S.O.S. from the Stink

sweaty smelly shoesLet’s be perfectly honest – you don’t sweat.

‘Other’ people might sweat, sure. Especially in the summer. But you don’t. And you definitely don’t sweat inside your favorite shoes. That would be barbaric.

But *if* you did sweat, then you’d (hypothetically) be happy to learn that there’s plenty you could do to keep your shoes from becoming soppy, smelly messes. So, just for fun, let’s consider some of these hypothetical solutions to your nonexistent shoe odor problem.smellycat7

  1. Let them air out. With men’s shoes it’s often advised to avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row to give each pair a chance to dry out and breathe. Women are more likely to do this regardless, but it does bear mentioning the “dry out and breathe” factor. Consider where you’re leaving your shoes the night after worn – well ventilated and cool, or humid and stuffy? Opt for cool ventilation.
  2. When possible, use inserts. What used to be bulky and suitable only for full shoes can now be easily applied to most any style of shoe you can imagine. Inserts are available in a wide variety of styles and comfort models, but for the purpose of killing odor go for the baking soda varieties. And if you’re worried about your odor-eaters being seen in your sandals, be sure to check out the new line of stylish inserts from Summer Soles.
  3. Inserts aren’t a long term investment – change them often. Yes, this coincides with point 2, but it bears special mention.
  4. Stick to breathable materials. Consider the lining and padding of your shoes. If it’s vinyl, rubber, or some other synthetic material then it might not be the best bet for a long day in the heat.
  5. Make socks work for you. Granted, many summer shoe choices don’t involve socks. But when socks are called for, stick to cotton or polyester rather than nylon. And don’t be bashful about changing mid-day if needed.
  6. When all else fails, it’s powders and sprays to the rescue. Sometimes socks and inserts just aren’t an option. But foot sprays and powders can always fit. Just like sun screen can save your summer skin, frequent application of a good foot spray or powder can save your summer feet.
Keep those feet dry and happy with some foot spray!
Keep those feet dry and happy with some foot spray!

 

Oder-fighting insoles keep the stink in check.
Oder-fighting insoles keep the stink in check.

 

Cute and functional? It can be done!
Cute and functional? It can be done!
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