Wearing wet shoes aren’t just tremendously uncomfortable but also cause blisters and bacterial or fungal infections. A wet environment is perfect for mold to grow.
Now you may start thinking about what’s the secret to drying wet sneakers, boots, or any closed footwear. Whether your shoes get wet during rain or for regular cleaning, it will take much time to become dry again without a dryer.
On the other hand, experts recommend avoiding machine dryers, as there is a risk of potentially shrinking and damaging the footwear. There are a few better and safer ways to dry wet sneakers or other closed shoes quickly.
In this guide, we’ll be discussing some of the tried and tested fastest ways to dry shoes. Hopefully, these secret tips and tricks will help you bid goodbye to the squishy blister-prone steps and nasty smelly shoes. So, let’s begin!
WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID THE DRYER?
You may be eager to know how to dry shoes after washing them without a dryer. Meanwhile, you’re confused about why you shouldn’t rely on the machine dryers despite being the fastest way of drying shoes.
The shoes get beat up roughly while tumbling around the dryer. Moreover, your shoes could lose the perfect fit. The excess heat not only shrinks your shoes but also damages the glue used for construction. As a result, the shoes get deformed or come apart quickly.
So, if you want to maintain the shape and fittings of your shoes as it is for years, you should strictly avoid dryers.
HOW DO DRY SHOES OVERNIGHT WITHOUT A DRYER?
If you want to completely dry them before you hit the trail or get on the treadmill the next day, follow these quickest ways to dry shoes without damaging them or altering their fit.
Using newspaper to dry wet shoes is one of the easiest methods, though it’s not the fastest one. You can use newspaper to dry out most types of shoes.
Newspaper is made from wood pulp and recycled materials, so it easily soaks up excess water from the shoes and is easy to maneuver into the shoes. Here is how to dry out shoes using newspaper -
Keeping shoes in front of the fan is a better option than the previous one to dry out soaking wet shoes quickly. Plus, you don’t have to be worried about getting ink marks on your shoes from the newspaper.
Here is how to dry sneakers or any closed footwear after washing them, as I mentioned in the previous method –
using Uncooked rice
Regardless of the evidence, several websites suggest putting any electronic device that has been submerged in liquid in a container of rice.
I don’t know whether this rice trick works for electronic devices or not. However, it sounds right, even if it is not, as the uncooked rice genuinely has water-absorbing power.
So, there is nothing wrong to apply the same hack to draw the excess water out of shoes. Check it how –
If you have canvas or cloth shoes, you can dry out the shoes using the fridge. You just need to keep the wet shoes in front of the fridge vent, located below the fridge door. After the fridge’s cooling cycle, the appliance’s vent releases hot and dry air, which will speed up the drying process.
using Dehumidifying Shoe Inserts
Dehumidifying shoe inserts are powerful desiccants and shoe deodorizers. All you need to do is put the shoe insert into the wet shoes and wait for a few hours. You will get fresh and great-smelling shoes after a few hours.
HOW LONG DOES SHOES TAKE TO DRY?
They will take at least:
CAN YOU PUT SHOES IN THE DRYER?
If you’re in a hurry, you could dry out wet shoes in the dryer on low heat. Don’t forget to put the shoes in a mesh bag keeping the shoelaces tied up together.
HOW TO DRY SHOES IN THE DRYER
using A Shoe dryer
The shoe dryer works by blowing warm air inside the shoes. The warm airflow dries out the shoes faster than other methods. They are easy to use and worth it if you regularly wear the shoes. Here’s how to use them:
using Washing Machine dryer
The canvas, cotton, or polyester shoes could be washed and dried out using a washing machine dryer, but check the shoe’s care label before all. If the shoe allows machine wash and dry, go ahead with these steps –
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Can You Dry Shoes in the Microwave or Oven?
Drying shoes in an oven or microwave is not a good idea, especially for athletic shoes. The heat will damage the adhesive or glue holding your shoes together.
2. How to dry suede shoes?
Suede shoes are the ones we never want to get wet. Unfortunately, if you have gotten them wet, no drying methods could get them looking like new. Using a blow drier is the only way that will help you dry out the wet suede shoes without further damaging them.
Check it how you can dry suede shoes -
3. Can I blow dry my shoes?
Yes! You can dry out your shoes with a blow dryer but make sure you haven’t exposed your shoes to the heat of a blow dryer for more than a few minutes.
4. How to dry wet shoes without smelling them?
Using dehumidifying shoe inserts is the best way to dry out wet shoes without making them smell.
That’s all about drying wet sneakers, boots, or other closed shoes. Now the choice is yours. It would be best if you alternately dry out the shoes by following machine drying and air drying methods.
The natural air drying methods could take more time than the machine dryers but are safer enough for all types of shoes. If time is your concern, you regularly wear such closed footwear, I would suggest having two or more pairs and wearing them alternatively to enhance the longevity of the shoes and stop smelling them badly.
Jeffrey has a Master of Science degree in sports science and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Jeffrey has worked in sports medicine clinics, corporate wellness facilities and rehabilitation clinics. He/She is an exercise physiologist and fitness consultant who has been writing about sports equipment and training techniques for athletes and fitness enthusiasts for over a decade.