How to Clean Hoka shoes? The Shoes for adventure:

Hoka shoes are highly cushioned, lightweight and breathable, making them a comfortable option for long-distance runs. Long distance by its nature is, well, long. That means you will cover various terrains that may also be muddy and make your “Hoka shoes” murky. To restore their like look and increase their shelf life, it’s necessary to clean them as soon as possible. Let’s run through how to clean Hoka shoes properly.


10 simple steps to clean Hoka shoes at home

At first, check the care label on your running shoes. Then start cleaning your shoes.

Step # 1: Get your shoes ready to be cleaned

If the shoes are covered in mud, use a heavy brush to scrub off a lot of them. This helps remove the big pieces of dirt or the loose dirt. It’s best to keep a brush in your car to give your shoes a good brush off before getting back into your car after a long run. 

Step # 2: Take out the insoles and remove the laces

It makes it a bit easier to clean all the nooks and crannies around the tongue of your shoes. So remove the insoles and laces of both shoes.

Step # 3: Clean the insoles

Place the insoles of your Hoka shoes on a flat, clean surface. Dip a microfiber cloth in soapy water and clean the top and bottom of the insoles using a circular motion. Rinse them thoroughly with warm and pleasant water and let them air dry.

Step # 4: Wash the laces

Mix a mild laundry detergent in a bowl with warm water and put the laces in that soapy water. Gently scrub the laces with a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and stains. Rinse with water and squeeze them to remove excess water. Hang them to air dry. 

Step # 5: Rinse your Hoka shoes with warm water and scrub them with a brush

A nice and warm water rinse followed by a bit of scrubbing is what you need to clean Hoka shoes. For this task, you can use your old nail-cleaning brush that you are using anymore. The bristles of nail brushes are stiff but not very abrasive, making them a great tool to clean Hoka shoes.

Dip the brush in soapy water and give your shoes a good scrub to remove dirt and grime embedded in the shoe fabric. It’s not going to damage the upper fabric at all. 

Step # 6: Wash the outsoles Also

To clean the outsoles, use a soft bristle brush. Gently scrub them with the brush dipped in soapy water to remove the scuffs.

Step # 7: Thorough rinsing with water

Rinse the inside of the shoe to remove any loose debris that accumulates. Give the top solder of your Hoka shoes an excellent rinse with water to remove soap residue. It’s a perfect idea to occasionally run your fingers over your shoes when you are rinsing them. 

As everything is neat and clean, grab both shoes, tip them over and stand them up for about 10 minutes to allow any internal moisture to drain out of the shoes.

Step # 8: Stuff your Hoka shoes with newspaper.

After drawing out, grab your shoes, and insert newspaper inside your shoes. Such stuffing with newspaper after the cleaning process helps speed up that drying time. It can be essential if you have only one pair of Hoka shoes and want to dry them before you run into them the following day. The paper helps with that.

A super important point to remember

Once the paper has done its job, you must grab it out of the shoes. It’s no point in allowing the newspaper to soak up all the moisture and then leaving them in it for three to four hours. So, 20-30 minutes are enough, and then grab that paper out of your shoes.

Step # 9: Leave your shoes, laces, and insoles in a well-ventilated area to air-dry.

You don’t want to dry your shoes out too quickly on top of something hot or direct heat. That can damage the shoes and affect their durability. Ideally, you want to dry those shoes out a bit more naturally. Air it out to make that whole drying process a bit more gradual. So ideally, choose a well-ventilated place, with no direct sunlight, to air-dry your shoes. They may take a few hours on hot days or a night on relatively cooler days to completely dry. 

Step # 10: Once dry, insert insoles and laces and get running!

Once everything is nice and dry. Pop the insoles and pop the laces back into your shoes. There you have it, a nice pair of clean Hoka shoes ready to get muddy again.

Is it ok to clean Hoka shoes in the washing machine?

I think it’s not a good idea to wash your shoes in the washing machine. Neither for your machine nor the lifespan of your shoes. Putting your Hoka shoes in the washing machine through a hot wash affects their durability and weakens the construction’s glues. Soon you can start having issues that way. However, we must wear our shoes after a wet, dirty run to prolong the life of our Hoka shoes.


Taking a little bit of time and effort in brushing and cleaning your shoes and looking after them can help prolong life when it comes to durability. 

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