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The 9 best machine-washable shoes for men and women — loafers, flats, boots and more

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The general rule of thumb for cleaning shoes is to do so by hand to preserve their integrity and shape. While most people use a rag, specialty shoe cleaners and brushes, dish soap and some elbow grease, this is a chore and actually doesn’t guarantee that the shoe will reach its full original luster.

In an effort to make cleaning shoes easier and less time-consuming, a few brands have created machine-washable footwear that requires little-to-no effort to clean. Simply toss them in the washing machine!

From sneakers and loafers to ballet flats and boots, many machine-washable shoes are available today for both men and women.

During the upcoming fall and winter seasons, the streets tend to get dirty quickly, so investing in a pair of machine-washable shoes is honestly a game changer. Below, we’ve rounded up the nine best picks, separated into different categories:

From the best pure white men’s sneakers that will remain white forever to the best women’s fall boot that’s both comfy and stylish, these are the absolute best machine-washable shoes to add to your wardrobe.

Keep scrolling to check out and shop each pick.

1. Best Pure White Men’s Sneaker: The Rothy’s RS01 Sneaker, $175

Credit: Rothy’s
Credit: Rothy’s

$175 at Rothy's

Keeping pure white sneakers pristine is almost impossible, but nothing beats the classic and neutral look of an all-white sneaker. Rothy’s has the whitest white sneakers I’ve ever seen (thanks to its pure white laces, white heel, white detailing, etc.), and it’s super easy to keep them clean with Rothy’s’ signature machine-washable fabric. Toss them in the wash when they get dirty, and any stains will come right out.

2. Best Slip-On Women’s Sneaker: The Rothy’s Original Slip-On Sneaker, $125

Credit: Rothy’s
Credit: Rothy’s

$125 at Rothy's

Rothy’s remains one of the top authorities in machine-washable shoes and offers tons of different styles and silhouettes for both men and women. The Original Slip-On Sneaker for women remains one of its top sellers, and, like the men’s RS01 Sneaker, these comfortable pure white shoes are easy to clean since they’re 100% machine-washable.

3. Most Affordable: Keds Women’s Kickback Canvas Washable Sneakers, $54.95

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Credit: Keds

$54.95 at Keds

Keds is known for comfortable and budget-friendly shoes for the entire family, and its Women’s Kickback Canvas Washable Sneakers is a top seller. These 100% cotton canvas sneakers have a well-cushioned footbed for all-day comfort and are 100% machine-washable. They come in three colors, and sizes range from five to 11.

4. Top Foldable Women’s Flats: VIVAIA Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats, $97

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Credit: VIVAIA

$97 at VIVAIA

If you’re looking for a quality pair of flats that are easy to stow away when you’re on the go, these are the best ones to buy. What shoppers love most about VIVAIA’s Pointed-Toe Ballet Flats is that they’re easy to fold and pack in your purse without creasing or damaging the shoe. Also, with so many colors, fabrics and silhouettes available, these are perfect for all four seasons.

5. Best Men’s Chelsea Boot: The Rothy’s Merino Chelsea Boot, $275

Credit: Rothy’s
Credit: Rothy’s

$275 at Rothy's

With cold-weather season just around the corner, now is the best time to invest in a pair of quality Chelsea boots that you don’t have to meticulously clean. As expected, Rothy’s has some of the most reliable and well-designed boots on the market.

For the fellas, the Merino Chelsea Boot is the best pick for both casual and formal looks. Sizes go all the way up to 16. What I love most about these boots is they don’t need breaking in. The premium merino wool perfectly takes the shape of your foot. Made from Rothy’s’ signature thread, just toss them in the wash when they get dirty.

6. Best Fall Women’s Boot: The Rothy’s Merino Ankle Boot, $245

Credit: Rothy’s
Credit: Rothy’s

$245 at Rothy's

Similarly, the brand’s Merino Ankle Boot for women is a hot-ticket item. Sizes go up to a women’s 13, and though they’re durable and built to withstand the elements, these are chic and extremely soft. Like the men’s Merino Chelsea Boot, these are knit with premium merino wool and made of the same signature, 100% machine-washable thread.

For ladies looking for a chunkier boot that’s just as fashion-forward but a little more elevated, The Rothy’s Utility Boot is a great pick.

7. Top Everyday Women’s Shoe: Allbirds Women’s Wool Runners, $110

Credit: Allbirds
Credit: Allbirds

$110 at Allbirds

Allbirds makes some of the comfiest shoes for men and women, and its Wool Runners are a No. 1 best-selling pick. Specifically designed to withstand any lifestyle or task, from running and exercising to going for walks or commuting to work, these sneakers are described as the perfect everyday shoe by many.

These machine-washable shoes come in 15 colors, and the women’s sizes range from five to 11.

8. Best Men’s Loafer: The Rothy’s Driving Loafer, $185

Credit: Rothy’s
Credit: Rothy’s

$185 at Rothy's

We can’t talk about the best machine-washable shoes without mentioning the beautifully made Rothy’s Driving Loafer. This machine-washable men’s shoe instantly elevates any look and has a luxe and sophisticated silhouette that’s hard to find. Available in 12 colors and patterns and 16 sizes ranging from seven to 16, these loafers are extremely lightweight and comfortable. I own four pairs, and every time I wear them, I feel like I have on slippers — they’re that comfortable.

9. Most Lightweight Women’s Sneaker: Cariuma Sand Knit Sneaker, $98

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Credit: Cariuma

$98 at Cariuma

Made from bamboo and recycled plastics, what shoppers love most about these knit shoes is that they’re completely machine-washable. Cariuma’s Sand Knit Sneaker is as light as a feather and perfect for everyday wear. It has that classic silhouette, and, best of all, it’s so easy to clean.

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