How to clean running shoes - 3 tips for keeping your shoes tidy



• Running outside in bad weather can mess up your running shoes quickly

• But a quick makeover can return your shoes to top condition

• If you can, remove the sockliner or insole and wash it separately

• Then remove surface dirt with an old toothbrush, some warm water and anti-grease soap

• Don’t dry your shoes over a radiator – just leave them to dry naturally

If you're running outside, your shoes come across everything from mud and puddles to leaves and grit. All of this dirt can make your shoes look worn out before they really are.

So once in a while your shoes just need a makeover.

  1. Wash the sockliner or insole separately if you’re able to remove them. This will help make the inside of your shoe fresher. Laces can be washed or just replaced.
  2. Remove surface dirt such as mud and grit. Use an old toothbrush or nail brush, a little warm water and a gentle, anti-grease soap. This should take care of the dirt, and is fine to do once in a while.
  3. Dry your shoes naturally and don’t place them near a radiator. Direct heat will alter the shape of the shoe. Open out the shoe and then stuff the inside with kitchen paper or newspaper. The paper will absorb the dampness inside the shoe. A shoe takes about twelve hours to dry out.

If you're a frequent runner, you may want to use two pairs of shoes for winter running, so you can alternate between them as each pair dries out.


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