P.U. Smelly Shoes! How to Get Rid of That Odor

feetSmelly shoes. Kind of a gross topic, but hey, we're all friends here. I know I have this problem, especially during this summer heat, and dousing my shoes in Febreeze just isn't cutting it anymore. Now they just temporarily smell like lavendar and sweat. Sexy, eh?

So, I did a bit of research, hoping that there were other solutions other than having to toss my beloved pumps into the trash. Luckily for us, there is.


First, we have to combat the problem at hand, ridding the shoe of all odor. There are several options for this (heck, I may try all four):

  • Baby powder or baking soda: A little sprinkle of baby powder into your insoles at night, and maybe even a bit in the morning -- though not too much or you'll be creating a cloud puff with each step -- will do wonders. 
  • Freeze the stench away: Putting your shoes in the freezer (in a ziploc bag, please!) will kill most odor-causing bacteria.
  • Wash the insoles: If they are removable, wash your shoes' insoles in antibacterial soap and warm water, then hang dry, but make sure they're completely dry before putting them back in.
  • Change out the insoles: Hopefully, you won't have to go to this extreme, but if all else fails, it may be worth a trip to the store for new insoles. They even have odor-absorbing ones to keep your little problem at bay. 

Now that we have feet smelling fresh once again, here are some ways to keep it that way:

  • Baby powder: Keep up with the baby powder routine.
  • Newspaper: Each night, stuff your shoes with newspaper, it will absorb the moisture.
  • Deodorant: Hey, it works for your armpits, so try it on your feet.
  • Wear socks: I know this may not work with all shoes, but if you can wear socks (preferably silly ones because they're just more fun), you should do so.

Do you ever have this problem? What are some tips and tricks that you've tried that worked for you?


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