How to Dry Leather Moccasins

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Leather moccasins are soft, comfortable and have been around for a long time. If you wear your moccasins outdoors, at some point they will likely get wet. Do not worry, though--they are not ruined. As long as you dry them properly, you'll be able to wear your mocasins again.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Fan
  • Remove the insoles from the moccasins, if they have them. Set the insoles aside to dry separately or else they (and the moccasins) will smell like mildew. If your moccasins have laces, remove them.

  • Use a lot of paper toweling to absorb some of the moisture from inside the moccasin. You can just stuff a bunch of toweling (gently) inside the moccasins and leave it for a few minutes.

  • Remove the paper towels. Set the moccasins on a table or other solid surface in a cool area. IMakeShoes.com advises not to set moccasins to dry in sunlight or near heat as this damages the leather. If your home has a fireplace, don't set them by the fire to dry.

  • Turn on a fan in the room to keep the air circulating. This speeds up drying slightly and can prevent mildew, especially if the weather is humid. Let the moccasins dry completely before wearing them again.

Tips & Warnings

  • Weatherproof your moccasins to help keep them dry. MarieShoes.com recommends using a milk, oil and beeswax mix, that is heated and then carefully applied with a brush--but you can use a spray-on formula intended for the appropriate kind of leather If your moccasins are suede, use suede spray. If they are buckskin, use only a spray suitable for buckskin.
  • MarieShoes.com warns you should never attempt to dry moccasins in a clothes dryer.

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