Imagine wearing a pair of wet soggy shoes. They are very uncomfortable to wear, right? You will definitely feel annoyed being in water-soaked shoes. But did you actually ever walk or run in wet shoes? If you did, it surely happened without any preparation. Unexpected rain or snow is mostly responsible for your wet shoes. Besides that, while walking on the beach, you are most likely to get your shoes of boots wet.
Incase if your shoes or boots are getting completely soaked, don’t you worry. Make sure you don’t wear those wet shoes for too long. If you wear them for a long time, it can cause many skin problems like blisters. So never forget to remove your wet socks immediately and take out the laces from your wet shoes or boots.
Now your second task is to dry those shoes instantly. Some people think that ovens can dry shoes. What’s your thought on that? Can you really dry wet shoes in the ovens? The answer is no, you should not dry your shoes in the ovens. Shoes are made of different leather or synthetic materials, typically bounding together with glue. When you put your shoes in the ovens, the excessive heat destroys the adhesive’s power. As a result, your shoes get completely damaged.
How to Dry Wet shoes- Here is the Solution
There are plenty of options available for you to dry shoes without even drying shoes in the oven. Just take a look at all the possible ways I’ve mentioned here.
1. Dry your shoes in a dryer
The dryer is an amazing way to dry your shoes quickly. It is fast but risky. The machine’s heating process could do damage to your shoes’ glue. If you don’t know the whole process of drying shoes in the dryer, you should not try it. It may ruin your favorite shoes.
If you are totally new to this drying process, you can apply this method with your old shoes. Here I will describe the whole process for you.
First, check your shoes’ inner care label to see whether you can dry shoes with a machine or not. If you don’t see any recommendation of machine dry in the label, don’t try this. For example, “A square with an X” means you should not dry shoes in the machine. A circle in the Square means you can dry shoes with low heat.
If you don’t see any care label or don’t understand the signs in the label, see what kinds of materials are used to make shoes. If your shoes are made of cotton, canvas or polyester, you can dry them in the machine. Please don’t put your shoes in the machine if your shoes are made of leather or suede. It can dry the fabric of shoes and lead to crack.
Don’t forget to tie your shoes with their laces and then put them in the dryer so that nothing can separate them.
Hold your shoes by the laces, put your shoes in the machine, and before closing make sure the laces are stuck with the closed door and the shoes are in a hanging position.
Turn the dryer on and click the button “Air Dry.” If you don’t find this button, try to dry at the lowest temperature so that your shoes’ fabric doesn’t shrink. Keep it on for 20 minutes. Then turn off the dryer and carefully open the door and grab the shoes before falling off. If your shoes are not entirely dry, put them back for another 5 minutes in the same way.
Can you tumble dry your shoes?
Many people have confusion about drying your shoes in the tumble dryer. But can you actually tumble dry your shoes? Well, yes, you can! But you will have to take some precautions to save your shoes from premature damage.
When you wash your shoes and want to tumble dry, you may face several unwanted situations. Firstly, a noisy thumping sounds permeate your house. It also kicks your dryer’s door open. Even the rubber soles can be deformed or shrink with the heat generated by dryers.
You can get rid of these problems by following some precautionary steps before drying. To do that, tie the laces of both shoes and keep them in a hanging position. Remember to keep one shoe inside the dryer while the other one is outside the dryer. When your dryer will run, it will reduce the thumping noise and risk of getting the door open.
In some cases, many dryers have optional drying racks for drying shoes and other cloth stuff. If your drier has that option, consider yourself lucky as you can easily dry your shoes using the racks without risking any damage to your shoes and your dryer. It will be better than hanging shoes outside the dryer. Though this kind of dryer is expensive, it is completely safe to dry any kind of stuff.
Which shoe materials you can’t put in the tumble dryer?
When you use a tumble dryer, some shoes are better to air dry than drying in a machine. These include leather or faux leather shoes, rubber shoes, waterproof shoes, wool shoes, suede boots, or suede shoes. The shoes will have a high risk of premature damage due to the heat. So think twice before using dryers. If you have no other better option other than the dryer, apply a very minimal heat.
2. Air dry your shoes
No matter how careful you are, there is always a risk of drying your shoes in the machine. So a safer option is to dry them in the air. Just hang your shoes on the rope and let them dry in the air for 1 or 2 days. The drawback of the method is that you can not air dry at low temperatures. Fasten up the process with paper or rugged cloth.
3. Use Old Paper hacks to dry shoes
Your first task will be to take off your boots immediately. Shove some pieces of newspaper or normal paper inside the boot until they’re full. Put as much as possible until they’re tight. Wait for 6 to 7 hours. Then take out the pieces of papers from inside and see the magic! To remove any bad odor, put some cedar tree inside the boots. You can also use rugged clothes instead of paper.
After this, use a leather conditioner to restore the flexibility of the fibers. It will help your boots to prevent further cracks. Make sure that you put off your laces before applying the conditioner.
4. Use a hairdryer to dry your boots
If your boots are too wet, stuff them with rugged towels. Put pressure on the shoe so that the towel absorbs the water from the boots. Then use a hairdryer near the boots’ entrance for a few minutes so that hot air evaporates the remaining moisture from the boots. Make sure the heat is at a minimal level so that it can not harm your boots.
5. Use rice to dry boots
We all know that rice helps to absorb moisture. Rice can work tremendously well for drying your boots. The drying process is easy. Anybody can do it. First, take a small container full of rice. Then place the boots on top of the rice and leave them overnight. See the result the next day. your boots are ready to wear.
6. Dry your boots with a table fan
If you have none of these options available, a table-fan can be your savior. Take out the insoles from the boots and hold them in front of the fan. You can also tie the boots with strings. Make sure your boots get air-circulation at the entrance. It will help to dry your boots faster.
What not to do if your boots are soaked?
It is very common to make mistakes when you dry your damped shoes. Here are some of the things you shouldn’t do when you get your footwear wet-
Never dry your boots under direct sun.
Never dry your leather boots under direct sunlight. It would ruin your leather boots appearance permanently with the cracks or wrinkles.
Never place your shoes directly next to the heat source.
You may think that the boots will dry faster with more heat. The concept is wrong. Your boots will be partially or permanently damaged with more heat. Don’t put the heater or dryer near to your boots to dry faster. If you have no alternative way to dry, keep your shoes at a minimum distance of 3 meters from the heat source.
There are a ton of options available for you to dry your wet shoes or boots. You don’t necessarily have to follow the fancy procedures. We would recommend you simply dry your boots in the open air, where there is no direct heat of the sun. Take out laces and insoles and dry them separately in the air. Thus your boots will be 100% safe.