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Old 02-09-2019, 01:32 PM
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Dress shoes left in freezing temps (need answer fast)


Have a pair of leather (or synthetic leather) dress shoes that have been left in cold or near-freezing temperatures for months. Wonder if this will cause some expansion or water condensation or something when brought in and worn indoors?
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:22 PM
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You should probably just chuck 'em and get a new pair.
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:27 PM
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There's only one good way to find out; bring them inside and let them gradually adjust to normal room temperature. They may be fine, although if they were wet, the freeze/thaw cycle might have caused damage.

If they're OK, you won't need to toss them.
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:27 PM
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Wrap them in a plastic bag before you bring them in to protect them from condensation. Then let them warm up and find out if they are ruined before you toss them.
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:35 PM
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Freezing likely wont hurt them, it's how wet they got. Likely OK.
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:38 PM
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Given that it's winter, we can assume the inside air is fairly dry. I think you can safely bring them and try them on when they feel room temperature. Just DON'T try to warm them too fast, like by putting them on a heating vent.
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:40 PM
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Wrap them in a plastic bag before you bring them in to protect them from condensation. Then let them warm up and find out if they are ruined before you toss them.
That's what I would suggest. Even when I get stuff delivered that's been on my porch all day, I'll leave the package all sealed up just like it is for a few hours before I open it.

You could also put a fan on the shoes so if there is any condensation, it evaporates right away.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:24 PM
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I still think condensation won't be much of a problem, but a fan--NOT A SPACE HEATER--couldn't hurt.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:56 PM
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I had some dress shoes left in my car for a couple of weeks. They got as cold as -21F. They seem fine.
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:59 PM
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I was gonna say something snarky, but I got cold feet.
I'll be here all week folks.
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