How To Clean HOKA Shoes? (Just 5 Easy Steps)

Written By Mahia

Are you looking for the simplest ways to clean your HOKA shoes?

Chill out! Your search ends here.

After many trials and errors, I’ve discovered the most surefire method for cleaning your HOKA shoes in minutes.


Read the entire article if you want to make your HOKA shoes spotless.

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How To Clean HOKA Shoes?|Answered

A pair of HOKA shoes that haven’t been cleaned not only looks like crap but also performs poorly on the ground.

Thankfully, cleaning HOKA shoes is not a difficult task if you know the proper methods. You can wash them in a short amount of time with minimal products.

So, I thought, why not share with you guys the technique that helped me to clean my HOKA shoes without arching my back.

You can use the cleaning instructions I’ve provided below on both leather and mesh fabric, but not suede.

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Here are the steps to clean HOKA shoes:

Step 1: Wash shoelaces and insoles

One of the components of running shoes that are exposed to dirt and water is the shoelaces. Shoelaces get soiled just like your shoes, and as a result, they must also be cleaned first.

Take off the shoelaces and either washes them by hand using a detergent powder, or you can toss them in the washing machine.

Remove the insoles as well for cleaning. Insoles absorb moisture and become filthy quickly.

Apply a few drops of mild soap and water to the insoles, then gently scrub them with a toothbrush.

After cleaning the insoles, wipe them down with a clean rag and set them aside to dry.

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Step 2: Brush off the dirt

With a shoe brush or toothbrush, gently brush off the excess dirt from the exterior of the shoes.

Brushing with too much pressure might cause the nap of the shoes to rise, especially if the shoes are made of mesh.

Note that if your shoes have got fresh stains of mud, let them dry first before brushing them.

Step 3: Clean with soapy water

To prepare a soapy solution, combine a few drops of liquid detergent (dye-free) with a bowl of cool water.

Dip a toothbrush in soapy water and gently brush the areas where the shoes are heavily stained.


The better you work on the dirty areas with the toothbrush, the cleaner the shoes get.

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Step 4: Wipe off the residue

Once there are no more traces of filth, wipe away the soap residue with a dry washcloth.

It is important to remove any remaining soap because it can excessively dry the shoe fabric.

Step 5: Dry the shoes

The final and most crucial step in cleaning HOKA shoes is properly drying them.

Stuff your shoes with newspaper balls to hold their shape and place it somewhere with adequate air ventilation to dry.

Do not use a heating source or place the shoes in direct sunlight for drying. Extreme heat dries out the shoes too much and causes them to become brittle.

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How To Clean HOKA Suede Shoes?

Suede is a delicate material to work with. Cleaning HOKA suede shoes requires additional caution because even a minor error can ruin the entire shoe.

Suede shoes require a different cleaning process than leather or mesh shoes.

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Here’s how you should clean HOKA sued shoes:

To remove the dirt particles, brush the suede shoes back and forth and in small strokes with a suede brush.

A suede brush is specially made for the suede fabric. You can get them in any shoe store.

Try to remove as much dirt as possible with the suede brush; if needed, apply a little force too.


If your shoes have scuff marks, run a suede eraser on the spots.

Once you are satisfied with the cleaning, finish it off by spraying a suede protector on the shoes.

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How To Clean HOKA Shoes With Household Items?

Cleaning your HOKA shoes with household things is also an option. You can say goodbye to dirty HOKA shoes with just three things from your kitchen.

Baking soda, vinegar, and water are the three magic ingredients for cleaning HOKA shoes.

Baking soda and vinegar have deodorizing properties that not only clean the shoes but also remove the pungent smell.

Add one cup of water, one tablespoon of vinegar, and two tablespoons of baking soda to a mixing bowl.

Brush your HOKA boots in a small circular motion with a toothbrush dipped in the cleaning solution.

Remove any extra solution with a dry cloth once you’ve finished cleaning. Also, let the shoe air dry.

Ta-da! You are left with a clean pair of HOKA shoes.

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Can You Wash HOKA Shoes In The Washing Machine?

No, you cannot wash HOKA shoes in the washing machine. HOKA shoes are light running shoes that will distort if washed in the machine. Furthermore, cleaning the shoes in the washing machine accelerates the aging process and causes them to fall apart.

It is not recommended that HOKA shoes be washed in a washing machine. However, a slew of people said that they washed their HOKA shoes in the washing machine, and they came out spotless.

The final decision is yours; you can wash the shoes by hand or in the washing machine (at your own risk). My own choice is to clean the shoes by hand.

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How Do You Care For HOKA Shoes?

HOKA offers some of the greatest running shoes on the market, and investing in them is a safe bet.

HOKA shoes require little maintenance. Just take care of them once a month, and they will last you a long time.

Here are the ways to care for HOKA shoes:

  • Brush the shoes after each use to prevent dirt buildup.
  • After cleaning, make sure to dry them thoroughly.
  • Avoid storing the shoes in moist or closed areas. Instead, keep them in a well-ventilated area.
  • Do not dry the shoes in direct sunlight or with a heating source.
  • To lengthen the shoes’ life and keep water out, use a good waterproofing spray.
  • Don’t machine wash the HOKA shoes; it reduces their lifespan.

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Before You Leave

HOKAs are running shoes, and they will get dirty at the end of the day. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be walking around in muddy shoes.

Cleaning HOKA shoes isn’t difficult at all. You can wash them in seconds if you follow the proper cleaning technique.

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Have fun running!

About The Author
Since childhood, Mahia is a shoe freak. And this is what lead her to do more research and gather knowledge about shoes.Mahia has always wanted to share her skill and knowledge about footwear with a mass audience, which ended her up in this amazing workplace.When Mahia is not writing, you can almost always find her in the kitchen experimenting with different recipes to upgrade her catering menu.

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