Dry ‘em Up


Rain is starting to become more frequent, meaning it’s that time of the year again. Of course, the weather is a cool relief from the warm weather that plagued us the past month. However, it also comes with its own share of complications, including the issue of wet shoes and socks.

There are very few things that are more depressing than having to spend the day in wet socks and shoes, but having to put on a still wet pair of shoes certainly is a good contender. Of course, that just means we have to find a way to dry shoes faster, but while there are plenty of ideas, being able to dry your shoes without harming them is what we should be concerned about.

Ideally, you would have multiple pairs of shoes in your wardrobe, but that isn’t a luxury everyone has. If you have a pair of shoes that you need to wear but they’re still a bit damp, here, are a few things you could try out when you’re in a pinch like that:


One thing I’ve heard of a lot is the option to use the dryer usually used for laundry to dry your shoes. I’m a bit against that, but that might just be my inner clean freak talking. Nevertheless, if you’re desperate, then it could help you, but you might considerably damage your shoes in the process. Maybe putting your shoes in a cloth bag or figuring out a way to keep them from tumbling around might help. And don’t forget to use low heat to minimise any heat damage.

The hair dryer could be a decent alternative as well, but the problem once again is the heat, which loosens the glue that binds the shoes, that could cause further damage.


Using a fan would be a way better choice than the dryer to begin with. The lack of heat will keep the glue from loosening and the constant wind will help blow the moisture away. It you’re using a pedestal fan, I’d recommend hanging them open off the fan to get maximum effect. However, it will take a little longer to dry off of course. Best if left overnight.


Nevertheless, the most, effective solution by far is the use of newspaper, which not only sucks away the moisture, but also helps reduce any odour as well. Once the water has drained from the inside remove the insoles to dry them off separately (which you should be doing if you’re drying shoes anyway), and then stuff the entire shoe as much as you can with newspaper. Replace when they get too soaked for greater effect and perhaps leave them wrapped in a dry towel overnight to dry faster.

Keeping those tips in mind, when your shoes are dried, make sure that if they are leather ones, to give a fresh coat of polish to moisturise and restore the finish to your shoe. With that, we wish you well, and may you have dry shoes throughout the season.

By Shanuka Kadupitiyage