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Old 04-01-08, 08:21 AM
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How do you dry out your shoes?

when you commute in the rain, how do you dry out your shoes? I have a pair of Cannondale shoes (with cleat) that I use along with my Forte Campus pedals. Although I don't mind biking in the rain (rather welcome it in fact), I do hate putting on a wet, soggy shoe the next day expecially if it will be a little cold in the morning. Short of buying another pair of shoes, what is the best way to dry?

I have tried packing them with newspaper so they keep their form, but that does not dry them too quickly.
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Take the insoles out and place the shoes and insoles in a warm place overnight. If you still use a CRT monitor or TV, they work wonderfully as shoe dryers.
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I use high top Totes so they don't get wet in the first place.

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I pack with newspaper loosely. And change the packing once an hour. Takes about three changes. Learned the trick on bikeforums.net
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Old 04-01-08, 09:15 AM
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I have had good luck with newspaper. I really pack it in there, though, and I figure that provides more material to absorb the moisture. The shoes will be just barely damp in the morning but nothing that soaks through a pair of socks.
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Old 04-01-08, 09:17 AM
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I use a boot dryer.
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Originally Posted by Txthroop View Post
I have had good luck with newspaper. I really pack it in there, though, and I figure that provides more material to absorb the moisture. The shoes will be just barely damp in the morning but nothing that soaks through a pair of socks.
"REALLY PACKING" could stretch out shoes.
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Old 04-01-08, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by jcpom View Post
"REALLY PACKING" could stretch out shoes.
Well, ok, within reason. And since my shoes are mostly synthetic materials they probably won't stretch like leather could. Also, all leather shoes would certainly take longer to dry than mine.
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Originally Posted by Txthroop View Post
I have had good luck with newspaper. I really pack it in there, though, and I figure that provides more material to absorb the moisture. The shoes will be just barely damp in the morning but nothing that soaks through a pair of socks.
+1

Furthermore, change the newspaper after a few hours. The first batch tends to get soaking wet quickly, and having fresh dry newspaper in there really speeds up the final drying process.

If you have a warm, but not too hot, place to put your shoes in addition to stuffing them with newspaper, that helps too.
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Originally Posted by DCCommuter View Post
I use a boot dryer.
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You can make your own shoe dryer.

Find a metal box your shoes will fit in, a rural metal mailbox will be fine.
A metal desk drawer will work as well.
Install a lamp holder and an incandescent 20 to 40W bulb. A large box will require a higher wattage bulb.

The bulb will produce enough heat to dry out your shoes.
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I really like these mesh shimano mtn bike shoes. They let the water out when it's pouring, and they also dry faster in the office while I'm working. Very seldom are they not dry at the end of the day if I take the insole out when I get in in the am. There have been some biblical rainstorms where they don't dry at home over night but for some reason those have only been on the trip home, not the way in. Either way, I wear wool socks, and if they aren't dry when I need them, it's not too bad. Frequently I have to put the gloves on the (gas) water heater at home. Rarely do I think to put the shoes (sans insoles) there.
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Old 04-01-08, 10:25 AM
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I have an old Alsop ski boot dryer that works like a charm.
In my office i have a small fan under my desk that works well. Our office is pretty warm.
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Old 04-01-08, 10:29 AM
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Unfortunately shoes just don't dry out that quickly. Standard gear one takes on a road gear, usually does not include hair dryers. Unfortunately.
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First I take out the insoles and blot them with a towel then let them hang to dry. Then I take the towel and blot out the inside of the shoe until its just barely wet to the touch. I then let the shoe air dry for the rest of the day underneath my desk in the office. By the end of the day the shoes and the insoles are typically dry to the touch.

I used to stuff newspaper in the shoes too. But then I figured that the newspaper hinders the evaporation process. Blotting out the shoes with a towel and letting the tiny bit of moisture evaporate has worked for me better.
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Old 04-01-08, 03:43 PM
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If you haven't tried the newspaper you are missing something truly amazing. It really works. I get it in there pretty good and change it every hour or so if I'm in a hurry for the shoes to dry.
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Old 04-01-08, 03:51 PM
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If you're at home, set them on their sides in front of the refrigerator (with the opening toward the grate). The constant airflow will have them dry by the time you wake up.
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Get a second pair of shoes.
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Best thing I've found- - https://www.peetshoedryer.com/

You can dry gloves on it as well. I have one at home and one at work.
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On heavy rain days, I wear my dive boots. Neoprene's great.
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Since I bought waterproof shoe covers, my shoes have never been wet

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