5 Ways to Dry Shoes in 1 Hour or Less

Need to be at that wedding in an hour? Your kids jumped in the mud and completely destroyed their sparkling white shoes?

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Or have you been caught in the rain but have a date in a couple hours?

Well fortunately it is not the end of the world and there are lots of ways to dry your shoes.

There are some quick fixes that can be done in less than an hour and those are what you’ll find in this article.

These methods are good for drying shoes in a fast manner and don’t have to wait a long time.

However, you also need to realize that there are some risks involved, which I will talk about below.

You Can Risk Damaging Your Shoes

Now before I dive into the methods, I want you to know that there will always be risks involved when trying to dry shoes.

Of course low heat settings will prevent damages as much as possible.

But I just want you to know that if you put heat settings up high, your shoes can warp, shrink, soften adhesives, discolor and even break apart.

Always keep that in the back of your mind when drying shoes because I take no responsibility for any accidental damages.

But hey, what else can you do when you’re in a pickle and need a quick solution?

Life needs a bit of risk to make it exciting!

So now that we have that out of the way, lets get right into the methods.

Method 1: In the Oven

The oven is indeed a viable solution to quickly drying shoes.

However, keep in mind that you will need to keep an eye on it at all times.

How to:

  • Set the oven at the lowest temperature. The lowest is usually about 170 F
  • Turn the fan on inside the oven, which will help with air circulation and dry faster
  • Next step is to sit your sneakers on the oven door and keep the door open. Keeping the shoes away from direct heat is #1 priority
  • Put some baking paper or tin foil under the shoes
  • Check the shoes every 5 – 10 minutes and make sure they are not burning

All shoes are different and will dry completely at different times depending on how wet the shoes are.

But as a rule of thumb this method will take about 1 hour to dry.

Method 2: With a Hair Dryer

The hair dryer is more preferred by lots of people who dry their shoes on the regular.

Not everyone has a hair dryer, but if you do then this is a viable solution.

Follow these steps:

  • Loosen the laces and remove the insoles
  • Pull the tongue up to maximize air flow into the shoe
  • Turn the hair dryer on the LOWEST setting and face it toward the shoe
  • Make sure there’s lots of distance between the shoe and the heat source (around 10 – 15 inches, as direct heat will damage the shoe)
  • Check the shoe every 5 – 10 minutes

This method can take 1-3 hours depending on how saturated the shoes are.

Method 3: In the Dryer


The dryer is my favorite method because some shoes can actually be dried in the dryer.

As long as it says it’s allowed on the label, we are good to go.

Otherwise if it does not, you should stick to the other methods I’ve mentioned.

Keep in mind that the dryer does have some risks involved like damaging the shoe.

However, it should be okay as long as you follow the steps below.

Fortunately I have already done a full guide on this which you can view here.

The dryer is the quickest way to dry shoes and will take less than an hour.

Method 4: With a Fan

The fan is the safest route to take because we aren’t dealing with direct heat.

We’re using cool air and the sun to our advantage to make this work.

It will still work if there’s no sun but it’ll take longer.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Remove the laces and insoles
  • Lift up the tongue to maximize air flow into the shoe
  • Hang the shoes on the fan with the cool air going directly inside (cut wire hangers to create an “S” shape and hang them on the fan)
  • Turn the fan on medium
  • If possible, place the fan near the sun but not directly in the sun. The fan can use the heat to speed up the process

This usually takes 1 – 2 hours to dry but include the sun and it will dry faster.

Method 5: By the Fireplace

Okay, so the fireplace is not my recommended method but it is definitely possible to dry your shoes in an hour or less, so I had to include it in this list.

This does not have to be as complicated as some make it out to be.

Basically, hang the shoes at a decent distance away from the fireplace, enough to dry without burning the shoes!

I recommend starting from a distance of 2 meters depending on the height of the fire, then adjusting as required.

Pro Tips

Don’t use the microwave – Unless you want black smoke filling up your microwave and absolutely burning your shoes, I suggest you stay away from putting shoes in the microwave.

They aren’t designed to heat anything other than food and you’re only asking for trouble if you decide to do it.

Don’t literally put your shoes in the oven – When I say put your shoes in the oven, it means sit them on the oven door.

That does NOT mean literally putting them in the oven and closing the door, unless you want burnt-to-the-crisp shoes.

Always check every 5 – 10 minutes – Shoes get damaged when they are not checked on regularly.

No matter what method you are using, I highly recommend checking up on them every 5 – 10 minutes to make sure they are not burning.

Remove shoe laces when drying with the fan – Make sure you remove the laces when hanging the shoes over the fan, otherwise you risk the laces going inside and damaging sh*t

Don’t use the oven method with kids or pets around – Pretty self-explanatory

Always keep shoes out of direct heat – The shoes warp, shrink, soften adhesives and discolor when exposed to direct heat sources. This means always use the lowest heat settings

Don’t dry them under direct sun – Some might say this is the best option, but the sun is a source of direct heat. It is a recipe for disaster and your shoes will likely warp or shrink

Wrapping Up

One other thing you should know before leaving this article is to make sure your shoes are sparkling clean before trying any drying methods.

Dirt, mud and scuffs can leave permanent marks if not removed before drying.

And yes I have a whole article on washing your shoes too.

Also keep them away from direct heat sources and you will do fine to prevent any damages as much as possible.

Well I hope you found this article helpful.

Please leave all your comments and concerns below and I’ll get back to you asap!

Otherwise thanks for reading and have a great day.

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