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Inspiration, Running Tips

What is the best way to clean my running shoes?

One FAQ that frequently comes my way is…”What is the best way to clean my running shoes?”

The answer: Hand-wash them with a damp cloth and mild detergent. For best results, clean your shoes immediately after they’re exposed to mud or dirt. Then let the shoes air-dry at room temperature. It is important that you do not machine-wash or machine-dry your shoes!

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I am a runner in Seattle, Washington. When I'm not at work, I enjoy camping, running trail races and exploring the outdoors.
9 Comments
  • gina

    I have Brooks ariel tennis shoes. I golfed in them during wet weather and now they really stink. They don’t have any mud or dirt on them. How do I get rid of that smell if I can’t wash them. Thanks for the info.
    Gina

  • http://www.brooksrunning.com Joel Ballezza

    Hi Gina. This is an easy fix!

    Remove the insert, hand wash the shoe with warm water and mild detergent and let air dry. This should get you back to smelling great!

  • Samara

    Thanks for the into! I’m glad I looked this up instead of just machine washing my brooks!

  • Anna

    My washing machine has a hand wash setting on it however I am assuming the same answer applies to just hand wash is the best option still?

    • http://talk.brooksrunning.com Brooks Running

      Hi Anna! Yes, we still recommend hand washing your running shoes. We know newer washing machines have those gentle hand-wash settings, but cleaning the mud and grit by hand will save your shoes. Plus, it brings you two even closer together :).

      • Anna

        Yes thanks! I tried just washing them by hand and they look like new now even though they were really only lightly dusted with dirt, it came right off with liquid hand soap and a wash cloth and a little water in then I sprayed the inside and insoles and the sneakers with alcohol to refresh them them I dried them outside in the sun on the porch for the day thanks!!!! 🙂

        • Anna

          …sorry I just sprayed the insoles and the inside of the sneakers

  • Anna

    Hi again Anna here I am an over pronater or under pronater when I walk so I own brooks adrenoline 15’s that were recommended by a shoe sales clerk after assessing my walking habits in store last spring or summer & since then my soles have warn out almost completely around the centre ball of my foot on the sole and the same is true for the heel when would you honestly recommend replacing the sneakers that I currently own? I also have a lot of back pain also…partly from the way I sit but another part would perhaps be in my feet would you perhaps recommend I possibly get custom-made orthotics?

    • http://talk.brooksrunning.com Brooks Running

      Hi Anna! The Adrenaline GTS is a great shoe for someone needing support when they walk or run. While we typically recommend replacing your shoes after every 300-500 miles (depending on the shoe model), if the soles of your shoes are wearing through, we recommend replacing them now. You can see the latest Adrenaline GTS model here: http://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us/adrenaline-gts-16-womens-running-shoes/120203.html. For questions about back pain and custom shoe inserts (we’re sorry to hear about your back!), we recommend visiting your doctor to get their advice. Run Happy!