How to Dry Tennis Shoes in Dryer

It is important to always keep your tennis shoes clean and in their best condition before you step onto the court for your upcoming match. A well-pressed outfit combined with a clean pair of tennis shoes will help set you apart from the rest of the members in your team. 

However, the most annoying situation that many players have to deal with is undried shoes. Nobody likes putting on wet and soggy shoes for a match on the court, and we are sure you resonate this opinion of ours as well. 

But not many people actually know how to dry tennis shoes in dryers, therefore leaving their homes with wet and soggy shoes on. But we don’t want that to happen to you as well. 

To help you out today, we have compiled a manual on how to dry tennis shoes in dryer by only following a few simple steps. Without further ado, let us dive right in!

Clean the Shoes

First and foremost, you will want to clean (as in wash) your shoes in a bucket of warm water with soft detergent to get all the nasty stuff out. Soft detergents are capable enough to take out the gunk and dried dirt from the sides and soles of the shoes. 

Check the Label

The next thing you will want to do is to simply check the label that comes attached on the underside of the tongue. This label is usually what will let you know if the pair are compatible with machine dryers or not. 

Do not forcefully machine dry your shoes if the labels state otherwise as that will ruin and tear the overall material of the pair. 

How to know if the Pair is Machine Dryable?

  1. The Sign 

There is an easy and simple way to know if the pair you want to put into the dryer is compatible with the machine or not. 

For example, if the tongue or heel of the shoes state an “X” sign, note that you cannot put the shoes in the dryer. However, if there is a circle sign inside a square, you can in fact put the shoes in the dryer, but on low heat only. 

Make sure to be on the lookout for these signs on the label as they can save you from a great deal of hurt and extra splurge in the future!

  1. Material of Shoes

Another way to know if you can or cannot machine dry the pair of tennis shoes that you own is by checking out the material of construction. Know that materials such as cotton, polyester or dry canvas are ideal for machine drying, however you should only use natural air to dry out shoes constructed with leather, suede or rubber. 

Shoes made of leather or suede material can end up cracking or bending if you put them in for machine drying. At the same time, you also do not want to machine dry any other kind of shoes that contain sequins or beads on the external body. 

Not only can the beads and other embellishments fall off, but the items can also damage the interior of the machine dryer

Machine Drying Tennis Shoes

Now that you know what kind of tennis shoes you can put in for machine drying, let us take a look at the steps to completing this activity. 

Step 1: Tie a Knot

The first step to drying your tennis shoes in a dryer is to tie a knot of the laces together so that the pair does not fly around the machine dryer when it is being operated. 

You do not have to tie the knots too hard together, as a simple half knot will be enough to secure the deal. 

Step 2: Hang the Shoes 

The next thing you want to do is pick up the shoes by the laces, and hang them inside the machine while closing the laces in the door. All you need to do here is just place the laces outside of the door, close the door and secure the shoes inside the machine dryer. 

Here, the door will keep holding onto the laces, therefore allowing you to be hands-free while the machine does its job. 

If your machine dryer comes with a rack installed inside, then simply leave the wet shoes on the rack and the rest will be done. 

Step 3: Use Minimal Heat

Since the pair will be sitting right inside the machine dryer, you will want to use as minimal amount of heat to dry them out. The best way to dry wet tennis shoes is to set the heat levels inside the machine to ‘Air Dry”. 

Most machine dryers come with this feature, however, you can simply set the temp to “low heat” if your machine dryer does not come equipped with the former feature. 

The key here is to use minimal heat as you do not want excess heat to shrink the overall material and fabric of the tennis shoes. Not only will this ruin the quality of the shoes, but it will also shrink the pair to a smaller size in general. 

Step 4: Time the Drying 

You do not want to go overboard with the machine drying session, as that can have an adverse effect on the quality of the shoes. Usually, a 15 to 20 minutes session is good enough to completely dry out the shoes without ruining the built of it. 


We hope that by now you have a clear understanding of how to dry tennis shoes in dryer and know what to do to keep your next pair in its best condition. Remember to always check the labels and signs on the inner part of the tongue before you pop the pair into the dryer at low temp!

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