Post # 1
I see people wearing flats without socks all the time in the spring/summer. Everytime I try to do this my feet sweat and the shoes end up smelling awful after I wear them only a handful of times. I don’t have this problem with flip flops or sandals, just flats or even closed toe heels if worn without tights/pantyhose.
I don’t know if I have exceptionally sweaty/gross feet, but how do people do this? Anyone else have this problem? Are there any tricks?
ETA: Think I posted this in the wrong place, sorry 🙁
Post # 3
There are socks made just for flats, they are called toe covers or something. I get mine at Target.
Post # 4
My feet sweat terribly in flats, I just use odor eaters foot powder in them so they don’t stink!
Post # 5
I have some tiny socks that I sometimes wear but mostly just resign myself to the fact those shoes won’t last too long and don’t spend too much money on them. I heard you can freeze shoes and it’ll kill the bacteriahtthat makes them smelly.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I powder my shoes with Burt’s Bees baby powder. It makes a world of difference. I also carry a mini travel-sized powder with me all day so I can refresh my shoes.
Post # 7
The moisture gets trapped and grows….stuff.
I spray them with Lysol or wipe out the insides with rubbing alchohol and let them dry our really well in between (rotating your shoes helps with this) basically the disinfectant kills bacteria and fugus (gross I know) and drying them out gets rid of the moisture, soggy shoes are an ideal breeding ground for icky stuff.
My whole family has this problem, I think we got stuck with genetically sweaty feet.
ETA: I’ve heard Javex is good too, I’m just deathly allergic so I go with alchohol based disinfectants, also bleach will, well, bleach some things.
Sometimes if there’s room I use Tana Miami insoles, they’re terry cotton and made for bare feet, they’re washable too! 🙂
Post # 8
omg lol i’m exactly the same – mine are absolutely gross. but as long as the shoes are on – it’s okay.
the other day i got in the house and my SO was like *you’re inside – take your shoes off* and i was all *er, NO, my feet stink*
but my shoes are cute, and i hate socks in the summer. no thank you. i just spray shoe spray into them when i get home and it makes them better. then i wear socks for the rest of the evening!
Post # 9
I always add thin insoles when my shoes are new and replace them on a regular basis.
The shoes themselves stay like new.
Post # 10
you are not alone! Foot powder to the rescue!
Post # 11
Thanks everyone. I guess I should invest in some odor eaters insoles and try some of these tricks. Where do I get shoe spray? Is that what it is called?
Post # 12
@EleanorRigby: Dr Scholl’s makes a shoe spray and I get it at the pharmacy, same section as the insoles usually. I find the Lysol and drying after wearing them makes the biggest difference, kill the odor bacteria and you’ll have less stink, but the shoe spray before putting them on helps too.