We want your FitFlop sandals, shoes, boots and sneakers to stay looking great. Here are a few easy-to-follow guidelines to keep your FitFlop shoes in top condition.

General Shoe Care


Store your FitFlop shoes away from light and away from damp areas or heaters (which can make leathers dry and brittle and may affect adhesives). We suggest you avoid storing shoes in shoeboxes for long periods of time, especially in humid climates, because the lack of air can negatively affect certain footwear materials.


Follow these steps, and cleaning FitFlop sandals should be simple and easy.


Unlined: Many of our sandals have an unlined midsole and footbed; you can see and feel the layer of cushioning. If this is the case, to clean the footbed of your sandals, use a damp cloth or soft toothbrush, wet the midsole, use a bit of soap, and scrub in circles.

Lined: Where the sandal midsole is lined or wrapped, for example with leather, follow the care instructions below for the relevant wrap material.


See further down for care of the upper material


Not sure how to keep your FitFlop shoes, sneakers and boots fresh and odour-free? Try these simple tips.

  • Clean shoe footbeds regularly using a damp cloth or antibacterial wipe.
  • Wearing breathable cotton socks can help shoes and boots stay odour-free.
  • Soda powder or bicarbonate of soda sprinkled inside and left overnight can also work (just don’t forget to tap it out before you put your shoes back on!).
  • A very light mist of white vinegar sprayed inside your shoes and left to dry for about an hour removes odour and kills the bacteria that cause it.

How to clean

(For patent faux-leather shoes see ‘Caring for faux-leather’ below.)

TO CLEAN patent leather FitFlop shoes, wipe them clean with a soft damp cloth and a drop of mild soap. A patent leather cleaner containing silicone will restore the gloss.

IF YOUR PATENT LEATHER SHOES GET WET, stuff them with newspaper and let them dry naturally – away from direct heat or sunlight – for at least 24 hours.

PRIOR TO WEARING, spraying your shoes with a water repellent and stain repellent can help minimise any staining (please note that any product used may alter the colour of the leather).

TO CLEAN leather FitFlop shoes or boots, wipe them with a damp cloth before applying polish. Wax polish adds more shine and colour than cream polish. You can also use specialist leather cleaners or protectors.

IF YOUR LEATHER SHOES OR BOOTS GET WET, stuff them with newspaper and let them dry naturally – away from direct heat or sunlight – for at least 24 hours. Once dry, they will benefit from an application of a specialist neutral-coloured leather conditioner.

TO CLEAN faux-leather FitFlop shoes, remove any dirt with a soft damp cloth.

IF YOUR FAUX-LEATHER SHOES GET WET, wipe off the excess water with a cloth.

TO CLEAN FitFlop shoes in a knit fabric, it’s important to take extra care because this type of material is fairly fragile. Using cold water and a mild soap, very gently rub or dab any dirty areas with a cloth or soft brush. Then let the shoes air dry.

  • To avoid risk of damage, take your time and do not use undue pressure.
  • Do not use bleach or detergent.
  • Make sure you use cold water, as warm or hot water may ruin the dye and/or material.
  • Always wash by hand and air dry, never use a washing machine or dryer.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO AVOID GETTING YOUR FELT SHOES WET, because the shape of felt can change or shrink if this happens. Spills should be wiped off immediately and the shoes allowed to dry naturally. If the shoes get excessively wet then you will need to blot them with clean, dry towels. You could also gently stuff them with tissue or newspaper and allow to dry naturally.

TO CLEAN FitFlop felt clogs or shoes – because felt is a delicate material, we recommend that you try to avoid getting felt shoes dirty, because they can be extremely difficult to clean. If by any chance you do get them dirty, a dry cleaner may be able to help.

PRIOR TO WEARING, spraying your shoes with a water repellent and stain repellent designed for fabric or canvas footwear can help minimise any initial staining.

TO CLEAN FitFlop shoes in canvas, webbing or other fabric, we recommend the following:

  • Remove excess dirt with a fine-bristled brush (e.g. a toothbrush)
  • Scrub your shoes gently using a clean, damp sponge and mild detergent or dish soap (checking they contain no bleach or chemicals that will harm the colour). If necessary use a toothbrush for especially dirty spots. Then rinse the sponge and wipe away any excess soap residue from the shoes.

PRIOR TO WEARING, spraying your shoes with a water repellent and stain repellent can help minimise any initial staining (please note that this may alter the colour of the suede).

BECAUSE SUEDE IS NOT AS WATER-RESISTANT AS LEATHER, it’s best to avoid wearing your suede footwear in heavy rain and to keep it away from perfume, hairspray and other products containing chemicals.

TO CLEAN suede FitFlop shoes, sneakers or boots, we recommend leaving any dirt/mud to dry and then gently cleaning the upper with a soft suede brush only.

Specialist suede cleaners/protectors can also be used. Avoid polishes and other products designed for leather.

  • For dirt or smudges try a colourless or white rubber pencil eraser before brushing gently.
  • If spillages occur, soak up the moisture with a dry towel (paper towels are fine) and allow the shoes to dry naturally. Then ‘restore’ the suede by brushing with an old toothbrush or rubbing with a clean towel.
  • Oil or grease stains may be removed by rubbing a small amount of talcum powder directly onto the stain, leaving it to dry out, and then brushing with an old toothbrush to remove the talcum powder.
  • Treat stains asap! The longer they sit on the suede, the greater the chance of permanent marking.