A Solution For Stinky Sneakers?

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    Aug 03, 2009 3:27 PM GMT
    What works to get rid of that horrible rank STINK in your sneakers? I usually wear sneakers w/o socks.

    What will make them smell pretty again? I tried washing them, spraying them with Fabreze, even Lysol, but still they smell.

    How about nuking them in the microwave?
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    Aug 03, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
    buy new ones, cheapo. icon_razz.gif and stop wearing them without socks. That's the reason that they stink.
  • Marshi

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    Aug 03, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
    You can always buy new ones icon_biggrin.gif

    I always wear at least ankle socks with mine. They get smellier way faster if you don't wear any socks.

    Dang, I've been beaten! icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 03, 2009 3:43 PM GMT
    I have strong foot odor, and so wear socks with anything but moccasins and open sandals. The socks absorb some of the perspiration and odor. Plus I shake in lots of foot powder intended for odor control, except not with the open sandals, though I may lightly powder my feet first, anyway.

    So sometimes the sandals get bad, and if Fabreze and putting them out in the sunlight and fresh air won't solve it, I get rid of them. I have this horror that I might be somewhere, worst if it's at friends, and my sandals are reeking. And sandals are like what I wear about 80% of the time here in Florida. I just buy fairly inexpensive and replace them often.

    At the same time, the open nature of the sandals helps to reduce the odor from forming in the first place, which can involve bacteria I believe, so you might look at sneakers that are especially breathable, and not wear them all day. And then when you take them off, peel the tongues back for a good airing, taking out the removable sole insert, which most have. And wear socks, at least the ankle kind.
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    Aug 03, 2009 3:45 PM GMT
    hmmmm... looks like we're all on the same sheet of music here.
  • SolidRanger

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    Aug 03, 2009 3:59 PM GMT
    Why don't you wear socks? You really should, that's the biggest thing you can do to prevent foot odor. I always wear socks. The only shoe I wouldn't wear socks with were Van's Authentics since they are very very low profile and even low profile socks stick out of them in a very unattractive way. I solved this problem by buying loafer socks, which are true no shows. If you don't wear socks for style reasons, pick up a few pairs of loafer socks.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 03, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    Foot odor is caused by the growth of bacteria
    It's accelerated in the presence of moisture

    If you ever get caught in the rain during a run you know what I mean afterward

    Cut down the moisture and you cut down the bacterial growth
    Not wearing socks isn't a great idea
    Try wearing the shoe liner socks instead of going completely commando
    also spray some talc into the show once in a while to absorb some moisture
    activated charcoal will absorb some smell if it's not too strong too
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    Aug 03, 2009 5:35 PM GMT
    white vinegar and water...
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    Aug 03, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
    Wearing shoes without socks causes stinky shoes/feet.

    Have you tried leaving them out in the sun for a while? Pick a nice sunny day, unlace your shoes, pull the tongues out, pull the insoles out, leave them out in the sun for a few hours.
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    Aug 03, 2009 6:34 PM GMT
    nthing the suggestion to freakin' wear socks! Wearing shoes without socks is like wearing the same pair of socks for months.
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    Aug 03, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
    There are some people who get off on foot odor.
    Find one and sell your shoes to him.
    Repeat every 6 weeks.

  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Aug 03, 2009 7:43 PM GMT
    "Sneaker Balls"
    You can buy them at any sporting goods store.
    Place them in your sneakers when you are not wearing them and they absorb odor... of course not wearing socks? what do you expect?
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    Aug 03, 2009 8:34 PM GMT
    I've used my grandfathers trick for years.:Baking soda! If you don't want the mess of it in your shoes, put the baking soda in an old pair of clean socks and leave them in overnight. Or old pantyhose works, too.
    I also use the freezer to control the odor of my construction boots for years. Kills the bacteria.
    I think somehow the Arm & Hammer helps the leather last longer, too.
    I found a related article:

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/200099/smelly_sneakers_how_to_get_rid_of_the.html?cat=7
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    Aug 03, 2009 8:40 PM GMT
    Dang, I have always wondered why I don't have any foot odor in my sneakers, and it's because I wear socks! Darn, I want to smell it! icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 04, 2009 1:47 PM GMT
    Ummmmm DUH.........wearing socks Why didn't I think of that?
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    Aug 04, 2009 1:52 PM GMT
    There are products that are specifically made to deal with this... for example, Odor-Eaters has a "Foot & Sneaker Spray" that is designed to kill the bacteria and freshen the shoe.

    http://www.odor-eaters.com/products.shtml
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    Aug 04, 2009 2:14 PM GMT
    KissingPro saidUmmmmm DUH.........wearing socks Why didn't I think of that?


    Go get a pedicure; they will soak clean and freshen your feet. Buy new shoes and most importantly wear ankle socks.
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    Aug 04, 2009 2:19 PM GMT

    There's a fungus among us.

    Throw them away. Put eucalyptus oil on your feet daily for awhile.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 04, 2009 2:47 PM GMT
    Beyond the really obvious option of wearing socks*, I know a few rock-climbers who swear by putting a dryer sheet into their shoes when they're not wearing them to keep odor to a minimum.


    *and changing socks after you work out is what will prevent athlete's foot. Flip flops in the showers are useless, given the way reality works at very small sizes. The surface tension of water basically ensures that a thin film will develop on the flip flops and organisms from the shower floor will flow right up onto the sandals. You're going to be exposed to the fungus no matter what; the best you can do is not give it somewhere hospitable to live.
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    Aug 04, 2009 4:39 PM GMT
    Extreme but amputation is also an option for poor hygiene and habits. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    No feet, No problem. (chuckle)
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    Aug 04, 2009 5:16 PM GMT
    WEAR SOCKS LOL!

    Toss those fuckers in with the laundry, then wear some goddamn socks!
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    Aug 04, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    ALRIGHT ALREADY. I got it. I will wear socks.

  • Webster666

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    Aug 04, 2009 8:44 PM GMT
    If there's no metal in them, get them wet, then nuke them in the microwave for a minute. They may still be wet, so you'll have to let them bang away in the dryer.

    If they have removable insoles, replace them.

    WEAR SOCKS !!!!!!!!!