How to clean running shoes

Dirty shoes - how to clean running shoesCustomers frequently ask us how to clean running shoes when they get muddy.  Equally often a mate at run club has told them to just ‘shove them in the washing machine’.

The first thing to say is…DON’T DO THIS!!!

Putting your run shoes in a washing machine is very detrimental to the life and structure of the shoe.  The warm water and detergents can break down the glues used in the shoes construction, harden the cushioning and misshape the shoe too.

The first thing to do is accept that, unless you run entirely on a treadmill, your shoes will get dirty.  See it as a badge of honour for all the miles and hours you spend running.

DO NOT wash your running shoes in the washing machine

However, if you go out on a wet day or on a particularly muddy trail they may get caked in mud, which can affect the feel and performance of the shoe. So, how should you clean them?

How to clean running shoes:

  • Let the mud dry naturally.
  • Brush the dried mud off the shoe.
  • Wipe the shoe all over with a sponge soaked in clean warm water, use a toothbrush to get in the difficult areas if you need to.
  • Leave to dry in a warm room.  Never put on a radiator or direct heat source.
  • If you’re able to remove the insole you can wash this separately to keep your shoes fresher smelling, plus it will also speed up the drying process.
  • If your shoes get soaked through on a run, perhaps you went into a puddle, or during the cleaning process then you’ll need to aid the drying process a bit further.  All you need to do is put the shoe in a warm room and stuff with kitchen paper (newspaper if you don’t mind the print), change the paper regularly for best results.
  • Need to remove a smell? Then use some Halo Sports Wash, it’s anti-fungal & anti-bacterial and kills athletes foot fungus 

If you’re a regular outside runner in bad weather than having two pairs can help, alternating to allow more drying time.

Our Loyalty Scheme members receive a Loyalty Multi-Shoe Bonus when buying more than one pair in-store