How to clean stinky boat shoes

We love the look of boat shoes, but after a long, hot summer, they can get a touch ripe.

.Before you put your Sperry away for the winter, freshen them up! Smelly boat shoes aren’t nearly as difficult to clean as you might think. How to clean leather boat shoes? Just stick them in the washing machine, preferably in a mesh bag to keep them from bouncing around and getting torn up. If your boat shoes are a little long in the tooth, you might be concerned about their stitching. In that case, forgo the agitation of the washing machine and launder them by hand. Another simple trick — pop your boat shoes in the freezer to kill odor-causing bacteria.

And of course, if your shoes are in need of professional cleaning, see one of our leather-and-suede consultants. Not in New York? No problem — we clean and ship worldwide!


Stinky boat shoes? Relax, they're a snap to clean

Stinky boat shoes? Relax, they’re a snap to clean


  1. Brian
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    Going to try this right now

  2. mbt
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    great information. I’m very lucky to get this details from you.

  3. mbt
    Posted May 6, 2010 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Really good sharing this.

  4. Hermes birkin bag
    Posted May 10, 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    good share, great article, very usefull for us…thanks!

  5. Takeshi
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Did it worked!?

  6. Posted October 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Of course! We wouldn’t recommend methods that don’t work!

  7. Esperanza
    Posted October 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I got this pair on boat shoes from DSW called “Rock & Candy Hunting Boat Shoes”, and I don’t know how to clean them. They got dirty when we had a firedrill, and I got pushed into some mud. I really love these shoes and I want them to be cleaned. Please help! :)

  8. Janne
    Posted October 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    thank you this helped abunch! :) 😀 😛

  9. CasualBlackManSays
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    It does work, but if u wash them with any thing other than gain detergent they will begin to soften.
    My swag is fckin awesome!

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