Don’t put your shoes in the dryer.
Heat from the dryer can melt the adhesives used in the manufacturing and will damage your shoes. It’s also best to avoid direct sunlight unless it’s for a brief period of time.
Don’t leave your shoes out in the sun for extended periods of time.
The sun is powerful. A little bit of time in the sun can help your shoes dry faster, but if you forget about them for too long, the shoes can be damaged by the sun’s rays.
Be careful with suede!
Most running shoes are pretty straightforward to clean, but some road running shoes have suede accents (most commonly found on shoes by Diadora and adidas), which are challenging to clean. He may not have been a runner, but Elvis asked people to stay off his blue suede shoes for a reason.
If you have a shoe with suede accents, don’t use soap and water on those areas. Suede absorbs water, so washing it with soap and water is likely to make stains set in. Instead, start by brushing off any dirt with a dry brush. Then use a dry melamine foam (like a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser) to brush off dirt. If that doesn’t work, white vinegar or rubbing alcohol can be used, sparingly.
Most running shoes are made with fabrics that are expected to get dirty and easier to clean, like mesh and canvas.