5 Easy Steps To Wash Skechers Memory Foam Shoes

Skechers is the third-largest sports footwear brand in America; they’re famous for their comfortable lifestyle and performance shoes for men, women, and children. They’ve become a fashionable must-have item for most Americans. 

If your Sketchers are looking a bit unsightly and covered in dirt, don’t panic. Cleaning them is simple and revitalizes the life of your sneakers. So if you already have a pair of their famous memory foam shoes, or you’re planning to buy them, it’s important to know how to wash and take care of them properly. 

Read below for our guide, “How To Wash Skechers Memory Foam Shoes,” without them getting stained or ruined. 

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Skechers Memory Foam Shoes

Memory foam sneakers from Skechers are an excellent choice for people suffering from different foot-related health problems. Memory foam can ease the pressure on your feet, stop foot-roll, provide good arch support, and absorb heel shocks. 

They’re perfect for those who have jobs that require standing on your feet all day or people who walk a lot, as they provide all the support and comfort you need. 

Skechers have many different memory foam shoe styles; their Skechers Go Walk walking shoes might be the most comfortable pair of shoes you’ll ever own. 


Wash Them Manually

It’s best if you avoid washing your Sketchers in a machine as it can shorten their lifespan and can even completely ruin them. 

Washing Skechers memory foam shoes is pretty easy, and you can clean them up nicely if you follow these simple tips:

Step 1: Brush Off Excess Dirt 

First, you’ll have to brush off the excess dirt from your shoes. Use a shoe brush if you have one, but if you don’t, there’s no need to worry; you can use an old toothbrush, rag, or sponge instead, anything that’ll get that muck off. 

Step 2: Prepare Your Own Cleaning Mix

Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add a few drops of laundry detergent. Make sure you use warm water as it accelerates the cleaning process. Mix the detergent well until it becomes soapy.

Step 3: Clean Your Shoes 

You can either use a toothbrush or a rag for this part, depending on how dirty your shoes are. If you have deep stains, it’s better to use a toothbrush. 

Dip your toothbrush or rag in warm soapy water and clean or brush off all the sides of your shoes. Pay special attention to the particularly dirty areas, pressing firmly with the brush. Take the memory foam insoles out and wash them separately. 

Step 4: Wipe the Shoes With Clean Water

After you’re done brushing and cleaning off the dirt with soapy water, get yourself a fresh bowl of water and a clean towel or rag and wipe off all the soap. Avoid getting your shoes soaking wet as you wipe them off. 

Step 5: Let the Shoes and Insoles Air-Dry

Leave your shoes to air-dry at room temperature and avoid putting them directly in the sun. It’s best to take the insoles out and dry them separately, as this will speed up the process. 

It can take a few days for your shoes to completely dry but don’t get impatient and throw them into a dryer; you can set up a fan if you have one to speed up the drying time. 


Toss Them Into a Washing Machine

a guy inside a big wash machine

Although it’s tempting to toss your Skechers shoes into a washing machine because it’s quick and easy, it’s best if you avoid this as much as possible.

However, according to the Skechers’ official website, you can wash their nylon or mesh shoes on a gentle cycle, but make sure you apply their waterproof spray after to protect the shoes from water and stains. 

It’s best to take out the laces and wash them separately and put the shoes inside a pillowcase before tossing them into the washing machine to protect them from the rough and tumble of the drum. Tie the top of the pillowcase before you wash them, so they don’t escape. 

Wash them on a gentle, cold cycle because heat can separate the shoes’ layers of material and destroy your favorite pair of Skechers. Use as much laundry detergent as you would for a normal load of laundry, even if you’re only washing the shoes. 

Once they’re washed, air-dry your shoes for up to 12 hours to ensure the memory foam insoles are completely dry. If you notice they still feel a bit wet, leave them a couple more hours before putting them on your feet again.

Do not put your freshly washed shoes into a dryer to speed things up! It’s never a good idea as the heat can affect the glue and separate the layers of the shoes. 

Washing Laces

If you’ve got classic, white laces, then you know how easily they get dirty, making the shoes look used and old. 

So how do you get those clean, new, and fresh-looking shoelaces back? 

White Laces

If your Skechers memory foam shoes have white laces, you can simply soak them in water mixed with bleach. 

Fill a bowl with warm water and add a small splash of bleach. Put the laces into the mix and leave them in for about 30 minutes. After, rinse them well under cold water and let them air-dry.

Avoid putting them into a dryer as this can stretch or shrink them, and you’ll just have to buy new ones. 

Check out our ultimate guide, “How To Clean White Shoelaces.” 

Washing Machine

You can machine wash shoelaces, but don’t forget to put them in a protective bag or a pillowcase and ensure you zip them up. You can wash them on a normal cycle, and you can wash them together with laundry. 

When they’re clean, just let them air-dry. 


Proper Care for Skechers Memory Foam Shoes

It’s important to properly take care of your Skechers to keep them looking fresh. 

Waterproof Spray

You can buy a Skechers brand waterproof spray or a generic waterproof spray to protect your shoes from water or staining; this is especially a good option if you live in an area prone to rainy or snowy days. 


To keep your Skechers memory foam insoles smelling fresh, it’s important and always recommended to wear your Sketchers with a pair of socks. If you detect an odor coming from your shoes, sprinkle a bit of baking soda inside your shoes and shake them about; this should help maintain a fresh smell. 

You can also buy an odor eliminator spray online or from your local shoe store that you simply spray inside your shoes and make them smell fresh again. 

Don’t forget to occasionally wash your insoles as well, especially if you use your Skechers shoes regularly for work or recreation and sweat a lot. 

Check out our detailed guide, “How To Clean Shoe Insoles.”


Frequently Asked Questions

Are Skechers Memory Foam Shoes Good for Standing All Day?

The short answer is yes, they are. The memory-foam midsole will provide you the necessary amount of support for your feet and prevent knee, feet, and back pain that can occur due to prolonged standing on your feet. 

Why Are Skechers Good for Your Feet?

Skechers shoes are very comfortable and supportive. The memory foam soles provide cushioning for the feet; they also give arch support and absorb shocks while walking and running. 

How Long Do Skecher Shoes Last?

Skechers shoes are mostly sportswear, made for running or walking; they’re extremely lightweight and durable, and if you wear them casually, they can last up to three or four years. Of course, don’t forget to properly care for them, as you would with any other pair of shoes. 

Which Skechers’ Shoes Can and Can’t Be Machine Washed?

Most non-leather casual walking Skechers shoes can be machine washed on the gentle cycle. These include models like Skechers GOwalk and GOrun that are made out of mesh or nylon.  But remember, don’t put them in a dryer; let them air-dry instead to avoid damage. 

Skechers GO Flex is not recommended for machine washing, according to Skechers official site; this also goes for all leather or suede shoes that need a different kind of care and need to be cleaned with an alternative method.

Skechers light-up shoes are made out of nylon or mesh, but machine washing is not advisable as it will damage the lights.

Can Skechers’ Insoles Be Removed?

Most of the insoles are “built-in” the shoe and can’t be removed. You can still use other insoles with most of their shoes as the insoles that come in the shoes aren’t that thick; additional insoles will probably fit over the top and provide extra cushioning and soak up any unwanted odors.


The Bottom Line

With proper care for your Skechers memory foam shoes, they’ll serve you for a long time. Although you can wash some of Skechers’ memory foam shoe models in a washing machine, not all are recommended. 

It’s best for more delicate shoe models to wash them manually with a mix of laundry detergent and warm water. Use a rag or a toothbrush to get rid of the stains. Don’t forget to wash the insoles as well to avoid any bad odors. 


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