Skechers Go Walk shoes are a popular walking and athletic shoe style known for their lightweight and flexible design. However, after repeated wears, GOwalk shoes can start to show dirt, stains, and odors. Regularly washing your GOwalk shoes is key to extending their life and keeping them looking and smelling fresh.
Follow this simple guide to properly clean GOwalk shoes using common household materials. With just a bit of time and elbow grease, you can have your favorite pair of GOwalks looking like new again.
Cleaning Materials Needed
- Mild liquid detergent or gentle shoe cleaner
- Soft bristle toothbrush
- Small towel
- Warm water
- Old toothbrush (for the soles)
- Paper towels or soft cloth
- Sneaker cleaning solution (optional)
Step-by-Step Cleaning Instructions
Remove Laces and Insoles
- Start by removing the laces and insoles from the shoes. This allows you to fully clean all areas of the shoe.
Wash the Upper Portion
- Mix a solution of warm water and mild detergent in a bowl. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to scrub the upper, sides, tongue, and fabric collar of the shoes.
- Pay close attention to visibly dirty areas and scrub gently to lift stains. Avoid soaking the shoes.
- Rinse away all suds and soap with clean water. Stuff the shoes with paper towels and let air dry.
Clean the Soles
- Use an old toothbrush and warm soapy water to scrub the rubber soles.
- For tough stains like dirt or mud, allow the soles to soak briefly in soapy water to loosen debris before scrubbing.
- Rinse the soles and let air dry stuffed with paper towels.
Air Dry Completely
- Stuff shoes with paper towels to absorb excess moisture and retain the shape as they dry.
- Allow the shoes to air dry completely before wearing again. Don’t put them in the dryer.
- Once fully dried, put the insoles and laces back in.
Tips for Keeping GOwalk Shoes Clean
- Spray shoes with a waterproofer to prevent stains.
- Use removable insoles and wash regularly.
- Allow shoes to air out between wears.
- Spot clean stains immediately.
- Store shoes with shoe trees to retain shape.
Can you put GOwalk shoes in the washing machine?
No, Skechers does not recommend machine washing GOwalk shoes as it can damage the materials. Only hand wash GOwalk shoes.
What is the best way to dry GOwalk shoes after washing?
Stuff damp shoes with paper towels and allow them to air dry completely, away from direct heat or sunlight. Do not put GOwalk shoes in the dryer.
How often should you clean GOwalk shoes?
Aim to wash GOwalk shoes every 2-3 weeks if wearing them regularly for fitness. Wash immediately if they get very dirty or smelly.
Should you wash the removable insoles?
Yes, remove the insoles and laces and wash separately. Use mild soap and water and allow to fully air dry.
Can you use a washing machine?
No, machine washing can damage GOwalk shoes. Only clean them by hand using a soft brush, mild soap and water.
- Wash GOwalk shoes every 2-3 weeks with warm water and mild detergent.
- Use a soft bristle brush to clean upper, sides, soles.
- Rinse away all soap residues.
- Air dry fully before wearing again.
- Stuff with paper towels while drying to retain shape.
- Spot clean stains quickly to avoid setting in.
- Check insoles and laces separately.
Following these simple steps will keep your Skechers GOwalk shoes looking fresh and extend their lifespan. Be sure to air dry fully before wearing again. With regular cleaning, your GOwalks will provide many miles of comfortable walking and exercise.