Can You Wash Toms Shoes? Yes You Can

Can you wash Toms shoes?

While we own no pair of Toms shoes, our friends who do. say that Toms shoes care is simple. They gave us these Toms Washing Instructions.  They assure us that you indeed can safely wash Toms shoes in the washing machine.  Plus, they tell many success stories of doing just that.  These instructions take a conservative approach to the washing.  This lowers the risk of damaging the Toms.  But you still get them very clean.  Here’s how to wash Toms safely.

Can You Wash Toms Shoes?  Yes.  Here’s How

Toms Pre Treatment Instructions

First of all, how ever you choose to wash your Toms, be sure to clean off any dust, dried mud, or other surface dirt from the under-soles and sides first.  You can use a brush while pre soaking to remove the grub.  Start off with soaking in COLD water, and then, progress to warm water only if some larger chunks of dirt remain.

Toms Shoes Machine Wash Instructions

Next, we would only use the washer on heavily soiled or smelly Toms.  For such situations, use standard temperature warm or hot water (if the shoes are really dirty) on your washer, the gentle cycle only, and apply your favorite laundry detergent after the machine is half full.  Let the detergent mix with the water a little, and then add the shoes.  This step assures that any strong chemicals in the soap have been diluted sufficiently, to safeguard the Toms.

Furthermore, let the washing machine run through its most gentle cycle and when it’s done, remove the Toms, and air dry them.

Toms Shoes Hand Wash Instructions

Third, for lightly soiled Toms, there’s no need to risk damaging them in the washer however, as they can be effectively hand-washed at the kitchen sink in cold water with a mild soap.  The manufacturer recommends hand washing the Toms.  Rinse them off and then sit them in some warm place to air dry until all signs of wetness have gone.  Avoid using cleaning chemicals any harsher than laundry soap that contains no bleach.

Toms Shoes Drying Instructions

Air dry your Toms, but not in direct sunlight, as this might make their delicate colors fade.

If you need to wear them quickly, put them in the dryer, but only on low heat, or on the air-dry setting.  Some recommend throwing a few damp towels in with them so that the Toms are not constantly thumping hard against the dryer tumbler walls and louvers.  Thus when you add the towels, they wear less.

Can you Wash Toms Shoes?  Warnings and Disclaimers

Next, avoid putting any un-diluted soaps, baking soda, or any other chemical directly on your Toms shoes. These can easily damage the shoes, or cause the colors to fade, or leather to dry out.

Also, these cleaning procedures are only recommendations and are not offered as “the correct” way to wash Toms.  The author is not liable for shoes that are damaged by following these recommendations.

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References for Can You Wash Toms

  1. Toms Shoes   Website
  2. Toms Shoes   on Wikipedia

Revision History

  • 2021-08-23: Revised the internal links and tags lists.
  • 2019-03-13: Fixed some typos.
  • 2018-04-09: Changed post title again, and revised the content for better targeting.
  • 2017-01-15: Changed this article’s title to: Yes You Can Wash Toms, How To Instructions
  • 2015-12-06: Added appropriate tags.
  • 2014-12-27: Moved to the   Tom’s Tek Stop   blog, revised the text, and adjusted ad placement.
  • 2012-05-01: Originally published.