Dry your boots

Do you have frustration from your boots taking long to dry? You dislike wet shoes? Are you sure you are doing it the right way? Worry no more. 

This article would provide effective tips on how to dry wet boots in the most possible short time.

Everybody loves dry boots, especially if you are a lover of adventure. Imagine on your ride, you come to a creek, then you hit your feet to find a way, and then your boot get soaked in water.

How annoying that could be. Wet boots might cause discomfort, and sometimes blisters, and maybe on your bad day, a frostbite.

But knowing there are ways you can get it dried as fast as possible, without causing any damage to the boot, and to continue with the use the next day, would relieve you of any worries.

Well, we have all been there, I have had my boots heavily drenched by water, and with the awful experience that comes with it, I've put together a list of my best tips to getting your boots dry as fast as possible.

Please read on carefully, and be adequately informed on how to dry boots fast.

What to do before drying your boots

Some preparations might prove important and unavoidable before drying your boots, so as to ensure you get the best of results. 

They're not hard to do, convenient, and not time draining. Some of them are :

  • To avoid leaving a mark on your boot, or a sudden and early discoloration, it's very important, before drying your boot, to take out mud or dirt using a clean towel or soft brush. This is easy to do, and should not be avoided.
  • It is best to take out the boot laces to dry them separately. Drying your boots with the laces in them might leave a direct consequence on the areas below the laces. It's also advisable to take out the insoles before drying.
  • To save your floor, it's wise to lay the floor with a towel before drying your boot, as dripping muddy and dirty water would find their way to the floor to decorate it with stains. Regardless of whatever method you would be employing in drying your boot, ensure the floor is protected by a towel.
  • As much as you want your boot to dry as fast as possible, it's very important you ensure you don't expose the boot to direct heat. Direct exposure to heat have costly implications, as the exteriors of the boot would suffer a damage, and materials such as glue that is saddled with the responsibility of holding the components of the boot together would suffer a heavy blow.
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Methods to dry boots

There are sizable numbers of ideas to drying your boot effectively. However, your choice of method would be dependent on the availability of resources. Here are some of the methods to pick from:

Using old newspaper

This is possibly the most budget-friendly method you would, considering it only requires old newspaper, that ordinarily would be discarded. 

It's also simple, easy and convenient to do. The newspaper sheets should be removed and rolled into balls to stuff the boot with.

The balls should be loose so as to be able to absorb as much water as possible. The paper should be distributed everywhere in the boot to the leg opening, so as to be widely effective.

The paper should be replaced few hours after with another, so as to exonerate the already soaked paper.

Using a towel

Using a towel could be an answer to how to dry boot overnight. It has similar process to that of newspaper. 

Towel would be tightly immersed in the boot, so as for it to absorb the moisture, and as soon as it is soaked, it would be replaced by another towel.

This process could be time draining, and is usually just done overnight, but for faster results, this method and the newspaper method can be combined.

Using a fan

This is also regarded as one of the safest and effective method of drying boots. All it takes is your non heated fan and a piece of wire. 

The wire would attach the boot to the exteriors of the fan while the fan will do the job. It's important a towel is placed beneath so as to receive escaping water droplets from the boot.

With the fan running over the night, your boot is as good as dried by morning.

Using rice

You must have heard of using rice to absorb moisture from a phone. Does it work? I've not tried it. But using rice for wet shoes? Yes it works perfectly well. 

Get a correct sized bucket, fill with rice to almost an inch high, then place your boot, and cover the top with a lid. Leave for hours or over night, and expect satisfying results.

You can choose to replace the rice, as done with newspaper, if you feel it is appropriate.

Using the sun

If not to be done overnight, direct exposure to sunlight is the most straightforward way of drying boots. It doesn't stress and do not take much time. 

The insoles and the laces only need to be taken out, and the boot placed somewhere exposed to sunlight. And the job would be done in some hours.

Using boot dryer

This might come off as an unnecessary luxury, but for whoever has some pairs of boots or shoes, it's an important and excellent gadget. 

It's also considerably safe for the boot integrity and durability. The pipes with the hot air only need to be introduced to the interiors of the boot, and in few hours, it is dry.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long do boots take to dry?

It depends. It depends on the methods used and the materials the boot is made of. 

For example, it'd only take one or two hours using a boot dryer, and can be over the night for some methods like newspaper.

What's the fastest way to dry my boots?

The fastest way is apparently using boot dryer. However, getting a dryer could prove a luxury to some, so other methods might still have to be the options to pick from.

Are boot dryers bad for leathers?

As long as the device is operated correctly, any form of boot is okay to be dried by a boot dryer.


Boots require a very good sense of maintenance. Not adequately drying wet boots would not only expose your feet to harm, the boot might begin to smell, and the lifespan might get ridiculously reduced. 

I've provided above some methods to consider when next you've your boots soaked, however, it'd also important you avoid situations that'd get your boots unnecessarily wet.

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