The suggested cleaning method for New Balance athletic shoes is to use a light bristle brush (an old toothbrush works well) and a light detergent (either dishwashing or laundry).
Scrub the shoes with the brush and use a damp cloth to wipe clean.
Allow the shoes to thoroughly air dry for 24 hours.
Can I wash my New Balance sneakers in the washing machine?
If you can’t resist throwing your athletic shoes in the washing machine, remove the insoles, put the shoes in a shoe bag, and wash the shoes on a gentle cycle with some old towels– these will keep the shoes from banging around against the sides of the machine. Using sport detergent on the shoe is also a good idea.
Why do New Balance shoes stink?
Anyone who has worn sneakers knows that with continuous wear they hold on to foot odor. Clean smelly New Balance shoes to get rid of embarrassing foot odor. Athletic shoes are more prone to smells from perspiration due to exercise. Anyone who actually runs in running shoes is going to perspire in them.
Does washing shoes damage the washer?
One of the problems with putting shoes in the washer is the damage that the wash drum can do. That’s why you should always put your shoes into a wash bag to protect them from getting caught on the drum. If you don’t have a wash bag, you can use a pillowcase instead.
Can you put New Balance sneakers in the dryer?
We recommend about 4 to 6. The towels will help to balance the load and prevent your shoes from loudly slamming against the inside of the washer. Remove the sneakers from the washer and allow them to air dry. NEVER put shoes in the dryer, as the heat may warp them or damage the glue that keeps them together.