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How should I clean my trail running shoes?

It's important to take proper care of your trail running shoes to ensure you get the most life out of them as possible, this is what we recommend to keep your trail shoes going the extra mile and without causing damage to them.

  1. Wash them in clean water. This is only really necessary if they're caked in mud or are starting to smell, if you don't have either of these things going on you may be able to jump straight to step 2.

  2. Remove the inner soles. Start at the heel and lift upwards and outwards, they should come away easily and cleanly. Brush out the inside of the shoe and also dust off the inner soles.

  3. Loosen or remove shoe laces. This helps to create greater airflow into the shoe speeding up the drying process and helping to reduce/eliminate any odour buildup. If removing the laces is too much of a task (really only necessary if there is excessive mud build up) just loosening them should be enough to achieve the desired result.

  4. Dry them in a warm, dry place. Avoid exposing your shoes to direct sunlight or external direct heat sources as these can cause damage to the materials, breaking them down and shortening the life of your shoes. If you've had to wash your shoes first (as in step 1), stuffing each one with scrunched up newspaper is also a good idea, just be mindful that this can draw out moisture quite quickly so you should keep an eye on the newspaper and replace as required.

  5. Brush off remaining dirt/dust. Once your shoes have dried sufficiently you will be able to easily brush away any remaining dirt or dust with a stiff bristled brush. Banging the soles flatly against a wall or the ground can also help to dislodge any debris still in the tread.

That's pretty much all there is to it! Remember, don't lose sight of the fact that trail shoes are built for a bit of mud, so unless you're more concerned with making a fashion statement than getting stuck in, don't spend too much time trying to make them look perfect after each run. A bit of mud and dirt comes with the territory!

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