I’m a footwear expert – how to clean your Birkenstock sandals for summer and get the brown insoles looking new again | The Sun

THERE'S nothing worse than getting out your favourite pair of Birkenstock sandals for summer, only to find a grubby looking black footprint on the insole.

But one footwear expert has explained just how to get the sandals looking new again – and it's super easy.

The woman, who works at the Walk Rite shoe shop in British Columbia, took to the company's TikTok page to share a video explaining how to properly clean the insoles of Birkenstocks and similar sandals like the Mephisto's.

First of all she uses the Foam Tex cleaner, pumping some of it onto a microfibre cloth, which she uses to clean the leather uppers of the sandal and the side of the sole.

"Then I take a fine grain sandpaper and lightly sand the insole to bring up the natural colour," she explained.

The sanding means that the grubby footprint disappears and the natural beige colour of the insole returns.

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She then takes a cork sealant product – like the Collonil Cork Shoe Treatment – and applies it to the cork sides of the shoes.

"This helps the cork not to crumble over time and helps waterproof it," she explained.

"You’ll want to do one coat, wait 20 minutes and then do another one.

"And there you have it – your sandals are like new again!"

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In the comments section, other people shared their own tips for how to clean the sandals.

"Use magic eraser works like magic," one person wrote.

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While another suggested: "I use mod podge on the cork."

To which the woman replied: "I’ve never heard of using that before! That would be a good substitute."

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