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In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, many of us may be looking for more ways to ensure that our homes stay safe and germ-free. Washing our clothing after each outing is an easy way to take precautions against harmful germs and bacteria, but what about our footwear?
Shoes can be tricky to keep clean in the best of times, especially if you’re dealing with delicate materials like leather or suede. Spot treatments have typically been the best way to keep your shoes looking fresh, but new innovations in materials and fabric care have come a long way in recent years, making it easier than ever to clean your shoes without hassle.
Whether it’s because you work hard and play hard, resulting in dirty footwear, or you’re trying to maintain a clean environment inside your home, washable footwear is a great option for low-maintenance shoes. Many styles can even be tossed into the washing machine and laid out to dry when they’re in need of a refresh.
If you’re considering adding a pair of easy, low-maintenance shoes into your wardrobe, we’ve gathered eight pairs that you can wash and wear on repeat.
With more than 1,400 five-star reviews, these sneakers made from breathable bamboo are beloved by fans of the eco-conscious brand. Not only are they completely machine washable, but this style is also constructed using all vegan materials and come in ten gorgeous colours. As an added bonus, Cariuma plants two trees for every pair of shoes purchased.
SHOP IT: Cariuma, $129 ($98 USD)
Everlane’s newest sneaker is its most sustainable option yet, and is made using recycled canvas and rubber in its timeless unisex design. These sneakers are machine washable, and once they reach the end of their lifespan, they an be sent back to Everlane in order to be responsibly recycled into new materials.
SHOP IT: Everlane, $88
For a more polished look that’s still equally low-maintenance, any of Rothy’s selection of stylish footwear made from recycled plastic water bottles is a definite winner. Whether you’re after a pair of sneakers, flats, sandals, or boots, you’ll find them at Rothy’s, but we’re partial to the chic Point Flats that are ideal for any occasion.
SHOP IT: Rothy’s, $257 ($195 USD)
For comfortable sandals in a huge range of styles and colours, BZees has you covered. Their innovative Cloud Technology guarantees a dreamlike fit, while their wash-and-wear design makes them a great choice for warm weather.
SHOP IT: BZees, $78 ($59 USD)
These lightweight walking shoes feature a slip-on design and an innovative washable wool exterior that keeps feet warm in cold weather without overheating. Since they can be thrown in the wash, they’re easy to clean and easy to wear throughout the year.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $63
Machine washable, sustainably-made, and celebrity approved? Yes, the Allbirds Tree Runners manage to hit all three, and have gained a huge following thanks to their all-day comfort. If you’re looking for performance sneakers, the Allbirds Tree Dashers are also fully machine washable, and ready to hit the road on your next run.
SHOP IT: Allbirds, $135
These sporty tennis shoes were designed to be worn with everything from jeans and leggings to feminine sundresses, then tossed into the washing machine whenever needed. This pair comes in all black, and features a tone on tone design.
SHOP IT: Keds, $72
Adults and kids alike can get in on this pair of ultra-comfortable knit sneakers, with sizes and colours available for the whole family. Made from recycled polyester and designed with a hint of stretch, these washable sneakers conform to your foot and provide cushion in every step.
SHOP IT: Native Shoes, $130