Whether you’ve been caught in a torrential downpour or simply need to dry your shoes after cleaning them, drying your trainers safely will help preserve their lifespan and keep them looking their best. Making sure your trainers are completely dry before storing them away will also help prevent the formation of mould and mildew.

In this blog post, we'll be discussing the best ways to dry your trainers so you can enjoy them for longer. So, let’s get started…


Why you should not machine dry your trainers

When it comes to drying your trainers, the most important thing you need to remember is that they shouldn’t be machine dried. Machine drying your trainers can cause them to shrink and deform. Not only can the heat from machine drying damage your trainers, it can also melt the glue used to keep them together! For the same reason, you should avoid using a hairdryer.

Therefore, it’s always best to air-dry your trainers. It is a much safer way to keep them looking good as new. Now, let’s have a look at some ways to speed up the drying process.


Using newspaper to dry your trainers

Filling your trainers with crumpled newspapers is the easiest and safest method to dry them, although it’s not the fastest.

  1. Take same old newspapers, tear them to pieces and ball them up.
  2. Open out the tongues of your trainers and remove any insoles. Remove or loosen the laces.
  3. Stuff the newspapers inside the trainers. Make sure to reach all the way to the toes.
  4. Keep your trainers in a dry, indoor place overnight.
  5. You can put the shoes by a radiator to speed up the process, but not too close.

If you find your trainers still wet in the morning, replace the newspapers and wait some more. Your shoes might take up to 12 hours to dry.


Using a fan to dry your trainers

As we have already mentioned, exposing your trainers to hot air is not recommended. However, you can use the air from a fan to dry them faster without risking any damage.

  1. Put your trainers on a sheet of newspaper or a towel, to catch any excess moisture.
  2. Open out the tongues of your trainers and remove any insoles. Remove or loosen the laces.
  3. Place the fan in front of the shoes and turn it on. Your trainers should be dry in a few hours.


Using rice to dry your trainers

This method uses uncooked rice to soak up the water. Drying your trainers with rice will also have the welcome side effect of helping remove odor.

  1. Find a box with a lid and fill it with uncooked rice.
  2. Put your trainers on top of the rice and close the box.
  3. The rice will soak up all the water in a few hours.


We hope these simple tips help you to dry your trainers safely so you can enjoy them for longer. By using one of the above methods, you can preserve their lifespan and always keep them in tip-top shape!

Head over to our online store at Finily.com to check out our selection of trainers. With just a few clicks, you can have your brand new shoes delivered right to your doorstep. So what are you waiting for? Start shopping today!