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I have a pair of shoes that I want to clean, (not just wipe down but put in the washing machine). I know this shouldn't be done for clothes but how about shoes?

  • Welcome to the site. Consider rephrasing this to make it more general e.g. "Is it permissible" rather than "can I". – mevaqesh Jul 22 '15 at 1:02
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  • Although this seems daft in retrospect, I though the question was about bathing and then putting on shoes. Maybe it should be changed from "wash and then wear shoes" to "wash shoes and then wear them." – Chaim Jun 11 '17 at 18:35
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Probably not based on the halacha that allows applying polish if the shoe color has faded but does not permit shining. This may be helpful http://halachahbyemail.blogspot.com/2012/07/polishing-shoes-during-nine-days.html

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If it is not a cloth-like material, it wouldn't be considered "kibus". If you can wash your dishes, you can wash your shoes.

  • Is leather cloth like? Many shoes are made from cotton, leather and other regular clothing materials. I've never seen porcelain shoes. (I've seen wooden shoes.) – Double AA Sep 14 '16 at 13:45
  • Leather is not cloth like enough to be considered kibus with just rinsing. Only scrubbing would be kibus by leather. – Mark A. Sep 14 '16 at 23:19
  • So scrubbing shoes is prohibited in the nine days? – Double AA Sep 15 '16 at 13:22
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    @DoubleAA, I've seen porcelain shoes, but they weren't intended for wearing. – msh210 Nov 13 '16 at 12:57
  • This answer could do with citations for its claims. – msh210 Nov 13 '16 at 12:57

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