While there is no set time frame in which you should be cleaning your shoes, you may want to check the tread underfoot, especially if you are running on mud and dirt! When mud accumulates at the bottom of your shoe it can lead to a loss of traction which will put you at risk for slips. If you run on the trail often then check your shoes regularly to make sure they are free and clear of any debris!
If you are using your shoes for road running you may not need to clean your shoes as frequently. Scuffs, grass stains, and a little dirt here and there just mean that your shoes are getting good use! If you would like to clean your shoes though we have some tips to help you out.
First things first - do not machine wash or dry your shoes. Excessive soaking in a washer or heat from the dryer can warp the fabric or foam on your shoes, and tossing your shoes in a spin cycle will weaken the material (and may also damage your washer or dryer). We recommend that you clean your running shoes by hand, all you will need is a damp cloth or soft brush and mild detergent. Follow the steps below to help keep your shoes squeaky clean:
How to wash shoes:
1. Brush the bottom of your shoes to remove caked-on mud and dirt.
2. Remove your insoles. Using a damp cloth or brush, gently hand wash the shoe uppers in warm water with mild soap. Make sure not to submerge or soak the shoes in water.
3. Lightly rinse with warm water.
4. Stuff your shoes with newspaper (plain if you have it) or paper towels, and allow them to air dry. This will help your shoes maintain their shape and dry out a little bit faster!
5. Follow the above steps to wash and dry your insoles separately. When they are all dried out, you can reinsert the liner and hit the road again!