How To Keep Your Shoes Smelling
Fresh And Prevent Foot Odor
By Eugen Lisov
Having smelly sneakers is, to
say the least, a big problem. Im sure everyone has had
issues with this at least once in their lifetime. If you found
this article, you definitely know what Im talking about.
What Im going to do here is to lay down a few strategies
that you may want to put to use in order to keep your sneakers
and footwear in general smelling fresh.
Because its better to prevent
something bad from happening
than to try to fix it when its already too late, I will
offer here only tips on preventing the bad smell from sticking
to your shoes. If your shoes already stink, the situation is
a little more complicated and it deserves its own article.
In order of importance, heres
what to do to avoid stinky shoes:
1. Buy quality shoes. This is
vital. Try to only buy shoes made
of natural materials, because they allow you feet to breathe
the sweat to dissipate much easier. Synthetics are toxic for
your feet, because they prevent ventilation. You go for an hour
jogging wearing them and the next thing you know, everything
around starts rotting.
It is nice to see good looking
shoes at low prices and you may
think youre getting a good deal. Trust me, youre
not! They will break sooner than you can imagine, and the cost
and effort to keep them in good condition and smelling great
just isnt worth it. You get what you pay for.
I recommend you chose a slightly
more expensive and higher
quality shoe for now and youll save more in the long run.
2. Maintain hygiene. Nothing new
here, but a lot of people seem to overlook this detail. When
youre showering, dont forget to wash your feet too.
It sounds dumb, I know, but when showering, most tend to forget
about the feet. Since all water and soap goes to the feet, why
bother washing them? But thats not enough. Were talking
about the most awful smelling part of our bodies. Do you think
only water and soap will do the trick? I dont think so.
There are many types of abrasive
stones and sponges you can find in the stores specifically for
this. Use them. They work wonders. They remove the dead lair
of skin on your feet, the onethat causes most of the bad smell.
Also, alternate cold and hot
water on your feet. It better cleans the pores in your skin and
well, the sweat smells a little better. If your feet smell so
bad, you should also alternate soap brands. Soaps have different
composition and they act on different chemicals. If you use two
soap brands, youre more likely to neutralize more of the
bacteria that produce bad odor.
3. Change your socks often. Again,
very obvious, but still, most forget about it. Use a clean pair
of socks every day. Changing them twice or even three times a
day is ideal, but once is the minimum allowed. If you use the
same socks as yesterday, your shoes and feet may have something
to say about it. And you dont want to hear it!
If you do jogging or other sport,
wash your feet before putting another pair of socks on.
Oh, and make sure you wear socks
made of cotton or even wool, because synthetics make you feet
4. Rotate you shoes. You should
have more than one pair of shoes handy. One day you can use one
pair, the next day another pair. This way, they have enough time
to take some air and for the sweat to evaporate.
5. Leave your shoes to breathe.
Its a good practice when you get home to put your shoes
somewhere out in the open (not if it rains, of course). The wind
will brow some fresh air and the sweat will evaporate. And for
some reason, when you put on a pair of shoes thats been
ventilated, you feel so comfortable. Its like you have
new shoes. You should do this especially if youre involved
in some kind of sport.
6. Clean your shoes once in a
while. I dont know why, but when you keep them clean on
the outside, they tend to stay fresh on the inside for longer.
Maybe because you sense that something isnt all right on
the inside and you need to do something about it. But dont
rely solely on this. You wont get the results youcrave
7. If theyre wet, leave
somewhere to dry. If it rains, makesure you put the shoes to
dry before putting them in the shoe box or wearing them again.
When there is water inside the shoes, they start to rot in less
than a day and it smells awful, especially if they are already
a little smelly.
If you follow at least some of
these simple strategies, you shouldnt be having any problem
with bad odors coming from your shoes any time soon. Good luck!