How To Dry Wellies

How To Dry Wellies

Drying wellies is pretty simple, with the proper technique, you can have them dry and ready to wear again in no time. Here are some simple tips for drying your wellies:

  1. First and foremost, remove the insoles and any excess water inside the boots. This can be done by using a towel or paper towels to blot the inside of the boots.
  2. Next, stuff the boots with newspaper or paper towels. This will help to absorb any remaining moisture and will also help to maintain the shape of the boots.
  3. Place the boots in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause the boots to warp or discolour, while heat sources can cause the glue or other adhesives in the boots to soften or melt and cause the boots to fall to bits.
  4. Once the boots are mostly dry, you can remove the newspaper or paper towels and stuff the boots with clean, dry towels. This will help to finish absorbing any remaining moisture.
  5. Finally, once the wellies are completely dry, store them in a cool, dry place

A few things to note:

  • Don’t be tempted to stick your wellies in a tumble dry. Even at very low heat, the dryer can damage the boots, especially if they are made from natural rubber. You might get away with tumble drying PVC rain boots on a very low temperature, but we still wouldn’t recommend it.
  • Some rain boots have an insulating lining to help keep feet warm in cold conditions. Such linings can take considerably longer to dry. This is especially true for fur linings which can take a lot lot longer to dry compared to wellie boots without a lining
  • Some rain boots have a leather lining; it is best to let them dry naturally and not use any heat source to dry them
  • Avoid leaving the boots in direct sunlight, as this can cause the boots to warp or discolour.

How to dry wellies fast?

So, you’re in a bit of a rush and can’t wait a few hours or longer for your wellies to dry. Well, there is really only one option that works well: the hair dryer.

Using a hair dryer on low heat can soon dry the inside of your wellies. First, remove the insole (if it comes out, not all do) and as much water as possible using paper towels or newspaper. Then turn on the hair dryer on low heat and continuously move the hair dryer about at the top of the boot. This will prevent the wellies from getting too hot in one place and potentially causing damage.

It isn’t necessary to get the hair dryer right inside the wellies; just blasting the warm air down the top of the boots will work fine.

Following these tips will help ensure that your rain boots dry properly and are ready to wear again in no time.


Last update on 2024-05-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Why are my wellies wet inside?

As the saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure’, so It’s worth asking why your wellies got wet on the inside in the first place. Below are some common reasons as to why wellies get wet inside

Puncture or split – Rubber boots can split or get punctured, making them no longer 100% waterproof. We have a great article on how your can repair your wellies.

Over the top – Most wellies have a wide opening at the top of the shaft which can let rain drip down into the boots, or if traversing some deep water, it may go over the top of the boots. There are several ways to stop water from going in over the top of your wellies:

  • Wear gaiters with your wellies, they will help prevent water from going in over the top
  • Some boots have an adjustable seal at the top of the boots that can be tightened to stop water going inside
  • Don’t go out in the rain or walk through deep water 😊

Sweaty feet – Boots are nearly always made from rubber or PVC, these materials are 100% waterproof both inside and outside. If your feet sweat, there’s nowhere for the moisture to escape. The quick and easy solution is to wear socks with your wellies, which will help soak up moisture. There are special boot socks available that are designed to be especially good at absorbing moisture.


Last update on 2024-05-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Not 100% waterproof – Some wellies are not 100% waterproof. This is common with boots with zips on the shaft’s side, allowing water to seep in. Other boots may have a rubber or PVC bottom section, but the shaft of the boot may be made from a neoprene type material, which isn’t completely waterproof

 Remember to take care of your wellies and they will take care of you!

Richard Cutts

Richard Cutts

I've been working with rubber boots (aka rain boots, wellies) in one way or another, since 2009. So, i've seen a lot of wellington boots in my time. I create most of the content for the website, which i hope you find useful.


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