How to Dry Out Shoes & Socks Fast

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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

Step 1

Remove the insoles from your shoes and set them aside.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Drying Socks

Step 1

Put your wet socks in an electric clothes dryer.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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