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Method to Drying Shoes?(15 posts)

Method to Drying Shoes?TopGun8614
May 27, 2002 1:25 PM
Anyone got a good method to drying shoes quickly?
re: Method to Drying Shoes?ctisevn
May 27, 2002 1:31 PM
the best way I've found is to stuff them full of newspaper. There are quicker ways but they are not good for your shoes. when I worked at a snowboard shop I tried using a heat gun after a particularly wet commute. Not good for the shoes.... Ive hung them in front of heating ducts-not particulary bad for the shoes but somehow not effective.(?) The best approach Ive found is newspapers. good luck
re: Method to Drying Shoes?pa rider
May 27, 2002 2:52 PM
I second the newspaper. I do it every weekend to dry my mtb shoes. I put new newspaper in twice in a twelve hour period and they usually dry in that time. Sometime they may not be totally dry if I'm riding next day.

Used newspaper when we do I summer road biking tours as well.

This works well...Cheezhead
May 27, 2002 1:33 PM
I ski, and have one of those electric boot dryers that are like two hair dryers that you put the boot liners over to dry them out. This works well also for any other type of shoe you need dryed quickly.
This works well...FRED I am
May 27, 2002 1:56 PM
I put mine on top of the water heater just enough heat
to dry them.
re: Method to Drying Shoes?filtersweep
May 27, 2002 1:56 PM
This may be gross, but I hang them from the handlebar ends...
re: Method to Drying Shoes?mickey-mac
May 27, 2002 3:30 PM
I put them upside down on top of the clothes dryer and run it (with a load of course). When we had a wall heater at our old house, I used to put them on the floor near the heater. Either way, it gave just enough heat to dry them pretty quickly without damaging them.
In the dryerKerry
May 27, 2002 4:52 PM
I "regularly" wash bike shoes by simply throwing them in the washing machine with a load of clothes (cold temp, liquid detergent). Then I dry them in the dryer - 30 minutes on low heat and then switch to tumble dry (no heat). I've done this to bike shoes since starting to use plastic soled shoes many years ago. I wash the shoes to get the salt out of the leather, so I do this maybe once per year. I've seen no damage to the shoes, and my shoes typically last 40-50K miles, with failure in things like worn out soles or velcro no longer "sticky" enough. The leather seems to take it OK.
Do not use heat!Ian
May 27, 2002 5:15 PM
Some other posts recommend heat, but I would tell you to stay away from that. Heat is bad for Lorica, which many shoes use in construction today. The best way I have found is to stuff them full of newspaper. The paper will absorb the liquid. Then repeat if needed. They will dry in 12-24 hours this way.

Put them in the ovenms
May 27, 2002 5:36 PM
Preheat the oven to the lowest temperature possible (150 F on my oven). Then, turn off the oven open the door (which lowers the temperature a few degrees) and put the shoes in the oven. Close the door and leave the shoes in the oven for several hours.

I tried this method the first time when my shoes got wet in winter and were still damp after a day. It worked. However, I recommend it only in an emergency (i.e., you want to ride and your shoes still are wet). Although I did not see any change in my shoes, my gut feeling is that too much heat too often will have a bad effect on shoes.
Microwave Ovenlnin0
May 27, 2002 6:10 PM
First poke two potatos with holes and place one in each shoe. Place the shoes in the Mircowave and set for 12 min (14 min for larger feet) or use the potato settings (x2).

Serving Suggestion: Add cheese and bacon however this can be a bit messy the next time you ride.

Serves Two
Water and heat...Breakfast
May 27, 2002 7:43 PM
First thing, water and heat are both bad for leather. Now, with that in mind we know bike shoes are eventually going to get wet and the best thing to do is to start off using a quality leather waterproofing spray when they're new or before the first soaking. To clean shoes, use a good leather conditioner/cleaner and apply by brushing into the leather and wipe off with a dry cloth. When the shoes get soaked from a ride in the rain or whatever, use the newspaper method and keep the shoes away from a heat source. Change the newspaper often until nearly dry then they can dry in a warm ventilated room. That's the best way to treat them that I've seen. And do avoid immersion washing if you can help it.
re: Method to Drying Shoes?paulj
May 27, 2002 8:52 PM
I put them near (about 1 foot) the water heater. The reason this works is that the water heater burner uses oxygen to burn. The air passes over and through the shoes drying them. No heat just air flow....
shoes on thier sides in front of the fridge. nm MikeMike P
May 28, 2002 3:50 AM
May 28, 2002 8:01 AM
This works wonderfully and I proved it to two friends after a rainy ride. Just open the shoes as much as you can and set them on their sides in front of a fan so that the air blows into the shoes. Do this before you go to sleep and they will be dry in the morning! No heat to damage the shoes either!