Drying Wet Shoes and Boots

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Wet shoes can take a bit of time to dry, but there are some ways to help this process along. This is a page about drying wet shoes and boots.


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September 10, 2005

The tendency is to put wet shoes on or near a heat source to dry them. Unfortunately, this can shrink your shoes. You want to dry shoes at room temperature. Fill the shoes with newspaper or cloth to absorb the moisture in the inside. Change the newspaper or cloth and replace with dry every few hours until dry. It will also help the shoes keep their shape.

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To dry tennis shoes after washing or to dry out any wet shoes, put them in front of the refrigerator vent grill. Open the laces wide, pull open the tongue of the shoe so the air can get inside and lay shoes on their side with the opening facing the grill. Hold you hand over the grill while the refrigerator is running and you will feel air blowing out one side more than the other, so use this side for faster drying.


This is room temperature air so it won't shrink the shoes like a dryer. By morning, they will be dry.

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February 15, 2001

Now that it is boot season, many people in our family have wet insides of the boots after being outside. To make them dry faster overnight, stuff them with crumpled newspaper. It absorbs the moisture away from the lining. Works every time!

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