The art of keeping your footwear healthy
There's no worse feeling than starting your hike, ski day or running with wet boots on? Cold, risk of blisters, discomfort... the inconveniences associated with wet boots are numerous! It is therefore essential to pay particular attention to drying your sports shoes. It should even become a (correct) reflex after each outing. A bit for the maintenance of your equipment. And above all, for the comfort and hygiene of your feet.
Here are our tips and the solutions we offer at Sidas to dry your shoes!
Why is drying your sports shoes so important?
If the foot had a worse enemy, it would be moisture. After all, moisture only has consequences, at best unpleasant, at worst disastrous, on our feet. Cold, blisters, discomfort... the risks of not fully enjoying what is supposed to be a moment of pleasure in wet shoes are manifold. Especially when the humidity is double: linked to the foot working and therefore sweating, but also to the rain, snow or muddy conditions.
There are three main benefits to drying your shoes well:
The hygiene of your feet. Drying your ski boots or running shoes cleans them while limiting the risk of unpleasant odours. Say goodbye to the risks of bacterial proliferation or fungus, which are no more appreciated than in hot and humid environments.
The comfort of your feet. What could be more unpleasant than putting on a wet shoe early in the morning? In any case, there is nothing more conducive to creating overheating or even blisters during the activity.
- The maintenance of your equipment. A dry shoe is a shoe that lives a long time! Not drying your shoes after training is a bit like going back to your "college years" when you used to leave that ball-shaped towel in your swimming bag. Because yes, moisture damages materials when salt attacks them!
How to dry your sports shoes?
Follow this good advice. To have the right reflexes.
Advice to apply whether you're a skier, trail runner, avid jogger, cyclist or hiker!
The best time to dry your boots is directly after your activity. It's a matter of giving your equipment a few seconds when you get home for a real benefit in the long term. Just before returning to your sofa with a clear mind.
- If your shoes are really dirty, you might as well give them a life-saving rinse before drying. They will give you back the care you give them by increasing their life expectancy tenfold.
- Ideally, you should remove all the elements that make up your shoes, especially the insoles, to let them dry independently and optimally.
- Caution! There is one mistake you must not make. In a hurry, you might be tempted to speed up the drying of your shoes by placing them under or on a source of intense heat. In the sun for example, or on a radiator. You mustn't! Drying your shoes too quickly with too much heat will damage them. Hence our first piece of advice, earlier in this list.
Our solutions! The essential shoe dryer!
Experts in foot care and very concerned about foot comfort, we at Sidas have developed a range of shoe dryers perfectly adapted to all uses and all sports! More than just accessories, they are real must-haves.
The great novelty! The Ferrari of the shoe dryer! Light and practical with its adjustable size tubes, it dries and sanitizes your shoes in record time thanks to its ultra-violet lamps that prevent the development of bacteria. Suitable for all sports, it nevertheless requires a mains plug to work.
The natural shoe dryer, made from 100% cedar wood chips, which will accompany you everywhere, and for a long time. Very useful because it can be used without a plug connection, it absorbs moisture 4 times faster than open air drying. Your most faithful ally on your hikes or adventures of several days.
Small but (very) strong! The most compact shoe dryer in our range is equipped with a timer that automatically controls the drying time. Easy to transport and to store in a bag, it is a real Swiss Army Knife which, thanks to its ventilation system, can also be used to dry your gloves or other textile items.