How To Clean Vessi Shoes? (3 Easy Ways To Clean Vessi)

Have your Vessis turned messy? I’ve got your back! Despite being the world’s first waterproof shoe, it’s very likely that your Vessis will get dirty. On the plus side, these markers help to define character during excursions. However, Vessis will get ruined if not properly cleaned.

So, how should Vessi’s shoes be cleaned? There are numerous options. You can begin by applying soap and warm water, putting them in the washing machine (only the Weekend series), adding vinegar or baking soda, and so on. If your Vessi shoes continue to stink, you can deodorize them by using sneaker balls, socks, and keeping them dry, among other things.

However, to get an in-depth understanding of how to go about each process carefully without messing up while cleaning, read all the way to the end. Let us go over each method one by one.

How To Clean Vessi Shoes

How Do You Clean Vessi Shoes?

Cleaning Vessi shoes is essentially the same as cleaning most other shoes. Here’s an example:

DIY Cleaning Solution

Nothing beats the cleansing power of a detergent, and you should try it first. Prepare your cleaning solution by combining a few drops of laundry detergent in a bowl and start cleaning your shoes.

Allow the mud to dry completely before washing your Vessi. Why? Because moist mud can seep into the shoe and leave a permanent discoloration. And if you let the mud dry overnight, it will dump the next day. So, simply let them dry for a while until the mud gets cakey, as at this point it will be easier to remove the mud.

You can also smash the pair on the soles together to eliminate mud or dust off the extra dirt. If required, repeat this procedure. Alternatively, you can scrape off the dried mud using a tool or brush.

It’s time to clean your Vessi shoes now that they’re mud-free.

Remove the insoles and laces from the Vessi shoes.

  • Pull up the tongue of your shoe.
  • Take a soft brush and dip it in the cleaning solution.  
  • Apply a generous layer to the shoe and brush it using a circular motion. You can use a toothbrush to target the narrower areas of the shoe.
  • Rinse away any extra solution and continue the process until it is completely clean.
  • Wipe the damp Vessi with a dry towel and place them in a well-ventilated area to dry.
  • Repeat the same process for cleaning the laces and inserts.

Also check out: How To Clean Hey Dude Shoes?

Use A Water-Based Liquid Soap.

Here’s how you clean your Vessis using a water-based soap:

  • Remove the insoles and laces.
  • Dip your Vessi shoes in warm water for around 15 minutes.
  • Take a soft-bristled brush, and dampen it.
  • Squeeze some drops of liquid soap onto the brush, and start rubbing the soles in a circular motion.
  • Wet your sponge and add a few drops of liquid soap. Use just the soft side of the sponge, since any rough surface may cause fabric abrasion and pilling.
  • Rub the knit with the sponge until enough suds are formed.
  • Wipe the soap with a clean towel and rinse the shoes.
  • Repeat the entire process if needed.

Wash the laces and insoles in the same way (manually).

Alternatively, for tough stains and white Vessi shoes, you can use the baking soda, vinegar, and toothpaste method described for cleaning Brooks shoes.

Can You Put Vessi’s Shoes In The Washing Machine?

Only one model of Vessi shoes can be washed in the washing machine: the Weekend Sneakers. Simply remove the insoles and wash the shoes in cold water on moderate cycles in the washing machine.

I don’t recommend using the washing machine on the other Vessi shoes. This does not imply that you put your Weekend Sneakers in the dryer to dry.

Read more on: How To Clean Air Force Ones?

How Do You Dry Vessi?

Drying Vessis demands just as much care as cleaning them. So, after cleaning, dry your Vessis in the following ways:

Method 1: Use A Fan

Using a fan to dry your Vessi is an excellent method to speed up the drying process. It works for all Vessi shoes, although you must be delicate with suede ones. Here’s how you dry:

  • Remove the insoles and loosen the laces. However, it’s best to remove the laces and dry them separately.
  • Make an ‘S-shaped hook from an old wire and clamp one end to the Vessi and the other to the fan.
  • Repeat the same process for the other shoe, keeping both shoes at least 9 inches apart.
  • Turn the fan on medium or high for an hour or two.

