure to concentrated heat. Do not leave your shoes in direct sunlight or in closed cars on warm days. Keep Birkenstock footwear away from campfires, fireplaces, and indoor radiators. If your shoes become wet, allow them to air dry slowly, away from direct heat.
Apply Cork Sealant
Birkenstock sandals and clogs (with exposed cork footbeds) come with a light coating of cork sealant on the exposed cork edge. This prevents the cork from drying out. When your cork no longer looks shiny, apply a thin coat of Birkenstock Cork Life® to protect the cork from the elements.
Renew or Replace Worn Soles
Prolong the life of your Birkenstock footwear with heel and toe taps. They should be applied when the EVA soles have been worn down to within about 1/4" of the cork footbed. When worn down more than this, replace the soles. If your soles tend to wear unevenly, repair them promptly to ensure your feet remain correctly balanced. Be sure to use only original Birkenstock repair materials.
Care for Footprints™ Shoes
When the soles show signs of heavy wear, contact your Birkenstock retailer to replace the soles. The inner cork footbed is also repairable and replaceable.
Care for Birki’s® and Birki® Clogs
When the polyurethane sole gets dirty, just hose it off! If you wear them in saltwater, be sure to spray them off with fresh water right away to avoid salt corrosion.
Clean and Protect Uppers
To keep your Birkenstock footwear looking as good as it feels, follow these easy steps:
Nubuck/Suede: Keep uppers looking fresh with our Birkenstock Nubuck & Suede Kit. Use Birkenstock Leather Lotion to remove stubborn spots. (The nubuck block is not recommended for embossed nubuck as it may remove the embossed appearance.) Our Suede & Nubuck Renew product can be used to revitalize and enhance the color of your suede and nubuck footwear. Leather: Clean and condition smooth leather with Birkenstock Leather Cleaner. Use matching polish to renew scuffed leather.
Embossed Leather: Use a leather balm to clean and polish the leather. To refresh the color, use a shoe cream.
Birko-Flor™ and Birkibuc™: Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Try Birkenstock Leather Cleaner to remove stubborn stains.
Birko-Felt™: Use a damp cloth and soapy water to loosen the stain and the brush from the Nubuck/Suede Kit to brush the stain away. Repeat as needed.
Protect Uppers: Use Birkenstock Leather Saver to protect your leather, suede, and nubuck from water, stains, and dirt. It also protects natural fabrics (linen, wool, etc.) and synthetic materials (Birko-Flor, Birkibuc, etc.).
Clean Your Footbed
Use Birkenstock Footbed Cleaner to prolong the life of your footwear. This special formula penetrates the footbed to remove odors, dirt, oils, and perspiration.
Please note: Although we buy only the highest quality leather and test it for colorfastness, dyed leathers will sometimes shed their color. Please be very careful with delicate or light colored socks, especially when your Birkenstock footwear is new!
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