It is hard to not going for running if you are a notorious runner and you don’t care about the weather, whether is good or not. You just go for a long run as you do this every day. You want to run in every situation.

So it is raining outside but you want to go for a run. You can run a very long. And complete your daily job for running a lot. But in this bad weather, you might be run but your shoes might be ruin after your run.

To properly take care of your shoes is necessary after you run in this weather. You can properly know how you can dry your shoes to maintain their durability and comfortability. If you will take care of your shoe, its lifespan will increase and provide you maximum comfort.

How to Dry Wet Running Shoes

After complete the run, it is time to care for your shoes to maintain their lifespan and comfort. To maintaining their life, we have a quick guide on how to dry wet running shoes quickly and safely.

Method 1

Step 1:

The first step is; Remove the insoles (or orthotics if you wear them) from your shoes and totally loosen the laces. You can also separate your shoelaces for much better and quick results.

Step 2:

The following second step for dry your shoes; Pull the tongue of the shoe forward, this is doing because the air will easily circulate completely the shoe. Which further saves the time to dry faster.

Step 3:

Step number three is noticeable. You must find a dry place and then place your shoe in a dry place. A dry place helps the shoes to dry much faster. Make sure some newspapers are placed under the shoes.

Step 4:

Further, this step is compulsory. Never apply artificial heat to your running sneakers or shoes to dry them such as blow dryers, drying machines, baseboard heaters, radiators, etc because this type of heat will destroy your shoe immediately.

Step 5:

If shoes are exceedingly wet, insert some crumpled up dry newspaper into them for some minutes and the paper will absorb some of the moisture from your shoes. Remove the newspaper and then dry using the steps above. OR How to dry wet running shoes without a newspaper? There is another method is using the Stuffitts for Shoes.

Cedar-stuffed inserts with a removable, washable cover are called “Stuffit.” Stuffit speeds up the drying process and reduces the odor of your shoes at the same time. Stuffit Shoe Savers has a leather sling strap connected to them for portability. To speed up the drying process, simply stuff the Stuffitts into your soaking-wet shoes.

Step 6:

Wet shoes are a badge of honor. You were out running when most wouldn’t even venture outdoors!

Step 7:

The second pair of running shoes to turn will ensure you that you have a dry pair ready for your next run.

Method 2

Using Fan

All houses contain fans. Simply remove the insoles from your shoes and loosen all laces, and stretch out the shoes’ tongues, these techniques increase the speed of drying fast in front of the fan.

If your house contains only ceiling fan, you can also place under the ceiling fan but it is very good to place these shoe on the chair. So the air passes these shoes easily and fastly and dries your wet shoes fastly.

Placed Under the Sun

It is a much working method that you can place your wet shoes under the sun. It is much working and saves you a lot of time and dry your shoe in no time. But it is notable it may ruin your shoe color, their material. If you want to keep under the sun so you can only place some minutes to avoiding any destruction in the shoe.

How to Stop Running Shoes From Getting Wet

Change your socks and shoes quickly as you reach home because they will get damp while you are fasting. To ensure that your shoes are dry, stuff them with paper. This will expedite the drying process and minimize the chance of warping due to moisture intrusion. 

You can prevent your running shoes from getting wet by applying some lotions. Use Duct Tape or Body Glide Balm, this will help your shoes to prevent blisters and bound your shoes to increase the lifespan of your running shoe.

Things To Avoid

Following are the two things you might be used for drying your shoes but they damage and destroy your shoes instantly. Try to avoid the following things;


Don’t ever use any kind of dryer to dry your shoes. It will ruin your shoes completely. Besides being a waste of time and energy, the heat can enhance the odor factor as well as damage materials and adhesives.


You might be used this technique, but as we said earlier it provides you less benefit and give you more loss. If you placed your shoes for an hour or longer, it will ruin your shoes and destroy the color and materials. This method dries quickly but it can damage your shoes much faster.

Final Words

If you got caught in the rain during your run, now don’t worry about this. Above are the 2 methods to dry your wet running shoes fastly and safely. Applying one of the two methods you can get back your shoes in normal.

These 2 methods are very safe and fast, but never use any dryer because it will ruin your shoes completely and waste your money. Also, avoid not using the sun to dry your running shoes.

Simply applying the one method, the first method is most preferred and works well, and using a high speed fan is a very good idea to dry your shoes. And avoiding these two things will help your shoes dry faster and safely.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I effectively dry my wet running shoes?

To effectively dry wet running shoes, start by removing any excess moisture by blotting them with a dry towel or paper towels. Then, stuff the shoes with crumpled newspaper or dry towels to absorb the remaining moisture. Place the shoes in a well-ventilated area at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight or high heat sources, as they can damage the materials. Allow the shoes to air dry completely, which may take several hours or even overnight. Avoid using a clothes dryer or placing the shoes near a heater, as excessive heat can warp or shrink the shoes.

Can I use a hairdryer or other heat source to speed up the drying process?

While it may be tempting to use a hairdryer or other heat source to expedite the drying process, it is not recommended. Direct heat can cause the materials of your running shoes to warp, shrink, or even melt, compromising their structure and fit. It’s best to allow your shoes to air dry naturally at room temperature. If you’re in a hurry, you can stuff the shoes with newspaper or dry towels to help absorb moisture more quickly.

My running shoes got wet in the rain. Should I place them near a heater?

No, it is not advisable to place wet running shoes near a heater or any other high heat source. The direct heat can cause the materials of the shoes to deform, shrink, or lose their structural integrity. It’s best to let your shoes dry naturally at room temperature in a well-ventilated area. If you’re concerned about the drying time, you can stuff them with newspaper or dry towels to help absorb excess moisture. Patience is key to ensure your shoes dry properly and maintain their performance and longevity.

David James
Meet David James, a distinguished authority in the realm of shoes, renowned for his comprehensive expertise in shoe reviews and guidance. With a deep-rooted passion for footwear, David seamlessly blends his academic background, hands-on experience, and keen insights to offer readers a holistic perspective on shoes. **Education:** David holds a Bachelor's degree in Footwear Design and Technology from a prestigious institution, where he delved into the intricate engineering, design principles, and material science that underpin every pair of shoes. His academic pursuits have armed him with a solid foundation, enabling him to dissect shoes from both an artistic and functional standpoint. **Experience:** With over a decade of experience in the industry, David has worn many professional shoes – from designing and crafting shoes to evaluating their performance on various terrains. He has collaborated with renowned footwear brands, contributing his expertise to the creation of cutting-edge shoe collections. His hands-on involvement in the creation process has granted him an intimate understanding of the craftsmanship and innovation required for exceptional footwear.