HOW TO WASH YOUR ESPADRILLES
Whether they are canvas, leather, or suede, your rope-soled shoes should not be put in the washing machine if you want to care for them properly. But how should you clean your espadrilles? Here’s everything you need to know.
WASHING FABRIC ESPADRILLES
Cleaning canvas espadrilles couldn’t be easier. Simply dampen a brush or sponge with slightly soapy water (you could use some Savon de Marseille, for example). Then delicately dab the stain, being careful not to rub too hard. Finish off by rinsing the espadrilles gently with a damp cloth. Leave them to air dry (whatever you do, don’t put them in the dryer!) but keep them out of direct sunlight to stop the colors from fading.
HOW TO CLEAN LEATHER OR SUEDE ESPADRILLES
Before you start cleaning your leather or suede espadrilles, first dust them off with a soft cloth or brush. To wash leather espadrilles, you need to polish them regularly, either with a polish the same color as the shoe or a colorless polish. Use only a small amount and gently rub it in. It is important to let the leather dry away from direct sources of heat to avoid them becoming misshapen.
And what about cleaning your suede espadrilles? It’s best to use a special suede and nubuck shampoo to remove stains. You can also get sprays to brighten up the original color. For stubborn stains, you could use a suede eraser.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR ESPADRILLES: HOW TO WASH THE ROPE
Remember, you should never use the washing machine to clean espadrilles, as the rope will shrink and lose its elasticity. This essential part of the shoe should be washed with a damp, slightly soapy sponge. Be sure to use small movements as pressing too hard could unravel the rope. To eliminate odors, put some talcum powder in the shoes and leave overnight.
With regular upkeep, these solid, comfortable shoes will last for season after season and stay in tip-top condition.