I do not suffer with sweaty or noisesome feet as a rule, but I have a couple of pairs of shoes that have inexplicably become so. One is a pair of canvass plimsolls and the other is a pair of very expensive, leather crepe-soled pumps that look like cats. The cat shoes were fine until I inadvertently went in the sea in them; maybe they’re just upset. Cats don’t like water. http://www.tukshoes.co.uk
There are remedies for getting rid of unpleasant smells from your shoes, but your first port of call must be personal hygiene. Feet take a right old battering, carrying us about all day and they must be given air, light and soap to keep them shiny. Lots of people have fungal and bacterial infections without knowing it and these can not only cause whiffy feet but can also be passed on to other people.
Care of Feet:
Wash your feet regularly, making sure that you get right in between your toes and dry them well afterwards
Keep your toenails clean and trimmed – if they are thickened or discoloured visit your pharmacist and get some cream for it – fungal infections are unsightly and catching
If you get itchy smelly feet, visit your pharmacist and get some cream for it
Let your feet breathe – cramming them in dark confined spaces all the time can only lead to trouble
Change your shoes regularly – any shoe will smell putrid if you wear them seven days a week
If you’re not wearing socks or tights, consider trainer socks or ‘footsies’ which cover the bottom of your feet but don’t show above the shoe line
Always wear cotton or cotton mix socks as they let your feet breathe more
Use a deodorant – but quite honestly, I would look at hygiene first; get rid of the biohazard, get rid of the smell!
Removing the Smell
Some shoes can be put in the washing machine as a first line of defence. Pop them in a bag and put them in the machine with an old towel to protect the drum
Sprinkle the insides of your shoes with bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) last thing at night. In the morning bang them together outside or into the bin to get the crystals out
Charcoal or silver insoles are easily available from shoe repairers and shoe shops
Charcoal bags and little bags of special drying crystals can also be purchased and work very well
Cedar – cedar chips or insoles have anti-fungal and deodorising properties
Freezing your shoes can also kill off the fungus or bacteria which cause stinkiness. Put the shoes in individual plastic bags and put them in the freezer for at least twelve hours
No excuses – clean your shoeses!