Can You Wash New Balance Shoes?

Can You Wash New Balance Shoes?
Like any well-used running shoes, New Balance shoes will eventually get dirty. Runners, particularly trail runners, will eventually find their shoes covered in dirt or mud. New Balance shoes can be washed, but using a bit of care when cleaning them will extend their durability.

Avoid Washing Machines

Steer clear of washing machines, as they can reduce the shoe's shock-absorption capabilities.



To allow for a thorough wash and fast, even drying, remove the shoes' insoles and shoelaces before washing and wash separately.

Hand Wash

Using a wet, soapy brush, gently scrub the entire the shoe, focusing on particularly dirty areas.

Hose Wash

Many runners find it useful to rinse off their shoes with a garden hose. An extension with a jet setting generally blasts dirt and debris off of shoes' exterior.


Heated drying can cause shrinkage in shoes, which can alter your fit. Avoid direct sunlight and clothes dryers. Instead, allow shoes to air dry on a shoe tree or drying rack.


Article Written By Billy Brown

Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California. An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight,", and, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.

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