Own Shoes That Smell? This Will Help

If you own shoes, you probably own shoes that smell. Thankfully for you and anyone near your noxious feet, you can easily lessen the stink.

By Christopher Reilly

When you have sweaty feet crammed inside of shoes, things are bound to get funky — especially in the summer, when it’s not only hotter, but the regularity with which you wear socks probably wanes. Taking steps to de-putrify your stinky, smelly feet will help de-funk shoes that smell, but it won’t eliminate the problem. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to take care of shoes that smell.

Let your shoes air out: Yes, we’re all envious of your Air Jordan XI’s, but wearing them all day everyday doesn’t allow them to dry. Moisture is a breeding ground for foul-smelling bacteria. Give your shoes a 24-hour rest between uses.

Stuff dryer sheets in your shoes: Shove a new dryer sheet into each shoe and leave them in overnight; by the next morning, your shoes will smell like fresh laundry. Well, sort of.

Put baking soda in your shoes: Shake baking soda into your shoes so that there’s a thin layer of it, and let it sit overnight. (Don’t use this method with leather shoes; it’ll dry them out and potentially ruin the leather.) If you don’t have any baking soda — what’s the matter with you? — use salt instead; it too will soak up moisture and leg-sweep odor.

Buy an antibacterial spray for your shoes: Products like Sanifeet Shoe Disinfectant ($20) seeks and destroys odor-causing bacteria. Sanifeet uses Podiatine, an antimicrobial ingredient that kills 99.9 percent of the stuff that makes you want to cry when you take a whiff of your sneaker.

TAGS: shoes, shoes that smell, sneakers, stink


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Andrew Calhoun (Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:05:29 +0000): Once the stink is there, it is hard to get rid of, but you would be surprised how much difference just wearing socks makes. Not wearing socks is just asking for stinky feet.
Greg Scott (Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:16:58 +0000): The biggest thing you can do is kill off the bacteria making the smell. Put the shoes in a plastic bag and leave them in the freezer overnight.
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Juana Caballero (Sat, 28 Jul 2012 16:01:25 +0000): Wash your feet often, wear clean socks. Iif you own 2 pairs of tennis alternate them, everyday. Don't wear the same pair everyday. If you only have 1 pair make sure they get plenty of air at night, sprinkle w/baking soda and wash them once in a while. Sometimes taking the inside liner of the shoe out and washing by hand helps. or/and exchange it with another one.


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