Dry your shoes fast after a soaking.

How to Dry Out Shoes & Socks Fast

by Melissa King

Wet, squishy shoes and socks aren't just uncomfortable to wear. If they don't dry promptly, mildew can grow and give off an unpleasant musty odor. Leaving soaked shoes to dry on their own may take days. If you're in a hurry, find a way to dry your shoes and socks in a few hours or less.

Drying Shoes

Remove the insoles from your shoes and set them aside.

Stuff your shoes with crumpled-up newspaper. You may need two sheets or more per shoe.

Put a towel on the floor and set your shoes on the towel.

Direct a high-speed fan at the shoes to help them dry faster.

Remove the wet newspaper after one hour and replace it with fresh, dry newspaper.

Replace the newspaper again after two to four hours if the shoes are still wet.

Allow the shoes to sit overnight to dry completely. Replace the insoles when the shoes are fully dry.

Drying Socks

Put your wet socks in an electric clothes dryer.

Place at least one dry bath towel into the dryer with the socks. The towel absorbs water from wet garments, so your socks will dry faster.

Run the dryer for 15 minutes, then remove the towel.

Continue running the dryer without the towel in it if the socks are still damp.

Items you will need

  • Newspaper
  • Fan
  • Towel


  • If your dryer takes too long to dry socks or other items, an obstruction may be lodged in the ducting. Other possibilities include a dirty lint filter, improper sorting or drying too many or too few items at once.


  • Don't attempt to dry your shoes in the clothes dryer. The tumbling and heat of the machine may damage the shoes. The shoes may also damage the dryer.
  • Avoid leaving your shoes outside in the sun to dry. The sun causes some shoes to fade and crack.

About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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