/ Smelly shoes
Mine go in the washing machine on a cold wash with some Ecover liquid. Works for a about a week. My old leather 5.10s however, don't smell at all, or my leather La Sportivas.
My first pair of shoes stank to high heaven, so when I renewed I thought I should make an effort to not let them get smelly too! I had an odour eaters spray and that worked a treat. Spray the shoes before and after use and hey presto! Sweet smelling shoes! Ironically, the spray smells foul.
Shoes only smell because of your sweat generated by having bare feet, then that sweat rotting.
If they are lace-ups and donīt have any metal on them put `em in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
You can also do that with velcros but donīt wonder about the firework going on inside the microwave.
Also laying them in the sun is a good germkiller. i know the myth says you shouldnīt expose rockshoes to the sunlight.
For indoor use i would go for socks in my gymshoes since it doesnīt make any difference on the indoor footholds. they are always big compared to outdoors so you wonīt need that extra bit of sensitivity.
I'd agree with airing them. Once they smell it's game over, but with a new pair airing and odour eaters spray have worked for me.
Have you tried this? I did and the inside of the shoe became slippy mush.
For the OP, let them dry soon after use and add some foot powder to absorb smells.
Unless your socks are actually impermeable plastic bags, sweat is eventually going to makes its way through them and into your shoes, where it will nourish a happy ecosystem of bacteria and fungi. It won't rot any more than seawater can rot.
I'd go for the "dry really thoroughly, soak in strong disinfectant, dry really thoroughly" approach myself. If possible, dry em outside in the sun unlaced and exposed as much as possible. UV kills all sorts of stuff.
This is very good advice - I started doing this a few years ago after my shoes started to make my house smell... It really makes a difference. They do still get a bit stinky towards the end of their life, but generally they aren't too bad.
I put min in a hot bleach solution and scrub the insides out with a brush. Actually these days I just put up with the stink but the bleach works.
So you suggest drying them before foot powder, but didn't think to dry them before the bicarb?
or try this (if they still have one) http://www.climbingworks.com/the-beta/blog/2008/12/01/Smelly_Climbing_Shoes/
I'm lucky my feet don't stink, I can wear my boots for months and stick my nose in (and other people's noses in too) and they still smell like new.
> So you suggest drying them before foot powder, but didn't think to dry them before the bicarb?
No, you can add the foot powder to damp shoes, it'll dry them out quicker at the same time as reducing smell. I found the problem with the bicarb arose the next time I used the shoes and got a sweat on. It was not pretty...
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