Little survey: trail shoes

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22/03/2013 at 20:22
I put them in an old supermarket bag and hang them off a radiator. They steam for a day or so then when dry I keep them in the bag and hang them on a coat hook, all dry mud still intact, ready for the next run! Why clean them? Im never going to wear them for work!
24/03/2013 at 16:42

I never clean mine unless they get so filty that the mud is inside the shoes and they are uncomfortable to put on the next time.  Then I run them under the tap and rub the worst of it off.

But usually I just run through a puddle towards the end of my run, or stamp my feet hard when I next put them back on and the mud had dried

24/03/2013 at 21:59

I never clean mine, what's the point? I run on the trail only and they would get muddy again. When they dry I bang one against the other to remove mud from the sole (I run in Inov8 Bare Grip spikes) and use a brush like for scrubbing floors to remove more mud if necessary.

25/03/2013 at 12:29

I wouldn't bother washing off light external mud, but I hate the feel of dried mud or grit inside my shoes and I regularly run through ankle and even shin deep muck which soaks through the mesh and gets right inside them. I'd NEVER put shoes through the machine or even use soap to clean them, I just rinse them out thoroughly with warmish water and scrub off the insoles with a nailbrush then blot off as much moisture as I can with an old towel and sit them near a gentle heat to dry out.

28/03/2013 at 21:52

we have a river next to the house which i use to cool off and wash off in. the snow here is also used for the same at the mo!

31/03/2013 at 16:25

Kerry RW, any danger of getting the PM, quote facility and mail writing back to how they were about a month ago?

Various people have asked countless times now!

05/04/2013 at 18:10

Get a plastic box from a diy store with a tight lid fill it with water and washing powder then put it in the car boot after your race pop the muddy trail shoes in, by the time you return home the wave effect will clean your trainers easy peasy

09/04/2013 at 11:12

If they are just superfically muddy I leave them in the garage stuffed with paper.  If they are soaked through with mud I put the hose in to get the worst off, stuff then with paper and leave them in the garage!

09/04/2013 at 12:15

I have cross country shoes put them in a bag and the minute i get home i take them out put them in the sink and get my nail brush out and put them under warm running water and start getting initial mud off and then take my scrubbing brush to them

they are white, why do they make cross country shoes white!! well they are dirty white now, cant all trail shoes and cross country shoes be black!!!

11/04/2013 at 19:18

I have the Inov 8 f lite 195´s so I normally rinse my shoes in the river or with the hose and let them air dry.

16/04/2013 at 16:30

I don't clean mine, they might get vaguely dry standing in the kitchen before I wear them the next day, but really, life's too short. I barely get enough time to run, never mind polish my shoes. Having said that, I've come to the conclusion that the dirt around here is pretty corrosive. Pair of (lightweight) shoes came to the end of their life last night. New in December, maybe 300 miles tops. 

Edited: 16/04/2013 at 16:31
20/04/2013 at 14:07

If exceptionally muddy I'll leave to dry and then bang off the dry mud before the next run. If the insides are getting a bit on the grubby side I'll put them in the washing machine (VFF and Trail Gloves) but this is only once or maybe twice a year maximum.

22/04/2013 at 18:39

Putting them in the washing machine, then tumble dryer not trendy anymore 

Wouldn't do it myself anymore - I'm sure glues have changed (better or worse?). Also we tend to use lower temperatures in our modern washing machines.

22/04/2013 at 18:46

leave them to dry and then run in them on a dry surface a bit to get some mud off. If they get really dirty just give them a scrub with a brush but muddy shoes are a good sign! 

22/04/2013 at 20:46

My trail shoes generally get hosed down whilst still on my feet if they are bad (at the same time as hosing the dogs down!) then I just stick them infront of the AGA and they'll be dry by the next day.  I did buy black ones though so don't worry about it much - actually find my road shoes worse as they are white and the muck of the roads is horrible.  Tend not to bother cleaning them at all, just stick them infront of the aga to dry and then put them on again

23/04/2013 at 12:27

If they get muddy I tend to ask my butler two questions:

a) why hadn't the gardener removed the mud from the estate?

b) is the mud 100% organic?

I've refused to allow the staff to clean running shoes - far better to box them up, send them to those delightful little African children and simply order a new pair using the new fangled world wide web thingy.

Super. What!

OK, gin time.

24/04/2013 at 09:36

I`m not keen on cleaning them and the washing machine is a no-no! This year my solution has been to go for a run in the snow. It works great!

26/04/2013 at 14:20

I just let them dry out and then bang them together to get the worst off. There doesn't seem any point cleaning them because they'll be dirty again tomorrow!

Edited: 26/04/2013 at 14:20
27/04/2013 at 14:58

After a very muddy & wet winter spent training for the Grizzly in Devon (living in a flat with no outdoor tap), I discovered the most effective way to clean my trail shoes, is actually in the shower with me. No extra water wasted, and although I'm not entirley sure that it's good for the drain, I figured that so much mud comes off me, that a bit more from my trainers wouldn't hurt!

28/04/2013 at 08:34

I bang the excess dirt off first, then I pop a few 'Granny's Soap Flakes' in a sink of warm water. Dunk the shoes in for about ten minutes, re-fill the sink with cool water (x3) and then hang by laces on washing line untill dead, I mean dry. It's the detergent in washing powders and liquids that can destroy shoes over time. Soap flakes work much better, and they actually preserve fabrics like Goretex and eVent. This also works for walking/hiking gear and boots.

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