How to Clean Your Running Shoes

That last run may have been invigorating, but the muddy trails you splashed through probably weren’t that great for your running shoes. But they’re just battle scars, right? Your shoes need to be properly worn in when you’re running, don’t they?

While it’s not bad to have a favorite, worn-in pair of running shoes, it’s important that you take care of them. Occasionally, this might even mean cleaning your shoes to ensure they last longer.

Follow these simple rules to keep your favorite men’s or women’s running shoes in proper working condition:

Take them on and off properly
After a long run, the first thing you want to do is rip off your shoes. Resist this temptation! It’s important that you don’t take your running shoes off without untying the shoe laces. Loosening them before you take them off will prevent stretching and damage.

Never put your running shoes in the washing machine
Your shoes will get dirty, but the best way to clean your running shoes is with a scrub brush, soap and cold water. Then simply let them air dry.

Properly store your running shoes
It’s important to keep your shoes in a cool, dry area of your home. They need to properly air out after each use. You don’t want to store your shoes in a locker, gym bag or trunk of your car.

Dry wet shoes
If you do happen to find yourself running through puddles, it’s important to let your running shoes completely dry before putting them on again. Simply loosen the laces, take out the insoles and let them air dry. Placing your shoes in direct heat can dry out the leather and other materials.

What do you do while your favorite running shoes are drying? Well, that’s the perfect time to shop for a new pair of men’s running shoes or women’s running shoes from Sun and Ski Sports. Having alternate pairs of shoes will make your running shoes last longer and give them time in-between runs to properly dry out.

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  1. 1 correction. Some Vibram models can’t be scrubbed down and because many of us use them barefooted, that stink can be killer. Run those through the washing machine on cold water gentle cycle (I throw them in with my technical/running clothes). At the end take them out and hang dry them. They should be good to go and the stink will be gone too!

  2. I have the new Nike running shoes in neon yellow. I think the differing results people report after washing shoes has to do with the type of shoe they are cleaning. So far, cleaning my shoes after a 10 mile sweaty run and today an early rainy mud puddle run and every couple of weeks for good measure hasn’t damaged them. They look and smell nice!

    I mix a little laundry soap with water, take the insoles and laces out and submerse the shoes in the soapy water. I sort of squeeze the soapy water through the mesh upper and use a brush to gently scrub away any stains. I squeeze the insoles and laces in the soapy water too. Then rinse all parts very well to remove soapy water then air dry in the sun for a couple of hours. But you can also air dry in shade or at the bottom of your fridge. I would not use a dryer though.

  3. Thank you these tips. I already use some of tips but offen forget to take shoes on and off properly. I guess that’s the reason why they are damaging very fast.

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