It’s happened to all of us: you kick off your women’s or men’s footwear after a long day at work or play in Basalt, CO, and… yuck. It can be embarrassing and inconvenient, especially if you’re around other people or don’t want your home to smell like sweaty feet. Hold off on the air fresheners—we have a few tips so you can eliminate smelly shoes at the source:
- Wash your feet: Sure, it seems obvious, but are you really washing your feet? We’re not talking about just letting some soapy water run over them—you need to actually wash them thoroughly, including the soles and between your toes. When you’re done, dry them just as thoroughly before putting on shoes, socks or slippers. This will eliminate the bacteria that causes foot odor.
- Wear breathable socks: Make sure you’re wearing socks that allow your feet to breathe. When you wear synthetic fibers, you might as well be wrapping your feet in plastic bags.
- Try foot powder: If your feet sweat a lot no matter what you’re wearing or doing, use a foot powder to help keep them dry all day long.
- The baking soda trick: To de-stink your shoes, all you need is a paper coffee filter, baking soda and either staples, tape or a rubber band. Fill a coffee filter with baking soda, seal and place in your shoes to deodorize them overnight.
- The freezer trick: This trick kills odor-causing bacteria at the source. Just place your shoes in a resealable bag (you don’t want that bacteria spreading to your food) and put them in the freezer overnight. The freezing temperatures will kill the bacteria and leave you with odor-free shoes.
- The kitty litter trick: If you have cats, you know that kitty litter is designed to deodorize. If it can stand up to those kinds of powerful scents, your shoes shouldn’t be a problem. Grab a pair of pantyhose, cut off the legs about halfway and fill with fresh cat litter. Tie off and place in your shoes. They’ll deodorize and get rid of any lingering moisture from the day.
- Charcoal insoles: Many brands make charcoal insoles, which harness the deodorizing power of charcoal to neutralize odor while you’re wearing them.
- Rubbing alcohol: Finally, you can spritz rubbing alcohol into your shoes to kill odor-causing bacteria. Don’t soak them—just a light but thorough spray will do the trick. Let the shoes dry entirely before wearing them again.
We’re positive at least one of these methods will work for you.
Your source for quality women’s and men’s footwear in Basalt, CO
When your favorite pair of shoes no longer smells fresh, it’s time to get some new ones. Stop by Midland Shoe for a great selection of women’s and men’s footwear and breathable socks in Basalt, CO. Our carefully-curated selection of affordable, attractive and, yes, breathable shoes is sure to include something for everyone. Stop in today and let us help you find your perfect pair to enjoy this winter and beyond.