How to Properly Dry A Wet Trekking Shoe

We’ve all been there. You go on a nice trek, it starts to rain and you get wet. But this is part of the adventure and the thought of a wet trekking shoe should not deter you from going on treks during monsoons.

Getting your shoes and feet wet can make you feel miserable. A wet trekking shoe can also cause blisters on the trek. but don’t worry its quite easy with our Tips on How to Properly Dry a Trekking shoe.

We’ve all been there. You go on a nice trek, it starts to rain and you get wet. But this is part of the adventure and the thought of a wet trekking shoe should not deter you from going on treks during monsoons.

Getting your shoes and feet wet can make you feel miserable. A wet trekking shoe can also cause blisters on the trek. but don’t worry its quite easy with our Tips on How to Properly Dry a Trekking shoe.

 

 

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Here Are Some Tips on How to Dry a Wet Trekking Shoe

  1. Start with the inside of a shoe. Use a piece of dry cloth to wipe away any excess water that might have entered your shoe. Using the cloth would speed up the process of drying your shoe.
  2. Use the same cloth to wipe away any excess water on the outside of the shoe. This will also help remove any mud and grime that would badly affect the leather or suede fabric. This step also increases the life of the shoe.
  3. Use can use some mild detergent to remove any mud on the outside and inside of the shoe.
  4. Remove the laces and let the shoe dry out in shade. This is the most ideal situation where you let the shoe dry on its own. You could keep it in a room temperature environment and let it dry out too.
  5. Once you feel the shoe has been air dried sufficiently, roll up some old newspaper and place it inside the shoes. The newspaper will absorb any moisture that has been left on the inside liner of the show.
  6. Store the shoe in a cool dry place where it can dry out further before your next trek.
  7. This step will also prevent any odors from forming in the shoe. If you do notice any odors forming, check for any moisture on the inside and air out the shoe in sunlight. This exposure to air will remove any bad odors from your shoe.
  8. Now if you’re going on a multiple day trek and if it gets wet on the first day, your best bet would be to let it air dry the same night. You could wear a woolen sock that would keep your feet warm. You could also keep the shoe in the room with a fireplace that we see in places like Himachal.
  9. Never keep your trekking shoes near a fireplace or the campfire for an extended period of time. The high degree of heat from the fireplace or campfire will mess with all the glue in between the layers of soles. This will destroy your shoe.

These by far are the simplest methods to dry a wet trekking shoe!

Once you get home after the trek, you should clean and store your trekking shoes in a way that prevents mould formation

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