Tennis shoes are liked by athletes and casual wearers for being comfy, tough, and supportive. But one problem is that they can shrink if you put them in the dryer.
Here’s why it happens:
1. Heat from the dryer makes the shoe materials contract. This is more likely for shoes made with synthetic stuff like nylon or polyester. The heat can also soften the glue holding the shoes together, and that messes up their shape.
2. When shoes tumble around in the dryer, they rub against each other. This rubbing wears the materials down and makes the shoes smaller.
To avoid this, it’s better to air-dry your tennis shoes. Stuff them with newspaper or paper towels to help them keep their shape. Put them in a well-ventilated place to dry faster.
If you have to use the dryer, do this to avoid shrinkage:
1. Use the lowest heat setting.
2. Put the shoes in a mesh laundry bag to protect them.
3. Take them out as soon as they’re dry.
Following these tips can stop your tennis shoes from getting smaller in the dryer. So, keep your shoes in good shape and lasting longer.