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Dec 31, 2018

Trail Shoe Maintenance

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Dealing with my soaked and exceptionally muddy trail shoes yesterday after the Gutbuster made me wonder - what do you guys all do to look after your trail shoes, particularly after a very muddy run? Up until now I’ve given them little better treatment than my wellies, ie let them and the mud dry out, give them a bash to get the worst off, off on the next run. Should I be looking after them better? (They don’t smell, I should add. At least I think not!)

Dec 31, 2018


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How to clean your running shoes:

1. You’ll want to wash the different parts of your shoes separately, so start off by taking out your shoelaces and insoles.

2. Fill a bucket or bowl with warm water and add 15-30 ml. of mild detergent.

3. With a dry paper towel, clean off any clinging mud, dirt or debris before you get your shoes wet.

4. Use a soft scrub brush or toothbrush dipped in warm, soapy water to clean the outsoles (bottoms of the shoes) by hand. Rinse with a wet sponge or towels.

5. Next, you’ll clean the uppers of your shoes. The upper is the part of the shoe that wraps your foot, and how you clean it will depend on what it’s made of. Fabric, mesh or canvas: Use a wet, soapy sponge and scrub gently. These materials can handle handwashing, but don’t submerge your shoes in water. Suede, nubuck or leather: Be aware that soap and water can damage or discolour these materials! Use only cleaning products made specifically for suede, nubuck or leather and follow the product instructions.

6. Clean your insoles with soapy water. Scrub the surface thoroughly with a toothbrush or scrub brush, then clean off the dirt and excess soap with a wet sponge. Don’t soak the insoles or you risk damaging the foam and its shape.

7. You can clean your shoelaces using soap and a scrub brush under running water.

8. Once all the parts of your shoes have been cleaned, let them air dry with paper towels stuffed inside. This will help absorb moisture and maintain the shape of your shoes as they dry. (Just take care not to dry them near a radiator or in direct sunlight, which can cause damage!).

9. Once your shoes have dried, you can sprinkle baking soda inside them to absorb any odours or residual moisture.

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