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Winterize Your Running: Pre-Heat Your Sneakers

Running in cold weather can be extremely invigorating. As long as you plan ahead for icy terrain and frigid temps, you can avoid falling or getting frostbite. Your extremities are the first things to get cold, so for your hands, windproof running gloves are essential. To keep your feet warm, try this little tip.

Use your blow dryer to heat your sneakers with some hot air. Heat each shoe for 15 to 20 seconds, and immediately slip them on your feet. If you start your run with warm tootsies, they'll be more likely to stay that way once you're in cold temps. You can do this with your mittens or gloves too. Remember to use a blow dryer and not your own hot breath since it contains moisture. Once the moisture gets cold, it will freeze and so will your hands and feet.

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Allytta Allytta 8 years
but aren't sneakers made of leather? and heat is very bad for leather... i just read it somewhere in shoe care suggestions on fabsugar :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Awesome idea!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've never thought to do this with my shoes, but I do this with my gloves all the time because it works! My husband is a huge hair-dryer fan...the first winter after we got married, I heard him using my hair dryer after he got out of the shower. Since he has super short hair, I opened the bathroom door to see what he was doing. He was blow drying his entire body! I asked him what he was doing and he said "I'm cold! This warms you up and dries you off at the same time...you should try it". It cracked me up...men can be really weird sometimes :)
TADOW TADOW 8 years
I can't believe I never thought to do this!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
That is an awesome idea! I'm going to try it tomorrow.
michlny michlny 8 years
I heat my socks with a dryer -- putting on warm socks is soooooo comforting and toasty!!
hoya21221 hoya21221 8 years
This is totally unrelated, but I have that same hair dryer and I love it!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Awesome idea. I don't run, but I do walk. I wish I had though of this already!
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