Best Way To Wash Tennis Shoes

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  1. new_tennis_player

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    When I've had sneakers for a while, and I'm not concerned about whether washing affects them, I just toss them in the washer and even the dryer to boot.

    Now I've got a new pair of tennis shoes, and they've gotten dusty from walking on dusty trails. So, they're lightly dirty.

    How do you take care of this? Do washing machines affect the compression/padding of the sneaker at all? Does it affect the leather adversely?

    What's the best way to simply clean the exterior of the shoe?
     
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  2. Mansewerz

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    I don't know if it's the washer or dryer that does it, but whenever I wash my shoes, I feel like they shrink.
     
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  3. Donny0627

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    why were you walking on a dusty trail in tennis shoes?...
     
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  4. Tghaz04

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    I was wondering the same thing too. And do you need to put them on the gentle cycle?
     
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  5. rjg007

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    Put them in an old pillow case in the washing machine on a cold wash cycle, this prewvnets them from shrinking and then let them dry naturally. It works a treat for me everytime I do it and I do it once a year after the clay court season.
     
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  6. ayuname

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    Toothpaste + toothbrush
     
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  7. SplitStepper

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    wash and dry, but don't dry the insoles!!!!! I break in barricades this way. weat them right out of the dryer and they seem to mold to your feet.
     
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  8. WildVolley

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    I find it interesting that a lot of people are drying the shoes in a dryer. Most of my shoes say specifically not to put them in a dryer.

    If I wash them in the washer, I scrub them down with a brush first and then I dry them off after the wash with an old towel, shove some newspaper in them and dry them in the sun.
     
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  9. LPShanet

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    Washing machines aren't a great idea, especially if you paid a lot for the shoes and care about them. The machine can beat up shoes, and bad things can happen, especially if you don't take out the laces. Also, the machine is overkill.

    A good first measure is to buy a sneaker shampoo. Many athletic stores sell these, and while they're not super-effective at deep cleaning, often they're all you need. So give one of those a try (usually along with a tooth brush) and then see if you still need deeper cleaning.

    Also, NEVER put a high performance shoe in the dryer as the heat can ruin the bonds, and trash the glue, as well as impair the resilience of the midsole materials.
     
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  10. SplitStepper

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    I've said it before.....I have owned roughly 30 pairs of barricades. The last 15 or 20 pairs I've washed upon purchase and then each month afterwards. They always go into the dryer and they always come out just fine. In fact they come out much more comfortable. The glue and bonds have never failed me. The only mistake I made was putting the insoles in the dryer once. The insoles shrunk, but the shoes are built so well that there is no negative effect to washing and drying. The proof is in the pudding.
     
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  11. a-naik.1

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    Thanks for the tip! Worked great for me!
     
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  12. jonline

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    I would agree. There's no need to put them in the dryer--just let them sit for a day with, like you said, some newspaper or a washcloth stuffed in each of them.
     
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  13. new_tennis_player

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    I decided to call Nike about it--they discourage washing machines, drying machines or even soaking the shoes in water. Just washing off the dirt with a damp cloth or scrubbing some trouble areas with a toothbrush is all.

    I wouldn't have a problem with throwing shoes in the washer if the shoes are older, but with newer ones, unlikely.
     
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