How to Dry Wet Running Shoes Super Quick

Running Shoes

couple walking with wet running shoes in the rain

Getting caught in a downpour during a run has probably happened to all of us at one point or another.

While this can sometimes be a fun way to hit some more mileage, your shoes are likely to get wet.

Your sneakers or trainers can also get wet after washing and you’d have to figure out a way to get them dry before wearing again.

How do you dry running shoes which have become wet due to whatever reason? Well, there are lots of conventional and unorthodox methods out there.

However, some of these methods could end up damaging your shoes significantly so you have to be wary of them.

Here are the best ways to dry running shoes:

Using a Fan to Dry Your Running Shoes

One of the top recommended methods for getting your running shoes dry and ready for the trail is to use a fan.

If your shoes feature removable soles, you can be sure that the drying process can become quicker and easier.

The first step is to remove the soles and untie the laces , if any. Then stretch out the shoes’ tongues so they can stick out and make the inner areas more accessible to the fan.

Then place the wet shoes as well as insoles and wet laces in front of your fan which is set to maximum speed.

If your home has only a ceiling fan, get a dinning chair or anything that is elevated highly from the ground and place it directly under the ceiling fan. Then, put your wet shoes and accessories on the chair and switch the fan to maximum speed.

Drying Running Shoes with Folded Newspapers

wet shoes stuffed with newspapers to dry

If your running shoes are extremely wet as a result of heavy pounding by the rain, getting it completely dry could become more difficult. However, all is not lost as we can show you a tried and tested trick that can get the deed done within a couple of hours.

The first step is to remove the laces and insoles if possible. Then fold as many pieces of old newspapers as possible into the shoes and leave them alone for couple of hours.

The old newspapers will absorb about 70% of the water drenched inside the shoes.

Lastly, remove the newspapers after a few hours and leave the shoes in a cool area to dry completely.

Dying Under A Shade in the Sun

This is another quality method for getting your shoes dry during hotter times of the year. It simply involves removing wet laces, insoles, and orthotics from your shoes and drying all of them together under a shade in the sun.

If you live in the country with trees in your backyard, you can simply leave the shoes under the tree. It helps protect them from the sun’s rays while taking advantage of the atmospheric conditions to dry as quickly as possible.

Unconventional Running Shoes Drying Methods.

Here are a few methods that can also be relied upon to get your wet shoes dried out. While these methods may get the job done, keep in mind that they can be detrimental to the lifespan of the most well-crafted shoes.

Drying Directly Under the Sun

direct sun drying of running shoes

During the summer and other sunny times of the year, leaving your wet shoes in the sun can be one of the best ways to get it dried. While this method is quite popular in some of the most temperate regions in the world today, it doesn’t come without its hazards.

Firstly, the sun’s rays can be harsh on the synthetic or rubber material used for the manufacture of most running shoes. It can lead to quick disintegration of the seams, causing your running shoes to get worn out within a short period of time.

Apart from that, many hours under the sun can lead to your shoe’s colors and designs fading out quickly.

Drying out your shoe in the direct sun once or twice in its lifetime won’t be the end of the world but you have to refrain from making this your go-to method every time they are wet.

Putting Your Running Shoes in A Dryer

shoes being placed in dryer

Few sounds can be more annoying than that of running shoes bouncing around inside your dryer. While this can get your shoes dried and ready for wear in no time, there are several reasons why you should stay away completely from it.

Firstly, the excessive heat can lead to pungent odors in running shoes that will refuse to go away no matter how hard you try. You don’t want everyone raising their eyebrows whenever you remove your shoes in public, would you?

Secondly, it doubles or triples your pounding mileage, resulting in the seams and other parts wearing out within a short period of time.

If you don’t want to be back at the shoe store every couple of weeks for a new purchase, you should look for an alternative way to dry your running shoes.

Hair Dryer

Many of us have resorted to drying our sneakers with a hair dryer in a bid to get them dried and ready to hit the road as soon as possible. However, this is a terrible drying method that can gravely affect the lifespan of even the most durable shoes.

First of all, you could easily forget about it and leave the dryer stuck in the shoes which could light up a fire as a result of the excessive heat.

Even if you are lucky enough to prevent a fire, the pungent odor from the heat can leave permanent marks on your beloved running shoes.


​It is up to you to decide which of the above methods is suitable for your running shoes at any point in time.

Once your shoes are completely dried, make sure the laces are aptly tied so you can get it ready for your next run.​