Birkenstock Care and Repair 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 or extreme temperatures. 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 come with a light coating of cork sealant on the exposed cork edge. This protects the cork and prevents it from drying out. When the 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 ¼” 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. Visit your local authorized repair center for original Birkenstock repair materials.

Clean and Protect

To keep your Birkenstock Footwear looking as good as it feels, follow these easy steps.

Nubuck/Suede

To protect from water and soil spots apply a spray water repellent regularly. Brush uppers with a Nubuck/Suede brush to pull up dirt and dust and restore the nap. Use a mild leather cleaner to remove stubborn stains and follow with a Nubuck/Suede brush when dry.

Smooth Leather

Clean and condition with a mild leather cleaner. Use a matching polish to renew scuff spots and restore the original luster.

Birko-Flor and Birkibuc

Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Try soap and water or a mild leather cleaner to remove stubborn stains.

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