For best results, keep your fan in an open, ventilated area.

Method 2: Make Newspaper Balls

Paper absorbs water well due to the presence of cellulose. Therefore, you can stuff some newspaper balls in your wet Vessi shoes and cover them with full newspaper sheets.

Ensure to use those having lighter ink to prevent any shoe staining. Leave your shoes to dry for around 2 hours and inspect for soaked newspaper balls. If the balls are highly saturated, replace them with new ones.

Alternatively, you can use towels in place of the newspaper.

How To Stop Vessi From Getting Dirty?

You’ve probably heard that prevention is better than cure. The same is true for Vessi; taking precautions to ensure Vessi does not get dirty is far better compared to having to clean Vessi regularly. So, what steps should you take to avoid getting your Vessi dirty? We’ve got you covered:

1. Avoid Stepping In Deep Puddles

Despite being completely waterproof, Vessi shoes should not be submerged in deep puddles for long. Second, water can get into the open ankle areas and wet them. So, ensure you take your steps wisely.

2. Wear Socks

As previously stated, going sockless will result in a foul odor. Why? As a general rule, fully waterproof shoes are not very breathable, and I’ve heard of people having breathability issues with Vessi. As a result, you should wear breathable socks with Vessi shoes to keep them sweat-free and odor-free.

3. Clean And Wash Your Shoes Occasionally

Vessi shoes stain easily, so I recommend washing them regularly. Don’t wait for the stains to become more pronounced and burden your cleaning days.

Do Vessi Shoes Make Your Feet Stink?

The Vessi shoes use a waterproof knit material called Dyma-tex. It isn’t just waterproof but also encourages sweat and moisture escape. For this reason, Vessi says it’s optional to wear socks with Vessi. However, I have heard a lot of sweat complaints from people going sockless in Vessi.

So, yes, they will make your feet stink because of the sweat if you go sockless. Remember that Vessi shoes are more breathable than most other waterproof shoes, but not as much as regular shoes.

How To Remove The Smell From Vessi’s Shoes?

Vessi has a bad reputation for being stinky. And here’s how you can fix this issue:

Use Sneaker Balls

Sneaker balls do not eliminate the sweat that causes odor, but rather work on it to produce a pleasant odor, similar to an air freshener. They contain substances such as baking soda, charcoal, or cyclodextrin, which absorb and suppress the foul odor and act as a bomb. To use a sneaker ball, twist it and store it inside your Vessi shoes when not in use.

The fragrance typically lasts 90 days, allowing you to use the ball for approximately two months.

Wear Moisture-Wicking/Cotton Socks

The goal of preventing foul odor away is to keep the sweat and moisture out. Why? Because when bacteria come in contact with sweat and water, they use them as a medium for growth.

That’s why breathable socks like moisture-wicking and cotton types serve this purpose. So, if your feet sweat excessively in Vessi, I recommend pairing them with these.

Odor Absorbing Insoles

These inserts or insoles are designed to keep your shoe odor-free by having moisture-wicking, anti-odor, and anti-microbial properties.

So, if you believe your Vessi shoes require an insole replacement, I recommend inserting them.

Clean Them 

Whatever I discussed previously will only provide temporary odor-free days and will not eliminate the bacteria that cause the odor.

As a result, make sure to clean your Vessi shoes regularly using the methods discussed previously.

Dry Thoroughly

Again, the goal is to keep as much moisture out as possible. As a result, after cleaning, you must dry your Vessi shoes.

Use Talc Or Starch 

Talcum powder and starch act as great adsorbents. Hence, they play a significant role in keeping your Vessi shoes dry and non-wet. So, employ the habit of sprinkling, spreading, and dusting off your Vessi shoes when not in use. Alternatively, you can also sprinkle baking soda powder overnight.

Silica Gel

Silica is an excellent desiccant, absorbing all of the moisture in its surroundings. Putting a silica bag in your Vessi shoes will keep them fresh and odorless.


Vessi shoes get stained quickly and give a tough time cleaning. However, there are some Vessi shoes that you can clean by tossing them in the washing machine, like the Weekend series. And all-in-all, you can employ the traditional household methods you use for washing other shoes. 

More Articles: