Drying clothes in the dryer became a new norm. But what about footwear? Can you put shoes in the dryer?
Can You Put Shoes in the Dryer?
Do not put your shoes in the dryer. The high heat can warp the soles (Source) and affect the glue or other materials used in the shoe. It is best to dry your shoes away from any source of excessive heat.
These shoe brands unanimously confirm this statement:
– Nike (Source from the official website)
– Adidas (Source from the official website)
– Vans (Source from the official website)
– Converse (Source from the official website)
– New Balance (Source from the official website)
– Hoka One One (Source)
Can You Dry Shoes in the Sun?
Letting your shoes air dry in the sun is not advisable. Adidas recommends avoiding direct sunlight since certain types of shoes might change their coloring or shrink (Source). If you are going to place your shoes outside, choose a shady spot.
The Best Way to Dry Shoes
The best way to dry shoes is by leaving them air dry.
To improve the airflow, pull the tongue out to open the shoe. Also, if possible, remove the insole and the laces and dry them separately. If you are going to place your shoes outside, choose a shady spot.
How Long Does it Take to Air Dry Shoes
Air drying sneakers takes approx. twelve hours. The exact time depends on the specific shoe, the room’s ambient temperature, humidity, etc. However, air drying isn’t the only safe method you can use. We have tested five ways to dry shoes both safely and fast and found the quickest one. For more information, read our dedicated article.
How to Dry Shoes in the Dryer?
If you decide to put your shoes into the dryer, despite not being recommended, use low heat to minimize the risk of damage. To prevent the shoes from banging loudly in the dryer or pushing the dryer door open, you can use this easy trick. Take the shoes and tie all the laces together in one small knot at the end. Then close the laces in the dryer door, leaving the knot outside the dryer. This way, you will keep the shoes still.