While no shoe lasts a lifetime, with proper care and periodic repair, Birkenstocks canprovide you with years of comfort. Here are some tips to keep your footwear looking good for years to come:
Smooth and Oiled Leather Uppers
Use leather cleaner to remove dust and dirt; use leather conditioner to keep the leather supple and maintain the lustre; use shoe cream to add color and renew a dull finish.
Suede and Nubuck Uppers
Use a brush (a bristle brush and not a steel brush) and block regularly, to prevent buildup of plaque from dust and water mixing; stainproof to prevent stains from setting in (use a silicone free spray....to prevent color change, texture change, and insure breathability!); use leather cleaner for deep stains; and suede renew to recolor those dark colors bleached out by the sun or excess road salt.
Keep your footbeds from develping an unpleasant odor; brush them regularly with a bristle brush, and clean them periodically with Birkenstock Footbed cleaner.
Use the above information depending on the materials of your shoe; and use genuine, Birkenstock Cedar shoe trees, which are that special oblique shape of your shoes. They will draw moisture away from your footwear keeping them smelling fresh as well as preventing, premature wrinkling and folding of leather uppers.