Who does not love Skechers? The millennial brand that has been making the mark for their shoes and sneakers has given a new definition to active sportswear. Their materials are so comfortable and so light, they are quite suitable for all-day use, anywhere, for any occasion. No wonder they are the 3rd largest athletic footwear brand in the United States.
The Skechers Memory Foam mostly has garnered a lot of attention as their adjustable footbed can easily contour to the shape of your feet, making you feel comfortable all day. The break-in period is absolutely zero for Skechers Memory Foam Shoes.
However, when it comes to these shoes’ care instructions, you need to be extra careful with different materials for different Skecher shoes. Most athletic Skecher shoes have memory foam insoles within them.
Therefore, we decided to take the extra mile and help you handle your favourite pair of Skechers with care. Read on to know some ideas for washing your memory foam Skechers.
When Washing Skechers Memory Foam Shoes Say No To The Machine
Ideally, some people recommend that tossing your Skechers Memory Foam shoes into the washing machine is a bad idea. This is because the uppers of these shoes are made of nylon or mesh fabric, the threads and fibers of which may start ripping off due to the machine’s harsh movements. Moreover, the machine washing can end up sagging and spoiling the memory foam insole present within the shoes and cause them to lose function.
However, when we checked on the official Skecher’s website, they recommend that you can use a gentle machine wash cycle to clean memory foam Skechers. You can always cover the shoes with a pillow cover or a laundry bag and tie the uppers of the bag for extra protection. Covering reduces the direct impact on the shoes and reduces the chances of any tearing or damage.
If you do not want to damage the construction of the firm memory foam insoles that these shoes possess, you can clean the insoles separately by removing them from the shoes. Yes, the memory foam insoles are pretty much removable. This ensures that the memory foam function remains intact.
But, while reinserting the insole, make sure that the shoe has adequately dried, at least for more than 12 hours, before you can use them again. Instead, it is quite recommended that the memory foam insoles be removed frequently to regain their original shape and puff back to normal.
This helps the memory foam last longer and remain in better shape. Even if you want to clean the insoles, opt for cleaning them manually and keep them away from harsh air drying conditions. This also includes exposing them to direct sunlight or using an air drier.
Direct sunlight or air dryers will expose and separate the firm layers of the shoes, which will affect their longevity. Skechers also has a Shoe Care Odor Eliminator Spray available at any Skechers store or online to help maintain the insoles and make them feel new.
Hand Washing Is The Way To Go
If you have Skechers performance or light up Skechers, it is strongly recommended that you do not put them in the washing machine. Machine wash only causes them to breakdown faster and damage the entire construction and firmness of the shoes.
For memory foam athletic shoes, do not submerge or dip them thoroughly in water as it can spoil the overall stitching and material of the shoes. Skechers recommends that you can always use the Skechers Athletic Cleanser gel along with a soft cloth.
If you are handwashing your Memory Foam Skechers, here is what you can try:
- If your shoes have laces, remove the lace and wash/clean them separately.
- If the shoes have a removable insole, remove that as well to clean it separately.
- Next, you can use a rag brush or shoe brush and remove any dirt or grime stuck over the shoes’ outsoles or upper layers.
- You can now use a mild laundry detergent that does not have harsh chemicals and make a soap water solution using the detergent.
- Dip the rag brush into the solution and rub of the dirty areas of the shoe.
- If there is any soapy water left on the surface, you can use a soft cloth dipped in lukewarm water to wipe off the excess soap.
- Use a mild brush to rub the memory foam insole gently. Just scrape it gently a few times to remove any dirt on the surface.
- It is recommended not to submerge the memory foam in water either, as it will reduce the foam’s longevity.
- Instead of using laundry detergent, we recommend using the Skechers Athletic Cleanser Gel along with a brush to remove the stains and spots while making sure your Skechers are well protected.
- For the white laces, you can use a small amount of bleach with water and dip the laces into them.
- Keep the laces in the bleach solution for about 30 minutes for whitening them.
