(Closed) Smelly feet/shoes HELP? Suggestions please

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Do your feet/shoes get smelly ?

    Yes, but I know how to fix it (explain below!)

    Yes, but it doesn't bother me or my co-workers

    No, my feet don't sweat, I am a super lucky girl

    No, but my friends do and here's what she does (explain below!)

  • Post # 32
    6432 posts
    Bee Keeper


    My tips would be:

    Start from scratch: chuck out your existing shoes, and buy new ones. It is likely that the shoes are the main culprit, and, once they start to smell, it can be difficult or impossible to rectify.

    Rotate your footwear; you should leave at least 3 days between wears, for the shoes to air. If you find that during the course of the day it gets worse, even consider bringing 2 pairs to work, and changing them at lunch-time.

    Invest in shoe fresheners, and make sure you use them.

    Only buy leather shoes; do NOT buy synthetic ones.

    Invest in some cotton liners (not nylon).

    Post # 33
    1 posts
    • Wedding: February 2010

    First of all: Don’t waste your time in trying any powders, sprays or creames. I have tested almost everything. They doesn’t really work in the long term.

    The easiest and cheapest way to eliminate sweaty or smelly feet:
    Use special antibacterial cedarsoles (eg: zederna insoles). The cedarwood binds moisture and reduces bacteria. They work awesome. 

    Post # 34
    745 posts
    Busy bee

    what barbie86 said.  Good pointers.  Basically, if you know the shoes already smell, there’s not too much you can do about it, even if your feet are sparkling clean every morning they’re gonna stink by noon if the shoes are old/smelly.  Invest in some quality leather shoes and rotate, rotate, rotate – I’d say at least two pairs per week.  Get some sock liners.  Products with tea tree oil in them can do wonders if your feet still tend to get a bit rank by midday – it’s a natural antiseptic.  

    Good luck!  

    Post # 35
    9129 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @edgebee:  Shake baby powder into shoes and leave overnight.  Shake out into the trash in the morning.  Can also get odor eaters.  Wearing stockings can reduce the odor but it will still build up over time.

    Post # 36
    2564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I spray my footsies with tea tree oil spray after my shower and spritz a bit in the shoes.

    Post # 37
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’ve heard of the soaking in tea remedy, but there’s also one involving apple cider vineager.

    Post # 40
    1 posts
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Generally the smell comes from bacteria/fungus. Spray your shoes with antifungal spray and was them with dish soap. Also make sure your let them fully dry before wearing them again swap she’s every day the other issue is the pores of your feet are an outlet for toxins don’t wear shoes with out socks and where white socks bleach your socks spray shoes with anti fangled spray. Use a nail brush to dig under nails before hand. Use peppermint or tea tree oil. When getting out of the shower dry between your toes thoroughly. Yes pedicure egg to get excess skin off after you have soaked them. Use coconut oil to moisturize them. Put clear coat on before painting them. The smell of feet before they get to bad is a natural turn on for most guys. I have been attracted to feet since I was a toddler and guys do the same thing shave them and pedicure them girls don’t like ugly gross feet. Try rubbing cucumber on them and leaving it over night. The majority of guys who like feet like painted hairless feet.

    Post # 39
    586 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I only really get unpleasant feet when my feet can’t breathe. My favorite work shoes are all mesh nikes, breathable, supportive, and all around efficient! Another tip I’ve heard is to place a fresh panty liner in the bottom inside of your flats (if that’s what you wear often) I know it seems a little strange, but it should do the trick! After all, they’re supposed to be absorbent, and usually fresh-scented! (And probably a heck of a lot more efficient than tissues!)

    Post # 40
    882 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

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    edgebee :  Omg I have the same issue, but for me its only with flats (heels, flip flops, boots, runners are all fine)


    I figured its because flats have such crappy air circulation and not made of best material.


    My suggestion is to wear nylons, they actually do help 

    Also maybe get flats with small little holes as part of the design /some sort of opening so air can get in


    Or maybe open toed pumps?







    Post # 41
    657 posts
    Busy bee

    Get those no show socks. I had to try a couple of brands before I figured out what worked for what shoe. 

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