Quick Tip-The Best Way to Dry Wet Running Shoes Quickly

If you read last Sunday’s post, you know how much I absolutely love to run in the rain during the summer months.

I Love Running in the Rain

Image by Marlin Keesler via flickr

There’s just nothing like it, and honestly, the harder it rains the more I like it.

There is just one issue with running in the rain, and that’s the fact that your shoes are soaked and it may take them a few days to dry out.

If you’re hoping to get another run in soon, that can be a real problem.

What is the Best Way to Dry Wet Running Shoes Quickly?

Some would say you should put your running shoes in the dryer, but I’m not a big fan of the idea.

It may be fine, but there’s just something about the idea of my shoes being tossed around in the dryer with the high heat action that makes me a little weary.

But here’s a trick you can take to the bank to dry wet running shoes quickly with no extra effort on your part at all.

Use the refrigerator.

Now, before you think I’m officially nuts, hear me out.

I didn’t say to put your shoes into the refrigerator, just to use it in a way that you may have never thought of before.

Every refrigerator I’ve ever seen has one thing in common, there is a vent at the bottom of the fridge, between the bottom of the door and the floor.

And that’s the key.

Without getting too technical, there is air being blown out of that vent every time your refrigerator or freezer runs a cooling cycle, which is fairly often.

And that air that comes out has two key features, it’s warm and it’s dry! Which is exactly the combo you are looking for.

If you simply take your wet running shoes, remove the insole (you can throw those in the dryer if you’d like), and lay the shoes on their sides with the opening pressed up against the vent on your fridge.

The Best Way to Dry Wet Running Shoes Quickly

The Best Way to Dry Wet Running Shoes Quickly

Go to bed, and I guarantee that when you wake up in the morning, your shoes will be bone dry.

Put the insoles back in, and you’re ready to hit the roads/trails!

Do You Have Any Other Tricks to Dry Wet Running Shoes Quickly?

8 replies
    • Denny
      Denny says:

      I’ve honestly never heard the newspaper idea. The only problem I have with it is that I don’t get a newspaper anymore!

    • Denny
      Denny says:

      I mean, I guess that’s an option. But if you’ve got nothing better to do with $20 than spend it on something that you really don’t need, I know a running coach with a blog and podcast that could put that cash to use! Hehehe.

  1. Aliya
    Aliya says:

    Great tip Denny! Thanks – its awfully sticky and humid and none of clothes have dried in days, but put my shoes under the fridge overnight like you suggested and they’re nearly dry! Might actually be able to run later today! 😀


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