How to Clean Your adidas Running Shoes

Running shoes can take you many places, but if you run outside, the elements can impact the cleanliness of your shoes. It’s often easy to get grass stains, mud splashes, dirt, dust, and puddle splashes on your running shoes. Here are some simple ways to keep your shoes looking fresh and clean, even when you wear them often.

Read our guide to cleaning running shoes.

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

When you need to wash your running shoes, follow our step-by-step cleaning guide.

  1. Remove extra dirt: Lightly bump your shoes together to remove excess dirt from your shoes. To get into the smaller areas, use a small brush to wipe away surface dirt (old toothbrushes work well). Be careful not to scuff fabric areas.
  2. Lightly wash any stains: Mix eco-friendly laundry detergent with some warm water and use a washing cloth to gently rub any superficial stains on the material surface of the shoes.
  3. Light rinse any stain areas: Thoroughly rinse the washing cloth in warm water to remove the detergent, and lightly wipe the stained areas with the clean cloth to remove any detergent left on the material.
  4. Dry your shoes: Allow your running shoes to dry at room temperature. If there’s any excess liquid inside the shoes, put newspaper inside to soak it up.
  5. Wash laces: If the shoelaces need to be cleaned too, either wash them in a delicate bag in the washing machine or gently hand wash with eco-friendly soap. Alternatively, replace the laces with new ones.
  6. Air out the insoles: If you can remove the insoles, do so while cleaning the rest of your running shoes and air them out. If the insoles have a strong smell after a few sweaty runs, sprinkle a little baking soda on the dry insole to absorb the odour. Leave overnight and shake off any excess powder that remains.

What Not to Do When Cleaning Shoes

  • Don’t wash your running shoes in the washing machine: Washing machines have deep and fast cycles. These intense washes can damage or discolour running shoe fabric.
  • Don’t put them in the dryer or by heaters: Putting running shoes near high temperatures risks changing their shape. Dry them at room temperature.
  • Don’t use chemicals or bleach: These harsh chemicals can cause discoloration of the shoes.
  • Don’t brush or scrub hard: Running shoes can be made from delicate materials. Scrubbing shoes can cause damage to weave or mesh materials on the upper-shoe. The Pure Boost and Ultra Boost running shoes use these types of materials which shouldn’t be scrubbed.

Some More Cleaning Tips

Here are some maintenance tips to keep your running shoes clean.

Spot Clean: Whenever you notice marks on your shoes, try to remove any stains as soon as possible by following the step-by-step cleaning guide above. If you leave shoe stains too long, the stains can permanently stick to the fabric of your shoes.

Safe Storage: To keep your shoes in the best condition, keep them inside. If you leave shoes outside, they can be damaged by the weather. Rain can damage the shape of the shoe, while the sun can wear away at the upper-shoe and can make white soles turn yellow.

A Little Cleaning Maintenance Goes a Long Way

When you maintain the cleanliness of your shoes, they can last longer in their best condition.

After you’ve cleaned your running shoes and they’re feeling like new, there’s nothing better than taking them out for a run. Feel like treating yourself? Do your feet a favour and buy running shoes from adidas.