As a runner, you won’t say I am lying if I say that your running shoes are the most essential gear when you’re out running. On the same note, it’s important that you keep them clean and dry so that you prolong their lives. I am not saying that you shouldn’t be free to dirty and wet them during a run, but what I mean is that you must ensure you clean and dry them after every run.
It’s advisable that you keep them as dry as possible when you’re not wearing them, which not only increase their lifespan but also protect you from hurting yourself as well as cut on blisters by the time you put them on.
However, it’s not only about keeping the shoes dry but about how you do that is the most important thing. For instance, if you dry them on a hot sun or next to heater, you would damage them faster than if you had left them wet because the rubber will disintegrate. The best thing to do is to ensure that they’re not near the source of heat. The ideal place would be underneath the window where there is enough sunlight penetrating in.
The best way to dry your shoe is by removing the insoles and if possible, that should happen every time you’re not wearing them. Some may say that this method would bring confusion because you might forget which shoe a certain insole belongs to. To avoid confusion, the ball of the foot should remain sticking inside the shoe as you pull out the insole instead of keeping each pair of shoes with their insoles.
Without the insole, the drying time is reduced and the shoe will dry very quickly. This helps in that you will only take a short time after a run to do the cleaning as well drying.
Another effective and quick way to dry your shoes is by taking them off the floor and put them in a place where enough air can circulate under them. For instance, placing them on a rack will not only allow enough air to circulate under them, but also allows for easy dripping of water from the shoes. In that way, you also protect them against water that could had dripped and stayed in contact with its fabric. It would be better if you keep the wetter ones down closer to the floor and follow that order depending on the wetness of each so that the driest stays on top. In that way, if you come back from a run, you simply put it in a place of the previous wetter one, which you now move higher.
In case the shoes are extremely wet, you can use these methods in addition to the ones above.
The first one is placing them in front of a fan so that the constant dry air that is moving around the shoes will curry away the moisture from them and evaporate. Currently, it’s the safest and easiest way to dry the wet shoes. I would advice that you place them on a rack as you let the fan do the work for you.
The second method is using the newspaper to stuff your shoes so that you speed up the drying process. The newspaper will absorb the moisture that is trapped in your shoes hence making them dry quickly. Be sure not to let the newspaper stay for too long inside your shoes because the print in them might stain your lovely running shoes. Its better if you replace the newspaper after every short period until the moisture is no more.
Keeping the shoes dry would make you feel comfortable in every next run as well as reduce blisters.