How to Dry Shoes Fast

When athletic shoes get wet, it’s important to dry them quickly to reduce mold and odors. Here’s a simple way to dry your shoes in no time using a portable fan:

  1. Cut two pieces of 6” long coat hanger wire using wire cutters or pliers.
  2. Bend each wire into an “S” shape with a large hook for the shoes on one end and a small hook for the fan on the other end.
  3. Attach the small hooks to the fan grill on the side the fan blows out.
  4. Loosen the shoelaces, and hang the shoes from the large hook with the inside of the shoes facing the fan.
  5. Turn the fan on so it blows through the shoes.
  6. Leave the fan on until the shoes are dry.

Watch this video to find out more.


  1. Hey Michael, Glad you liked the shoe-drying tip. It is surprising just how quickly the fan dries soggy shoes. I found that leaning shoes against the fan didn’t work very well because vibration from the fan caused the shoes to fall over. You must be a better shoe balancer than me. That’s when I started hanging the shoes from wire hooks. In any case, thanks for writing and good luck!–Joe T.

  2. How long can I dry my shoes while they were in the shower are they going to be dry in the morning before I go to school.


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