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Drying Shoes

Old 09-16-18, 04:24 PM
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Drying Shoes

What do you use to dry your shoes after a complete soaking following a several hour ride in rain ? I've seen a few electric dryers on Amazon, has anyone tried them ? With what level of success ? I plan on using a shoe cover this winter but know from experience that one way or the other my shoes will be completely soaked after the ride .
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Old 09-16-18, 06:49 PM
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I just turn them upside down over a register so that the furnace dries them overnight. But that might only work if you live in a cold climate like me.

Another trick is to roll up some old newspaper and stick them all the way down into the shoe, leaving a good portion of paper sticking out. Then put an oscillating fan on them. It works surprisingly well, if you are in a dry climate.
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Old 09-16-18, 07:17 PM
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Like above and of you can, remove the sole of your shoes and dry them separately.
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Old 09-18-18, 11:38 AM
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Yep, sound advice from dh024. The newspaper trick really works, also as wind protection bye the bye.

Prevention is my tip: wear shoe rain covers.
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Old 09-18-18, 12:27 PM
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Stuff with newspaper.
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Old 09-18-18, 01:23 PM
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buy a boot dryer (it does shoes too)

i have 2 of these

https://www.amazon.com/PEET-Dryer-Or...rds=boot+dryer

good for drying boots obviously, but shoes too. Feet sweat no matter what you are doing. Drying them daily prevents odor, and you get to put on a nice warm pair of shoes
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If it's an occasional thing then lots of methods, but if you are commuting or otherwise a daily rider, then a boot dryer and just put them on there every time,e ven if a few minutes to evaporate the risidual perspiration or an hour when soaked through due to rain or snow.
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I remove the insoles, stuff a rolled up Shamwow! in each shoe, put them on that insert rack in the dryer, and they're ready to wear in about 40 minutes.

I genuinely have no recollection as to how I ended up with Shamwows. But they really do work.
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I don't ride Clipless pedals so My shoes are different when it rains..
Now, rubber bottom LL Bean..

I Did have Shoe Covers when I toured Ireland, Scotland,
starting from 3rd week of February, 21 years ago..
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I place them on a rubber mat with a fan blowing on them overnight
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As above, take out the insoles. Stuff tightly with newspaper; I then pull the newspaper out after half an hour. Leave shoes overnight in front of the refrigerator (consistent air movement, but it's not too hot). If I had a heat pump the register trick would work for moderate outdoor temperatures (until the resistance strips kick in).
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What do you use to dry your shoes after a complete soaking following a several hour ride in rain ? I've seen a few electric dryers on Amazon, has anyone tried them ? With what level of success ? I plan on using a shoe cover this winter but know from experience that one way or the other my shoes will be completely soaked after the ride .
i remove the insoles and loosen the straps. i then stuff with newspaper and maybe put a fan on them as well.
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The newspaper method works surprisingly well. I'm a believer.
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Old 10-29-18, 01:28 PM
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whatever method you use, maybe this would be a good excuse to get a backup pair of shoes?
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Was just at my local Costco and they were selling a boot and glove warmer (4 vents). Bought one because a co-worker who used to be a daily commuter said boot dryers worked great. Haven't had a chance to use it yet; need to remember to bring it to work on one of my non-cycling days.
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Old 10-30-18, 05:18 PM
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Odd solution here. Dehumidifer in the bathroom. Yes, it costs more for electricity. Keep the bathroom drier and kicks out some heat which isn't bad in colder months.

Two sets of clothes. Alternate days. So if those wet shoes are starting to get gunky, you just soak them in something like lysol and baking soda and let them dry. The dehumidifier can dry things out that are dripping wet.

Also works for exercise clothes.

What's the advantage? It's easier. You just remove the soaked items and replace them with the used ones. Shoes take a while to dry out, so maybe three pairs instead of one. Increase the drying time. When the clothes or shoes are dirty and used, you soak them in lysol/baking soda. That kills any bacteria that grows. They'll still stink eventually but it keeps that stuff from growing as much if you soak them right after they're used.


That's at home. My workplace is dry too. If it's really raining, I'm wearing casual dress shoes, so an overshoe works better to just keep the shoes dry.
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