Smelly feet/shoes HELP? Suggestions please

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Do your feet/shoes get smelly ?
    Yes, but I know how to fix it (explain below!) : (20 votes)
    45 %
    Yes, but it doesn't bother me or my co-workers : (15 votes)
    34 %
    No, my feet don't sweat, I am a super lucky girl : (8 votes)
    18 %
    No, but my friends do and here's what she does (explain below!) : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    11290 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @edgebee: Embarrased to admit but I get this to, but with shoes that I’ve worn tights with

    Post # 4
    423 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Are you wearing a different pair every day?


    Post # 5
    717 posts
    Busy bee

    That happens when wearing flats all day long, everyday with no socks.  Maybe get some no-show liners?  That will help if it’s the shoes causing the smell.  i wear my flats everyday and buy new black ones a few times a year because they just do not last, $20 cheapo ones or nice $80 ones.  doesn’t make a difference.


    if it’s your feet in generald, try soaking them in a hot tub of water and throw several tea bags (regular lipton works).  let that soak for a half hour or so.  do several times a week until you see an improvement, then like once a week should be good.

    Post # 6
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Totally get this too. I take off my cowboy boots from work and I almost have to leave the room. lol Also this happens alot with flats and flip flops. If you find anything let me know!!!

    Post # 7
    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I’ve had this happen too but only with one or two pairs of shoes. I’m thinking that maybe if the shoes are cheaper (like Payless Shoes) maybe they don’t breathe as well so the solution might be to buy higher quality shoes? That’s only a guess though. Would also love to know the answer to this question!

    Post # 8
    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Blech, me too. I was using some orthopedic inserts with my moccasins, since I stand for like 50 hours a day as a teacher, but they got SO smelly that I had to throw them away. Then my dog got one out of the trash can and chewed on it! He’s a panty sucker, too, but whatever.

    It’s better if you switch shoes every day and make sure to shower daily. I might also check out some of those tiny socks, but they never stay put with my flat shoes – they always fall off the heel.

    So… stinky feet it is, then.

    Post # 9
    79 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Yup…sounds like we have a similar situation. Steps that I already use that seem to help:


    – don’t wear the same shoes all day, every day


    – wash your feet with antibacterial soap/bodywash daily, making sure to get all the nooks and crannies…and dry well


    – foot soak in baking soda


    – COTTON socks


    – washing my shoes when they get to a stinky point, and letting them dry thoroughly

    – there are foot powders you can use ( I use “Barefoot”, can be found at walmart in the hygiene/cosmetic section)





    My biggest problem right now is that I excercise a lot and I have to wear orthotics while I do so, so washing my orthotics can interupt things!


    Post # 10
    1293 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    @edgebee:  Bare feet in shoes will do this. Yuck. I hate flats for this reason. I always wear nylons, but then I have to with my job. Maybe you could try that?

    Post # 11
    1293 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    @hisprettygirl:  lol, my dog is a panty snatcher too. Little pervert furbabies.

    Post # 12
    170 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    baby powder?

    Post # 13
    423 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I second the soaking in tea, and also advise tea tree oil.  Soak in water with the oil, more like, b/c the smell of the straight oil on your feet might be worse, imo.


    Also, b/c I can’t see if you answered my question about wearing the same pair twice in a row, you shouldn’t.  Ever.  Let them air dry for at LEAST 24 hours after each time you wear them.


    ETA: also, what indecisive said about making sure they are 100% dry before putting them in shoes or anything.  That’s huge.




    Post # 14
    2971 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    this happens to me sometimes, usually with cheaper shoes. i usually keep foot powder around and when i take my shoes off at the end of the day i pour a little powder inside  to freshen them up for the next time i wear them and/or i sprinkle some on my feet before i put them on. seems to help a lot.


    Post # 15
    7349 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have sweaty feet too.  Its gross.  But on the plus side- I never get callouses!

    Post # 16
    2638 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    My feet can get pretty stinky. I use a spray deodorant on them in the mornings and it seems to do the trick. I just put a crappy old hand towel down on the bathroom floor and spray them over that so that the deodorant doesn’t make my bathroom nasty.


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