First aid for wet shoes

Wet shoes. How do you get your faithful companions dry in time?

Autumn is, if possible, the best season for trail running. But it is also often wet. You do not see those pools of water beneath the foliage, sometimes you really have to wade through the river and rain can also cause you to soak until your little toe comes home. Not to mention those wet shoes. How do you get your loyal companions dry in time for your next adventure?

Dry shoes

In fact, drying your shoes is child’s play. You hardly have to do anything. Remove the inner soles and lay them flat to dry in the house. Simply at room temperature. For the shoes, grab an old newspaper and stuff it in the shoes. Here too it applies to let the shoes dry at room temperature. If your shoes are really soaked, you can regularly refresh the newspaper clogs. The newsprint absorbs moisture and that speeds up the drying process. In addition, the plugs ensure that the shoes remain in their original form and that the upper does not dry up dents and can therefore cause pressure marks.

Don’t put on a shoe

Even though it is almost Sinterklaas, it is better not to put your running shoes to dry near the stove or on the heating to allow them to dry quickly. Sounds tempting to slide your feet into a pair of warm, dry running shoes, but you will by no means enjoy your shoes with it. The material dries out. Both the sole, the layers of glue and your nice soft inner lining of the shoe undergo a transformation when you let them dry with heat. In addition, it also does not improve the lifespan of your shoes. It can have a negative influence on cushioning, the sole and the overall quality of the shoe.

Can I wash my shoes in the washing machine?

A question that is often asked, but it is not advisable. If your shoes are really dirty, clean them with a brush and warm water. Do not immerse them completely in the water and do not allow them to stand for a while. Try to avoid detergents as much as possible, because just like heat (hot water, stove, sun, etc.), this has a negative effect on the quality of the shoes. And drying in the dryer? It is clear that you can really do better, unless you really want to have new shoes.

Need heavy guns?

The one wet shoe is not the other. How did your shoes get soaked? Have you walked through the surf on the beach, or have your shoes seen a few cow pans up close in a swampy pasture? Also thought that our rain still contains a certain acidity? Due to certain “humid conditions”, there may also come a bit of air on your shoes, not to mention the influence of bacteria, salt water, etc. In such cases, you still need a bit heavier guns and it is still necessary to give your shoes a bath with a non-aggressive cleaning agent, or to spray them clean with the garden hose.

Back up

If you want to go running again the next day, your shoes are not dry yet! It is not a luxury to have a second pair of trail or running shoes in your possession. Not only do you still have a dry pair of shoes, but you also give your shoes the chance to air well and it extends the life of your shoes. In addition, changing shoes is also good to prevent a one-sided stress on your body.

See you at the trails!