Birkenstock Care and Repair Tips
While no shoe lasts a lifetime, with proper 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.
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.
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 and use 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 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 leather cleaner to remove stubborn stains.
Birko-Felt: Use a damp cloth and soapy water to loosen the stain and a small brush to brush the stain away. Repeat as needed.
Protect Uppers: Use Leather Protector 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.).
If you wear your Birkenstocks in salt water, be sure to spray them off with fresh water right away to avoid salt corrosion.
When you buy a new pair of Birkenstock footwear, you're investing in your own health and comfort. While no shoes last forever, one of the wonderful things about Birkenstock footwear is that it is repairable.
With proper care, your Birkenstock footwear can give you years of comfort.
The following is just a sampling of the ways you can renew your Birkenstock footwear:
- Resole your sandals/clogs.
- Resole tread on your trekking shoes and boots.
- Add heel or toe taps to extend the wear of your sole.
- Repair the cork.
- Replace buckles and rivets.
- Reline the footbed with leather or suede.
- Replace the footbed.
- If you wish to keep your upper, you can replace just the footbed and sole.
- Hand-stitched resole for Footprints® or Tatami®clogs and shoes.
It's important that your Birkenstock footwear is repaired with genuine Birkenstock materials.