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June 9, 2013

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to get muddy running shoes clean


After yesterday's 8 a.m. 5K splash/mudfest at Ash Lawn-Highland — James Monroe's home about 20 minutes from me, a few miles down the road from Monticello and his neighbor and friend Tom Jefferson — a woman and her posse asked me, as we were all heading out to our cars for the rainy drive home, if I knew of a good way for her to get the red clay mud off of her shoes.

That was one sloppy race, and along with the puddles and slippery footing it was darn hilly, pretty much run entirely through pasture that had been driven over by a heavy vehicle so that there was some ability to gain traction in the wheel-flattened grass.

But I digress.

In fact I did and do know the best way to clean up messed up running shoes and I told her no worries: cold water wash, regular detergent, make sure you take the liners out of the shoes and throw those into the machine too, then let the shoes and liners air dry and they'll look and smell as good as new.

Stick them out in the sun to dry if you want them to smell even fresher.

The key thing is not to toss the shoes into the dryer: while it won't visibly damage or ruin them, my sense is that the heat and evaporating water won't do much for their longevity or structural integrity.

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better yet, how to keep everything from sticking to your shoes............https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IPM8OR6W6WE

Posted by: rob | Jun 10, 2013 9:08:24 PM

I used to frequent an amazing shoe repair place in the New Orleans suburbs ... and they convinced me to put shoe trees in my sneakers when drying them. I recommend it.

Posted by: Dave Tufte | Jun 10, 2013 12:07:49 AM

Far from the old days of the Nike Marathon II that you had to waterproof so they wouldn't come apart if you ran in wet grass...

Posted by: Scott | Jun 9, 2013 10:31:20 PM

I was always told to put thing like shoes into an old pillow case so any debris, like small stones, don't go into your drum.

Posted by: jo | Jun 9, 2013 6:19:07 AM

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