How to Clean Hoka Shoes: Cleaning and Care Instructions


Do you have Hoka shoes that have gotten a bit dirty? You can actually clean your Hoka shoes in just a few easy steps. You only need a few materials that are simple household items and you can quickly get your Hoka shoes cleaned. We’ve also included some frequently asked questions at the bottom of the article to clear up any questions you have. So let’s get into it – how to clean Hoka shoes. General cleaning and care guidelines for HOKA footwear are to hand wash with cold water using a mild soap or detergent and allow them to dry naturally away from direct heat or sunlight.

Cleaning and care instructions for HOKA apparel vary from product to product, with proper care outlined on the tag for each piece of clothing.


How to Clean Hoka’s?


1. Remove the shoelaces and wash them separately.

The first step on how to clean Hoka shoes is to take off the shoelaces and wash them separately with soap. This makes sure that they are thoroughly cleaned.

2. Use a brush to wipe off any loose debris and shake the shoe.

Before even washing your Hoka’s, use a brush to wipe off all the loose debris. You won’t be able to remove excess dirt entirely on the shoe but doing this step allows the following steps to be a bit easier.

3. Soak the shoes in a soapy water mixture for 10-20 minutes.

Grab a bucket add in a soapy warm water mixture and let your Hoka shoes sit inside for at least 10-20 minutes. This ensures that most of the dirt and debris loosens so it’s easier to scrub it off in the next step.

4. Use a brush to scrub off all the dirt and other stains on the Hoka shoes.

Remove the shoe from the soapy water mixture and use a brush to scrub off all the excess mud on the running shoes.

5. Rinse off the Hoka shoes and let them air dry.

Use water to rinse off all the soap and excess dirt on the shoe and let it air dry. Try to let the shoe air dry in an area that is well-ventilated.

6. Re-insert the shoelaces after the shoes are dry.

After the Hoka running shoes are completely dry, put the shoelaces back on and you’re ready to wear them again!

How to dry Hoka One One shoes

After washing your Hoka One One shoes, let them air dry. If you haven’t done it earlier, remove the insole (if possible) to dry separately. Depending on the room’s ambient temperature, humidity, etc., air drying Hoka shoes will take about twelve hours. If you would prefer a much faster way to dry your shoes check out our dedicated article, where we have tested five safe ways to dry shoes fast on our Hoka shoe collection.


If you decide to air dry your shoes, don’t leave them in the sun since it might damage them (the shoes might change coloring, shrink, etc.). If you live in an apartment, a great place to air dry your shoes is a window sill.


Hoka One emphasizes that you should not put the shoes into the dryer because the heat will cause damage. You should also avoid drying your Hoka shoes near any source of excessive heat, such as a radiator.

How I wash Hoka One One shoes

Remove the laces and the insole and wash them separately with warm water and soap. Shake off any loose dirt from the shoe (some might have been hidden under the insole). Wash the shoe thoroughly with warm water, soap (optional), and a sponge. I also use a soft brush for the sole.


An effective way to wash the fabric thoroughly is to rub your hands against each other while holding the fabric with one hand from the inside and the other from the outside under the running water until the water is clear. Repeat this process all over the shoe. In the end, fill the shoe with water and pour it out several times to rinse the inside of the shoe. Let the laces, insole, and shoes dry.

How do you wash Hoka’s?

The most important thing to remember when washing your Hoka’s is that they should never go in the dryer. The heat from the dryer can damage the shoes and make them fall apart.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should never use bleach or any harsh chemicals on your Hoka’s.


To clean your Hoka’s by hand, start by removing any loose dirt with a soft brush or cloth. If there are stubborn stains, you can pre-treat them with a stain remover before proceeding to wash the shoes. Fill a basin with cold water and add a small amount of mild detergent designed for delicate fabrics. Submerge your shoes in soapy water and gently agitate them before allowing them to soak for about 15 minutes.


After soaking, rinse your shoes thoroughly with clean water to remove all the soap. Stuff the shoes with paper towels or a clean rag to help them retain their shape as they dry. Place your shoes in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight and allow them to air dry completely before wearing them again.

How Do You Clean Hoka’s At Home?

  • Whenever you clean Hoka’s, use a toothbrush or small brush to gently clean the exterior. This will produce a better result than harsh chemicals that can damage your shoes.
  • Hoka’s are made of leather and synthetic materials so when you clean them make sure to test the cleaning products on the different materials to ensure they do not damage the exterior of the shoe.
  • You should have a routine set in place to deep clean your Hoka’s frequently. Without a system in place, your Hoka’s can become extremely dirty.

The following steps will help you deep clean your Hoka’s. After you clean your Hoka’s, see our tips below for extending the life of your Hoka shoes.

Steps to Cleaning Dirty Hoka’s at Home

  • First, take your Hoka’s outside and gently knock them together to remove any loose dirt.
  • Remove the laces and pull the tongue forward to prepare them for a deep cleaning.
  • Pour a small amount of water onto your shoes and using that old toothbrush, agitate the dirt starting from the leather portion down to the sole of the shoe.
  • Next, put a cup of water into your plastic tub along with a few drops of dawn dish soap, and mix them together. Using the toothbrush, cover the shoes in the soapy water liquid.
  • Proceed to scrub the shoes in small circular motions, removing as much dirt and debris as possible.
  • Working from top to bottom, clean your Hoka’s thoroughly to ensure you are cleaning the entire shoe.
  • Rinse the brush often for the best results.
  • Once all the dirt has been agitated with the toothbrush, use a damp microfiber towel to wipe away excess dirt and soap.
  • Once all the dirt is removed, dry the shoes with a towel and leave them out to dry. Avoid direct sunlight as that can cause yellow spots to appear on the leather.


If you follow the steps in this guide, you should have no problem keeping your Hoka shoes clean. Just remember to be gentle with them and to avoid using harsh chemicals.

Now that you know how to clean Hoka shoes, it’s time to put those newly cleaned shoes to good use! Get out there and enjoy your favorite activities in comfort and style.