Caring for your Running Shoes

25 07 2012

“Can I wash my shoes when they get dirty?” is something we often hear around the store.

Washing your shoes is fine, but we recommend that you rinse them with cold water in a sink or outside with a hose. If you want to use soap, use a liquid detergent, because it rinses easily. Putting them in the washing machine can reduce the life of your shoes if the porous midsole foam takes on water.

When your shoes are wet, open up the laces and tongue, remove the liners, stuff the shoes with newspaper, and place them near a source of cool, dry air. On the floor in front of the refrigerator is a good place to dry them. Switch out the wet newspaper with more dry newspaper after a few hours, and they should be dry by morning.

Don’t use heat to dry your running shoes– that can shrink the shoe which will change how they fit and will compress the midsole foam (the cushioning part of the shoe) which will reduce their usable life span (This is also a good reason not to store them in a trunk during the heat of the summer.)

If you have any questions about caring for your shoes, just let us know!


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