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can birkenstocks be washed?

(30 Posts)
themildmannneredjanitor Sun 21-Sep-08 20:49:04

my gloriously comfy birkies are decidedly whiffy.

can they be chucked in the machine do you klnow?

hana Sun 21-Sep-08 20:50:06


Bewilderbeast Sun 21-Sep-08 20:50:18

i don't think so but you can get some suede and leather combination cleaning spray which is quite good and means you can wipe them over with a damp cloth

BoysAreLikeDogs Sun 21-Sep-08 20:51:34

mmj I have a pair of size 6 birkies that I don't wear you can have

CAT me


norkmaiden Sun 21-Sep-08 20:53:14

have washed mine - they came out fine!

themildmannneredjanitor Sun 21-Sep-08 21:06:45

aww thanks bald-but i wear a size 9!

so we think no eh?
just norkmaiden saying yes..mmmmm...will hold out for some more answers i think

themildmannneredjanitor Sun 21-Sep-08 21:07:21

birkies aren't actually leather are they? aren't they some funny fabric?

Lubyloo Sun 21-Sep-08 21:09:33

I scrub my Birkenstocks in hot water with bio washing powder. They came out clean and smelling sweet. No damage done at all.

TillyScoutsmum Sun 21-Sep-08 21:13:35

I've hand washed mine and they're fine. Haven't quite got the guts to put them in the machine though - I'm worried the corky stuff will break up and bugger the machine

BoysAreLikeDogs Sun 21-Sep-08 21:17:56

Okey doke


Think they are cork soles and leather straps.

here £22.95

loads of offers on amazon

So you could bung 'em in the machine, replace realatively cheaply if it all goes 'orribly wrong

themildmannneredjanitor Sun 21-Sep-08 22:29:31

i think i will have a go at the hand washing.
they are so comfy now i ahve worn them in i would hate to have to start again.

i now need to find something equally comfy for the winter.

Dragonbutter Sun 21-Sep-08 22:31:19

Boys, i'm a 6. just so you know.wink
[on the scrounge emoticon]

brimfull Sun 21-Sep-08 22:32:59

i thought they weren't supposed to get wet

mine are getting whiffy as well

BoysAreLikeDogs Sun 21-Sep-08 22:33:22

CAT me DB.

They are not This Year's model, I just could not get on with them

Dragonbutter Mon 22-Sep-08 20:34:59

blush at my rudeness.
have catted you anyway!

janmoomoo Tue 23-Sep-08 13:33:35

I hand washed mine by scrubbing them over the sink with Vanish and a nail brush. Got them pretty wet but not submerged IYSWIM. They came out beautiful, the inner soles dont look manky anymore.

onceinalifetime Tue 23-Sep-08 13:38:18

I've done the same as janmoomoo and they came out fine.

MamaG Tue 23-Sep-08 13:39:04

oh GOD just bin the fugly things

Carriad Mon 06-Jun-11 18:15:12

Just taken the plunge (well my Birkies did anyway!) and washed them by hand - so stinky couldn't stand it any more! Just waiting for them to dry out on a towel. While we are on this subject matter, any suggestions/advice for a pair that have begun to make an embarrasing 'squelchy' sound when I walk - reminiscent of a fart! I do get some strange looks, so much that I have stopped wearing them out. I LOVE them and they are the comfiest shoes ever so PLEASE any solutions, tried and tested preferably, would be much appreciated!

treesinthebreeze Mon 06-Jun-11 20:55:39

I've machine washed mine many times and they are fine. Some of the cork at the front is starting to break but that's probably because I've been wearing them for 3 years! Mine got so whiffy blush that it was either throw them away or chance them in the machine so had nothing to lose really.

milkysmum Mon 06-Jun-11 20:59:37

Carriad-My new ones do the squelchy noise too- would love to know how to stop this!!!

BelleOfTheBawl Mon 06-Jun-11 21:29:04

OP you can buy birkenstock trainers and boots boots again and more boots that might do you for when it's too cold for regulasr birkies

Millie1 Mon 06-Jun-11 21:42:53

Are Birkies really actually comfortable and good for lots of walking? I tried a pair of Madrids on at the weekend and the strap felt very stiff - does it soften up? Is it worth taking a chance and which style is best for walking lots - mustn't have a toe post!! Bit of a hijack but thanks grin

Ixia Mon 06-Jun-11 21:57:49

I have Madrids, yes they do soften up, felt a bit stiff and awkward at first, but as they were only £19 in TKMaxx, it was worth taking a chance on them. I'm glad I did as they are sooo comfy, yet they still look smart and haven't gone all tatty looking like other similar style sandals.

Btw TKMaxx has them at £22 at the moment, colours are a bit random though.

Selks Mon 06-Jun-11 22:03:55

I bought these Birkenstocks in the spring and (weather allowing) they've hardly been off my feet either. Comfiest sandals ever, and look great under jeans. These

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