- For other colored laces, you can dip them in a laundry detergent solution and rub them gently with your fingers or a toothbrush to remove any dirt or stains.
Another tip of washing memory foam insoles separately is to soak the insoles in a bucket of warm water and borax. The time for soaking depends upon the amount of washing they need.
Always Wear The Shoes With Socks To Keep Them Clean
The memory foam in the Skechers Athletic Shoes forms the core of these shoes. So, if you want to make sure that they remain clean and last longer, you can wear socks to help them sustain.
If your feet tend to get sweaty after wearing the shoes all day or due to intense activity, the memory foam insoles may start stinking. You can always use the Skechers Odor Eliminator Spray to keep them fresh as new. The spray is also eco-friendly and readily available at any Skechers outlet or even online.
Alternatively, you can also sprinkle some baking soda powder inside the shoes. Baking soda helps in soaking up any kind of moisture and also eliminating odor naturally.
Skechers also has its water proofer spray available that helps in keeping the shoes dry. You can sprinkle it a few hours before using the shoes. The spray is totally safe and eco-friendly too.
The Skechers Cleaning Kit
If you want to play safe with your Skechers Memory Foam shoes and are afraid that you might spoil them in the machine or by using detergents, then using the Skechers Cleaning Kit is the safest bet.
The cleaning kit is recommended explicitly by shoe experts and Skechers themselves if you want to increase your shoes’ longevity. The kit generally consists of:
Athletic Cleanser Gel
The athletic cleanser is safe for shoes made of suede leather and mesh fabric. It helps by removing the stains and making them clean as new. Apply a small amount on the shoe’s surface and scrub with a brush until the stains fade away.
After the cleanser, you can use the Waterproofer. This creates a barrier on the shoe’s surface to ensure that they remain stain and fluid resistant. This makes it less prone to dirt and easy to clean as well. You can spray the waterproofer from a 6-inch distance and spread it evenly over the surface of the shoe. Allow the shoes to dry for 24 hours before using them.
Odor Remover Spray
Lastly, the Skechers odor eliminator makes sure that your Skechers doesn’t stink. Memory foam insoles are highly absorbent. If they absorb sweat, they tend to get smelly, which can cause a foul odor. The odor eliminator can be used to keep the interiors of the shoes and the insoles smelling fresh. Spray and allow it to dry before wearing the shoes.
Unlike other brushes, this one is exclusively made for soft mesh fibers and memory foam insoles. The brush helps in cleaning gently without causing any damage to your shoe or the fibers.
Skechers offers an exquisite variety of shoes for sports performance or light-up shoes or shoes with memory foam. However, the new range of memory foam shoes is exceptionally comfortable and supportive but requires good maintenance. A proper cleaning and washing routine for your Skechers memory foam can help your shoes go a long way.
People who own Skechers memory foam are always doubtful about whether they can toss it in the washing machine. Ideally, we recommend a manual wash, but a mild wash on a gentle washing cycle once in a while causes not much harm to your shoes. We have suggested some manual as well as machine washing tips for your Skechers Memory Foam shoes.
Alternatively, we suggest using the Skechers Shoe Cleaning Kit for the best results and increasing your memory foam sneakers shoes’ longevity.
Read our article above and tell us if we could help you clean your Skechers Memory Foam shoes through the comments section below.
Brandon R. Katz is a registered professional nurse who has been instrumental in providing us with an informed opinion on the medical aspects of footwear. He graduated from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and currently provides his services at a non-federal long-term care hospital in Brooklyn, NY.
Brandon proves to be the champion in the group of expert writers with his in-depth knowledge in foot health, how to take care of it adequately, and what shoes, socks, or insoles will be supreme for you. He has previously worked with hospitals where he has foreseen both inpatient and outpatient departments and has been a practicing nurse since 2009.
Brandon hails from Jersey City, NY, and has a loving family of four with a small popper called Rozo. His decision to become a nurse arises from the desire to be in the position of helping and rehabilitating people.